You can get great images straight from the iPhone and iPad's stock Camera app and share them with your friends and family. But if you're interested in using your iPhone for more pro-level photography experiments, there's a new tool for you in iOS 10: shooting RAW.

Why would you shoot RAW on iPhone?

When you shoot RAW, you essentially relieve your iPhone's ISP (image signal processor) from processing and adjusting your photo, which gives you greater control over editing the photo's light, color, and imagery in post-production. Here's Obscura developer Ben Rice McCarthy talking about why shooting RAW is great in more detail:

  • How shooting RAW changes iPhone photography for the better

How to shoot RAW images on your iPhone or iPad

As with Apple's manual camera controls, you can only shoot RAW in third-party apps that support the feature. Some of our favorites include Obscura, Manual, and ProCamera, but you can check out all our recommended manual camera apps for more options.

To shoot RAW, choose the camera app of your choice and look for its RAW controls. Here's how to do it in Manual:

  1. Open the Manual app.
  2. Tap on the Settings button (looks like a gear) in the lower right corner.
  3. Turn on the Save RAW toggle.
  4. Choose whether to save just the RAW file, or RAW + JPEG (two versions).


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