Designer behind Halide explains why you might enjoy RAW photography on your iPhone

Sebastiaan de With, the designer behind Halide has dropped some knowledge today on just how RAW photography works with the iPhone. de With goes into explaining the advantages, and disadvantages, that come with RAW photography and why they matter.

In iOS 10, Apple introduced the ability to shoot RAW photography using the latest generation iPhones. Though the feature hasn’t made its way into the official camera app, plenty of third-party apps have come in to pick up the slack. Halide, a relatively new iOS camera app, is one of those apps.

The first few times I shot in RAW on my iPhone, it took some getting used to. I wasn’t accustomed to the differences in images it offered over the stock camera app. This challenge primarily existed because I wasn’t quite sure how RAW photos were expected to perform. de With’s post today goes through explaining what I wish I knew when the feature started rolling out to third-party apps.

Out of the box, iOS’ camera app saves images in a JPG (or HEIC) format. It automatically applies what it considers to be the best saturation, lighting, and colors for that specific photo. By shooting in RAW, which Halide supports, it increases image-editing flexibility in post.

As de With puts it:

RAW affords you editing freedom. Absolute freedom to change the colors and white balance of a photo, or recovering too-bright highlights and too-dark shadows.