Control Lightroom sliders from your iPad

June 19, 2015


For the past few years I have been looking at solutions like RPG keys or programming MIDI controllers to control Lightroom in hopes of saving a few minutes when post processing images. I have been un-successful due to the complexity or cost. As I was searching around today for solutions I found an iPad driven model named LRPad. Below I will take you through some of the features and see how it can fit into your workflow!

Let’s geek out for a minute and explain how this all works. First your iPad and Computer are on the same wifi network. This allows them to communicate back and fourth, simple right? On both your computer and the iPad you install a piece of software that allows them to talk. I like to think of them as Walkie Talkies. On the iPad commands are sent when you move sliders. On your computer the plugin accepts those commands and makes changes within lightroom. WIth that being said there is a little bit of lag when communicating back and forth.

And we are back, lets get this app installed! Step one head over to the Apple app store and install the iOS app on your iPad.

LRpad is a $4.99 app that can be found on the Apple App Store by clicking below:

After downloading the iOS app from the App Store head over to the LRPad website at http://www.lrpad.com/download/ so we can download the plugin!

Lightroom plugin installation
After you have downloaded the plugin, double click and extract the plugin. Once the files are extracted into a file, open up Lightroom.

Open up the plugin manager by clicking file and then Plug-in Manager

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When the plugin dialog appears, and you can see your currently installed plugins. On the bottom left you will see an add button, click on add button.

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Navigate to the folder where you unzipped the plugin (I usually keep it on the desktop). Make sure to highlight “LRPAD.lrplugin”.

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Now, click add.

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Note: If you have a firewall running, the firewall asks for permission to listed to port 57723, using application “lua”.

Now that both of the applications are installed open up Lightroom and the LRPad app and start editing your images! Like I said before there is a little bit of lag but but I feel that I still save time by introducing an easy way to make modifications to my images by simply clickling and dragging!

If you have any issues or need help please let me know by emailing me tj@tjshots.com!