Lightroom mobile iOS: SD Raw direct import

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The ability to “full screen” cull from the lightning to SD card camera kit. I can import to the camera roll with the kit using the photos app but I don’t have full screen previews to know exactly what I’m importing and most the time importing “all” is just too many pictures to manage on my iPad pro. I’m imagining a dialog coming up “in lightroom mobile” showing all the images on my SD card, possibly the option to swipe up and down to import or discard. Or a simple “tap” to include in the import.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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That would be amazing, but unfortunately it's an iOS limitation.
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Surely Adobe and Apple can work on a solution to this.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: iOS import from SD card.

Apple offers a Lightning to SD Card reader for iOS devices.
Without direct import to Lightroom CC, a mobile only workflow isn't feasible. Duplication of tasks isn't an acceptable work around.
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There is one workaround that I have found. Though I have not fully tested it, it does solve a few problems. Again, test this yourself first!

LaCie and Western Digital both male external hard drives that have wireless built in. They are meant for use with mobile devices. They also have SD Card Readers, for one-touch copy. So, instead of the SD Card Reader from Apple, get one of these drives. You first do a one-touch copy to the drive. (One drive works with the Files app in iOS, the other with Crestive Cloud). Once you have the files on the drive, create an album, and then tap the three dots to bring up the import options (For whatever reason, you can access the Files app from the import window of an a album, but not from the import window of “all photos”). Then import directly from the drive. Now you have a backup on the local drive, and a copy in Creative Cloud via Lightroom.

It is a workaround for a true seemless workflow, but you can skip duplicating import to you device, and get a local backup at the same time.
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Nice hack, thanks for sharing Michael.