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This article was published on September 13, 2016


Lightroom brings RAW photography to iOS

Lightroom brings RAW photography to iOS
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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to article. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead an Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to article. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an Apple fan for as long as he can remember.

Adobe just issued a hefty update to its Lightroom application in the App Store. In addition to introducing compatibility for the new DCI-P3 color space that can be found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the upgrade also permits users to capture RAW images using the Digital Negative format.

If you’ve never heard of shooting RAW pictures before, it may sound a little daunting, but believe me when I say that it’s not nearly half as scary as it sounds.

Typically, when you snap a photograph on a digital camera, it’s automatically processed before it’s converted into a positive file format for saving. What this essentially means is that it’s compressed to such an extent that detail is lost, which often makes them difficult to edit and improve.

However, RAW pictures aren’t processed when the shutter is pressed. Instead, they’re stored in an uncompressed file for manual editing. Obviously, complete novices may feel a little out of their depth, but after a spot of bedtime reading, they’ll be able to fix white balance and amend under and overexposure in no time.

Unfortunately, in order to take RAW images, users will need an iPhone that packs a 12MP camera and is running iOS 10. Sadly, this means that the functionality is limited to just a handful of devices — the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.

 

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