Here's how to enable the professional RAW mode on your iPhone camera

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If you’re wondering why you’d want to capture RAW images on your iPhone, you’ll find out shortly.

When you hit the shutter button on your iPhone, it stores photographs as HEIC files by default; however, many users change their default photo format to JPEG, which has more compatibility than HEIC when accessing images on other devices.

The iPhone compresses image files using a HEIC or JPEG file, so they take up less space, thereby deleting tonnes of image data while compromising quality.

While you won’t notice any difference in quality unless you look very closely, removing image data gives you very little flexibility when editing your photos, because your image file will not contain as much colour data for colour corrections, nor as much dynamic range for adjusting highlights and shadows.

A RAW file contains what your camera’s sensor observed, with no (or very few) settings changed and minimum or no compression, implying that more of the image’s original data exists. This implies that with a RAW file, you have considerably more freedom to alter an image, tweaking its characteristics and changing the parts you don’t like.

Having the option to capture RAW shots on an iPhone is fantastic for anybody who enjoys editing their images, and it is another another reason why Apple products are frequently regarded as among the finest phones. Furthermore, setting your iPhone camera to RAW mode is quite simple, so if you’re interested, just keep reading.

Before we begin, please keep in mind that this function is only accessible on the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

How to Shoot RAW Photos on an iPhone

1. Go to Settings, then scroll down to choose Camera.

2. Select Formats.

3. Toggle on the Apple ProRAW option under Photo Capture.

4. Launch the Camera app and hit the RAW icon in the upper right corner.
When you initially launch the camera, the icon will have a strike-through through it.
When pressed, the strike-through disappears, indicating that you are shooting in RAW mode.

You’re currently shooting in ProRAW. If storage capacity on your device is an issue, keep in mind that each RAW photo will take up roughly 25MB, compared to 1MB for HEIC files.
If you want to take a lot of RAW images, you may need to expand your iCloud storage.

After you’ve taken your RAW images, the following step is to edit them. Fortunately, you can do so using a variety of Adobe software!

Video: How to enable RAW Photos on your iPhone

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