There’s been a lot written about the new release of iOS 10 and the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, there is one big new feature to iOS that isn’t so obvious but greatly enhances the way we can capture and edit photos from an iPhone – RAW.
RAW format is now supported in iOS on both the iPhone and iPad for both capturing and editing, all of which developers who create apps can take advantage of – one of those has been Adobe. Adobe has updated their Lightroom app to bring support for RAW, along with support for the dual lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, improved colour, lens, and noise profiles and lots more.
Over the last few days, I’ve used this app to capture and edit some photos in RAW so I thought I’d quickly share how you can use an iPhone and the Adobe Lightroom App to capture and edit photography in RAW format.
Firstly what is RAW? Personally, the format is new to me, too, however, during WWDC Apple explained it in a way that is easy to understand. A RAW file stores the ingredients of what makes up an image and leaves it intact while a standard photo (usually .jpeg) only stores the results of the ingredients because they’ve been processed.
This means when it comes time to editing photography shot in RAW format, you can gain much better results because the image hasn’t been originally processed and all the information has left in its original state. This is what has got me so excited about all the new possibilities for photography an iPhone can offer.
Capturing & Editing
To capture photos in RAW you need to use an app like Adobe Lightroom (not the standard Camera app). In my case when using the Lightroom app I’m able to choose between taking photos in JPG or RAW at the tap of a button. I can also switch between the wide or Tele lens on the iPhone 7 Plus as well as colour balance, exposure, timer, and more.Photos I’ve captured are ready to edit immediately from within the app – and there is by no means a shortage of editing options. There’s the basics of white balance, temperature, exposure, contract, and more. Then there are a series of advanced options from tone curve, vignetting, split toning, individual colour editing, lens correction, and lots more.
Overall I’m finding editing photos can make a much bigger impact on how the photos end up looking because my photo I’m editing hasn’t been processed in the first place. It’s also where I’m finding the benefit of the performance of my iPhone 7 Plus – every edit I make instantly happens with very little delay, which is very impressive considering RAW files are extremely large in size.
It’s also worth mentioning the photos I’ve captured from the app sync across to the Lightroom on my iPad Pro, where I can also make adjustments there – at times this is great because I can edit and take advantage of the bigger display to study every detail. Once I’m done with editing I can export the photo at maximum resolution. You can also use other apps to capture RAW photos and import them into Adobe Lightroom.
Adobe Lightroom can be downloaded from the App Store.