Use your iPhone or iPad as an extra keyboard to control the Lightroom development slider

Photographer Tom Landskron had recently contacted us with a great tip for using our Keyboard Tamer plugin along with an iPhone to give an extra “keyboard” with access to the develop sliders.  Here are the gritty details:


  • Lightroom 3 on a Mac.
  • Our Keyboard Tamer plugin.
  • The Keymote application installed on the iPhone.
  • A WiFi connection between the Mac and the iPhone.

How to do it:

  1. Install Keyboard Tamer and define 16 keyboard shortcuts for the sliders that you wish to control.
  2. Start the Keymote application, create a new keyset and call it “Lightroom”. Tom uses the following:
  3. Add the 16 keyboard shortcuts to the keyset and name them according to their function (e.g. Blacks +5).
  4. On the Mac download and run the Keymote receiver.
  5. On the iPhone, go to Keymote’s settings and setup a new connection with your Mac.

Congratulations – you are now ready to control Lightroom’s development sliders with the iPhone!!!!

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5 Responses to Use your iPhone or iPad as an extra keyboard to control the Lightroom development slider

  1. Rich says:

    Hi… Interested in the KeyMote iPhone App, Keyboard Tamer and Lightroom3. I have a MacPro which does NOT have a WiFi card… but it IS hard wired to my ISP/TV box that provides WiFi for my iPhone. Would the iPhone be able to see the MacPro…. Somehow I think not… but just asking.


  2. Rich says:

    Hello again,

    I was wondering how I can download the keyset for for KeyMote that is displayed above? I can not seem to find it when searching KeyMote.


    • PhoBox says:

      Hi Rich,

      You need to create your own key set based on you needs. Keymote isn’t our application, so it doesn’t come with any keysets for Keyboard Tamer.


  3. Steve says:

    This really works great and is a huge help. It’s just missing one important and much used control – temperature and tint. All of the other sliders would be nice to have but are secondary.

    Thanks for the great work!


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