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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Jao van de Lagemaat

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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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Josh Haftel, Employee

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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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Josh that is great to hear! One thing to remember here is that most people that want this access actually want to use the dng file in Lightroom or ACR/Photoshop, either on a second machine they have Lightroom on that is not syncing with LR/mobile (think a travel laptop while the main Lightroom syncing machine is at home/work) or because the syncing simply does not work reliably, which seems to be a problem for lots of people.
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Understand that! So there's at least two things here that we need to do:

1. Fix our sync problem (speed and reliability)
2. Fix the problem that you can only have one computer connected to the same online account

Fixing these two things would help resolve the issue with getting the DNGs easier / more reliably into Lr/ACR.

There are other scenarios as well which is why we'll ALSO be adding in an export original :)
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markinho

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Josh,
Thank you for your reply.
I like the idea of beeing able to access the DNG directly.
I use mainly the camera roll with my phone connected to the computer.
But also for quick work I use the app "GoodReader" for many cases and I would be happy to be able to "open in..." the DNG with GoodReader, and transfer the files over ftp from there.
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One of those other scenarios is that with my upload speed (darn you charter cable) it takes forever to go from my phone to my computer (sitting next to each other) via the cloud. I'd like to be able to export them to a file system (partner with photosync app maybe?) so that I can make sure they are backed up immediately, and import them in to lightroom later. If I can get an .xmp file great, if not, I'll deal and sync the very few that I tweak on my phone.
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5 months already. Fixed?
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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Yes you can now export original (I.e. Dng if you shot that) to the camera roll
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Queen Adelle

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How?
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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Go into the image. Tap the share icon (the square with an arrow out of it). Hit 'export original'. This should give you a dng file on your photo stream if your file was shot in dng mode.
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Hi, I tried to do that but it was exported as a jpg file
JB
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Another way to do it is to buy an I-Flash Device. A usb with a Lightning connector on one side and an ordinary usb connector on the other side. If you export original from Lightroom to the photo stream you can import it to the usb as a dng file. And then just plug it in to the computer.
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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.