How to shoot photos in RAW format on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 10

Many of us have high hopes for shooting in RAW format on the iPhone and the possibilities that open up when you edit these images on a computer. But some have very little idea of what this beast, RAW, and why photography enthusiasts talk about him so much.

In General, if your iPhone’s camera capable of doing RAW photos, these photos will be the best initial set of features for editing than images to normal JPG. And despite the fact that in smartphones relatively small sensor and a fixed focal length do not allow to compare with a “real” camera, now on mobile devices you can take photos that previously were not possible. What is one HDR…

RAW support appeared on smartphones and tablets Apple iOS 10. But it doesn’t work out of the box. Developers are given tools to add to their apps the ability to take photos in this format. One of the first took advantage of the creators of the Manual lenses. In the update 2.0 introduced the ability to shoot RAW in DNG format. The latter is based on the TIFF files contain information about the image, at least one JPG preview and the metadata that enables programs to read and process the files.

If you’ll just get a brand new iPhone out of the box and take a photo, you have a nice photo that will go in your gallery. What you have left is the work of a sensor that gathers information about the smallest points, which has a differently colored light on the pixels. The image is then adjusted (adjusted white balance, sharpness, reduced noise, etc.), is undergoing final optimization and finally becomes worthy for your screen. When this happens, extra information about the file is removed. The final result – the picture in JPG, which is much smaller in size and created using special software to look as good as this implies the algorithm.

If using Manual to shoot in RAW+JPG, you get the same result as above, plus the file that contains minimally processed version of the entire image information collected by the sensor. The sensor gathers her with very dark areas and very light, it receives information about the colors that appear different to our eyes, and more, but much of this information is lost after the optimization to JPG. In RAW it is saved and can be used.

Editing RAW on the computer a lot. Windows users and Mac can use Photoshop or Lightroom, or less expensive if not free GIMP or Photoshop Express.

One shouldn’t forget that despite the fact that support RAW and scale allows you to fine-process the photos, limits, small a fixed focal length that does not change. As much information as it can collect a large sensor of a conventional camera, we get. So in the near future, your smartphone doesn’t replace an SLR camera. So it’s important to approach it with appropriate expectations.

Due to the high hardware requirements RAW support is limited to the latest models of Apple gadgets, the format can expect iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

By the way, shooting in RAW not only with the Manual (299 RUB.) format Support added also Camera Obscura (379 rubles) and ProCamera (379 rubles) the Main condition – the presence on the iPhone and the new iPad operating system iOS 10.

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