The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max has proven itself as one of the best cameras you can already install on your phone. However, the addition of ProRaw goes even further, making this phone camera a bigger competitor than the professional DSLR. I am a professional photographer and spent some time in beta with the ProRaw with 12 Pro Max before it was officially released on iOS 14.3.
In my professional life, I always draw the real ones. Apple ProRaw was able to work in the same way as the pictures on the professional DSLR, although the images on the iPhone are in beta format. I was very impressed.
ProRaw is a version of Apple’s raw files that is often used by professional DSLRs. Unlike JPG images, these are called raw because they do not store any information about the color, sharpness, or other effects applied to the camera.
Create a more natural basic image that can often be processed in programs like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. ProRaw works similarly, but unlike raw DNG documents imported by third-party applications, ProRaw uses processed Apple Photos to deeply blend HDR.
The ProRaw result is a more beautiful basic image that you can edit faster than a JPEG image.
Practice it’s proven to be perfect images
Let’s start shooting an evening scene in standard JPEG format. Okay, but the shadows were raised so much that the contrast and mood disappeared and became very harsh. In short, it’s good but it’s not the best starting point for more artistic editing.
The same scene was shot a few seconds later in ProRaw and then in the lightroom. By changing the white balance and adding less precision so as not to disturb the subtle details of the image, I was able to control it completely by arranging dark shadows and maintaining the mood of the evening. Made in an amazing style that I really like, it may not suit everyone’s taste, but it shows that these combinations are possible for iPhone shooting.
When you copy the edit settings of this JPEG ProRaw image, the following happens: Of course it didn’t work.
Soon the sky turned into a great sunset. I took a JPG photo and the image looks good but the bright sky looks a bit “burning” and the image has a lot of clarity that usually doesn’t provide a decent main image changes.
The ProRaw version provided more control over the brightness of the sky and the overall white balance and tone. I was very happy with how this picture was taken, and to understand this I had to take a RAW like JPEG. However, it takes about 15 minutes to edit a photo in the lightroom, so it’s not the fastest way to work.
ProRaw files taken directly from the camera do not always look good and look worse than the JPEG version. Like the raw document of any DSLR, some tweets and processing are required to view the best of the ProRaw files.
For example, import a raw Pro document from Lightroom and then export it in JPEG format without editing is very dark.
But after spending some time in the lightroom I was able to bring back all the details by keeping the sky bright. Here’s a great basic image that I can change color tones to get shots I can see, it’s a really very good shot. This is certainly a big change from the raw and the full version.
However, it is worth mentioning that I have used ProRaw as a beta and Adobe has not yet updated Lightroom to support documentation. ProRaw documents that look good in photo galleries look much darker and sometimes brighter when opened in other editing applications, such as Lightroom and Snapseed.
It’s hard to say why this is true, but I had to do some work to get it back before I started pinning the “good” image more creatively. However, due to the data capture, I was able to delete the shadows well in this example.
Some readers of this article may not like the idea of spending a lot of time creating a single image but in general, this time is spent in a professional image, so the image becomes completely flawless. I typically spend more than 30 minutes on a landscape photo and can take a few hours to photograph my product and car. The process is slow, but the quality is much higher as a result.
How it can be arranged before and after?
On the left are the raw ProRaw files. The person on the right shows how it can be arranged in the lightroom. This file has a wide range that can cast shadows in very bright skies. I used a displacement brush to “color” a few leaves to highlight the stage and I adjusted the color balance from head to toe. I use raw documentation of Canon 5DMkIV DSLR for image processing and I was very impressed with the appearance of the final image.
For a while, I was able to shoot normal DNG Ka with the third-party app, but I don’t use Apple’s HDR mix, so it was hard to balance moments and shadows. Working with Pro was easy.
Large size and innovative installation is not always necessary In this scene, I have darkened the landscape and highlighted a colorful rainbow to capture more of the atmospheric sky.
Although this shot only needs to raise the shadow a little, change the color and darken the sky a bit, it doesn’t look very different from the original.
ProRaw also works in night mode. This is another advantage compared to the raw materials of third party applications that do not have night mode. Here I used bright shots that I could shoot at night, even in dark places, but I had complete control over the white balance and melody, as well as more precise control over the lights and shadows. The original Pro is on the left, the modified version is on the right.
I’ve learned more in the night shadows.
In this scene you can take shadows and control the bright light of the Christmas lights.
Should you use Apple ProRaw?
Whether you use it or not depends on your photography style. If you want to take multiple pictures and quickly share these moments with your family and friends, you need to stick to the JPEG format. ProRaw snapshots, like any raw file, require editing for best results. ProRaw files are many times larger than JPEG documents (3.5MB for JPEG and 18MB for ProRaw), so if you just draw raw, you can quickly fill the repository.
However, if you want a more artistic approach to your photos and you want complete control over the images to get the right results in applications like Lightroom, you should definitely give it a try.
I like to use polarizers and Neutral Density (ND) filters on DSLRs when shooting landscapes, keep them perfectly tripped for landscapes and adjust the images in the lightroom until you are happy. So I got used to the shooting process. It’s important for me to hit the perfect hit from start to finish. ProRaw only does this with photos taken with your iPhone, so you get a higher quality image than standard JPEG or Original.
But this is just the beginning, and I had a beta issue with the presence of images in the lightroom, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it improves and how ProRaw can help me take better pictures on my phone.
On my daily job, I am a software engineer, programmer & computer technician. My passion is assembling PC hardware, studying Operating System and all things related to computers technology. I also love to make short films for YouTube as a producer. More at about me…