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How to take RAW photos on iPhone

If you’re not sure why you’d want to take RAW photos on iPhone, you soon will be. By default, your iPhone saves images as HEIC files once you press the shutter, although many people change their default photo format to JPEG, which allows more compatibility than HEIC when opening images on other devices. With an HEIC or JPEG file, the phone has compressed the image file, so it takes up less space, effectively eliminating lots of image data and sacrificing quality.

While you won’t notice the quality difference unless looking very closely, the removal of image data gives you very little flexibility when editing your photosas your image file will not contain as much color data for making color corrections, nor as a wide dynamic range for adjusting highlights and shadows.

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