iPhone RAW Lightroom DNG

Adobe’s Lightroom app continues to live on the edge of what’s possible with Apple’s various platforms, and the latest version of the photo editing app for iOS is no exception. Lightroom for iOS now lets you shoot in raw using the built-in camera so you can capture exactly what the sensor sees without iOS processing over it artificially.

Apple’s built-in Camera app doesn’t allow you to shoot in raw even as an option, but iOS 10 makes it possible for third-party apps that want the option. The only requirement is that you have an iPhone on iOS 10 with a 12MP iSight camera. That should qualify the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also has a 12MP iSight camera so it should make the cut.

While shooting in raw can result in a less attractive photo to start because iOS hasn’t intelligently improved the shot, putting raw support in a photo editing environment like Lightroom makes a lot of sense. Adobe is capturing images with its open-source DNG format, then you can make all the manual adjustments to the shot in post.

Lightroom is also ready for the new P3 color displays on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. This means you can see a wider color gamut that the new cameras are capable of capturing.

Adobe also recently put Lightroom on the Apple TV for users that want to showcase their shots on the big screen.

What’s New in Version 2.5.0

• The in-app camera now supports the DNG format! DNG is Adobe’s open-source raw format that gives you maximum image quality and the greatest amount of editing flexibility. To use the DNG format you need to have iOS 10 and a device that has a 12MP camera • Support for the P3 color space • Bug fixes

Previous Notes:

2 incredible new features for Creative Cloud members: • Raw support is here! With this Technology Preview you can import and edit the raw photos you take with your camera. You can also sync these photos and edits back to Lightroom CC on your computer. For a list of supported cameras, visit http://www.adobe.com/go/supported_cameras • Local Adjustments lets you selectively apply Exposure, Brightness, Clarity, and other adjustments to a specific part of a photo.

New features for everyone: • Support for keyboard shortcuts if you are using a physical keyboard. • Add your copyright to photos when you import them. • Support for latest Adobe Camera Raw version.

Adobe Lightroom is available for free on the App Store.

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