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We all know how powerful Lightroom is for cataloguing and editing your images on desktops computers as well as laptops. However, you also have the power of this post production package at your fingertips on tablets and smartphones, too, in the form of Lightroom Mobile.

Commercial and editorial photographer Tony Harmer has produced this helpful Lightroom tutorial (opens in new tab) video to guide you through the basics of using Lightroom Mobile on your portable device. 

While it obviously doesn't have all the tricks and tools of the full fat version, it puts a surprising amount of editing ability in the palm of your hand – enabling you to carry out light retouches as well as some deceptively in-depth manipulation, even when you don't have access to your full editing setup. 

Harmer's video provides a friendly and easygoing introduction to the ins and outs of the smart device software, using a couple of furry subjects to demonstrate the power of the portable package. His whistlestop tour will show you how easy it is to make quick but powerful edits to your photos, whether you're uploading to your website, blog or social media.

The best thing of all is that Lightroom Mobile is free to download on both Android and iOS, making it one of the best free photo editing software (opens in new tab) packages, and an essential download on your tablet and smartphone – as well as a great roaming companion to the full-fat Adobe Creative Cloud, which is one of the best photo editing software (opens in new tab) suites if you're happy to spend a few bucks. 

In fact, if you've been unsure about whether or not you want to take the plunge on paying for a CC subscription, Lightroom Mobile is a great way to take it for a test drive and see how you get on!

• See also: Why I dumped Lightroom CC and went back to Lightroom Classic (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.