Lightroom for mobile: Export/Extract DNGs shot in Lightroom Mobile App to Camera Roll or Computer

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Hello. I would like to request a feature be added to Lightroom Mobile for iOS to export RAW DNG files shot withing the iPhone Lightroom Mobile app as DNGs to the camera roll. I am trying to sync to my desktop app but apparently it's been already been synced to some other catalog I no longer have access to. I cannot proceed without deleting all the images I shot in RAW on the iPhone.
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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Completely agree. There should be another way to extract the dng files than syncing.
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markinho

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Yup. Agreed.
If syncing is the only way, I will never use the option.

I hope Apple will release an update to shoot in DNG soon, or I will use a third app.
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I get good results shooting with ProCam 4 app (called ProCam 4 - Manual Camera + RAW on the app store). Shoots dng and saves them to the film roll. 
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markinho

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Thanks I will have a look.
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Hey Tony, I can help you out. Send me an email to haftel@adobe.com

@markinho, we are working on a way to export the DNG files from the camera. Since the DNG files are only the raw information, the edits made within Lightroom won't be visible outside of other Adobe products. The benefit of raw is that you can get access to the unprocessed image information and make adjustments directly, but that means you need a raw processor, and each raw processor is going to create different results and not be able to render other processor's tools. That's why it was designed around the lightroom ecosystem. Still, we've heard folks like yourself want the ability to still get access to the original file, so we're working on it :)

Josh
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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Where are you checking this? When I export original I definitely get a dng file in the photos. Note that the photos app on iOS cannot deal with raw files and simply shows you the embedded jpeg, but they will sync to your desktop through iCloud photo library just fine as seen in the screenshot below. Those files will import and work great in Lightroom. I have never transferred images using a USB cable from my iPhone so no clue whether that works but my guess would be yes.
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still not finding how to do it
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Georg, let them sync up to the cloud, then they can download to Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic on your desktop. 
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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If you don't use Lightroom CC on your desktop, you can export to your photo roll on your device. You do this by tapping the share button and selecting "export original". If you are on iOS, you can then select whether to save to the camera roll or to Files. In the first case, the image will show up on Photos on a mac. In the second case, you can save the dng to iCloud, Dropbox, etc. and it will sync up to a desktop that way. But all that said, the very simplest way is to just run Lightroom Classic or CC on your desktop.
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thanks a lot, I use LR CC on Mac and all devices, all connected but the DNGs are not showing up on the Macs LR CC. So I will go with the export to files and then dropbox I think.