How to edit ProRAW photos on your iPhone

Apple’s ProRAW camera function is a powerful tool to have in your back pocket. An image captured in ProRAW mode combines the same high post-processing flexibility of a traditional RAW file with the advantages of computational multi-frame photography. Kind of the best of both worlds! But once you’ve completed the steps to activate it on your iPhone and taken your photo, that’s when the real work begins: editing and converting it to a shareable format like JPEG, PNG, or HEIF.

ProRAW files are saved in Adobe’s ubiquitous DNG format, which is compatible with almost every RAW photo editing application under the sun. This means you have several options, including uploading the file to a computer and using desktop software. But you don’t need access to a computer — you can edit your image right on your phone, either using a third-party app or Apple’s editing tools. Here’s how to do it. (I followed these steps on an iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16.3.1.)

  • Open the RAW photo and tap edit in the top right corner of the screen
  • If you’re viewing your image in the camera app gallery, editing options will appear at the bottom of the screen
  • Scroll to the adjustment options below your image and use the tools you want
  • You can tap the three-ring filter icon at the bottom of the screen to apply a filter. This is not to be confused with Apple’s Photographic Styles, which are baked into the capture process
  • If you need to rotate the photo, use the crop tool, icon at the bottom right of the editing window
  • Puncture Done bottom right of your screen to save your changes. There’s no option to save it as a separate image, but you can always revert your changes to the original by opening it back up in the Photos app, tapping the three-dot menu icon in the top right, and choosing Reset to original.

After making changes to the RAW file, you can use the Photos app’s sharing features to export a JPEG version of your image. You can email it, post it on Instagram, or put it in your digital photo frame — it’s your choice.

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