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Raw Workflow in Camera+ 2


Rachel Johanna

Product Photographer & Marketing Maven

Welcome back fellow raw shooter! I’m continuing my series of posts on using the raw features in Camera+ 2. 

If you haven’t read the first post – a walkthrough on how to shoot and edit in raw – find that here.

This time we are talking about a great workflow for editing in raw. 

We’ve also talked about workflow before here – Learn how to use the Lightbox and more! But I wanted to expand on the last post because your workflow will look a bit different if you shoot raw. 

My raw workflow looks like this:

Shoot in raw

This is the easy part right? Choose raw on the shooting screen and snap away! 

Lightbox

Your image will be saved wherever your settings indicate. I suggest the lightbox because it doesn’t take up all that space in your photo library. Learn More.

If you saw our raw walkthrough, you’ll remember that images are shown in the lightbox with small letters indicating their file type. I have my settings set to save a combined HEIF+ raw image so after I shoot in raw my image will show a small H in the corner. And once I make edits in the raw editor it changes to an R. 

Raw Adjust

Our raw editor is really great and you can use it to create pro level photographs. My favorite tools are curves & white balance. 

But we already talked about shooting & editing raw in the app.

For a more in-depth look at raw adjust watch my walkthrough here!

What I really want to show you is how to export your raw files and edit on your computer! 

Export

When you are in raw adjust, you will see the share icon in the upper right corner. This is always available, even if you don’t make any adjustments. When you click it, you will see several options in the menu that pops up. The two we’re focusing on are Export Raw DNG and Share Raw DNG. 

Export will save a raw file to your photo library.

You could then transfer the file to your computer via iCloud or via USB. 

Share will give you several options for transferring your file. You can text it, email it, and more! My favorite way is to airdrop to my laptop. Of course, airdrop is only available to mac users – sorry PC friends. 

Want to transfer more than one image? Maybe everything from a shoot needs to be edited! We’ve got you covered.

Use the raw filter in the Lightbox, then Select all the ones you want to export. Long-tap the share icon and select “Share RAW DNG”. Keep in mind that this option will only appear if all of the selected photos have a raw version, that’s why it’s best to use the filter first.

Another option is to use iTunes File Sharing to extract items from the Files tab in the Finder. You can find Apple’s official walkthrough for that here. But to summarize, when you connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC and open itunes, there is a file sharing option that allows you to transfer your files directly from Camera+ 2.

The downside is that previews are not possible, so this method is best if your Lightbox is tidy and it only contains the photos you want to export – so you can just copy them all.

However you choose to get your image to your desktop, it will arrive as a .dng file and you can open it in your favorite editor.

I use Camera Raw in Photoshop or Lightroom depending on my editing plans.

Sometimes you just need to edit on a bigger screen. That’s why we’ve made it simple to transfer your images to your computer from Camera+ 2.

You also have the option to transfer your files from your iPhone to your iPad! For one image, you should totally use airdrop. For a collection of images our recommendation would be to save them to an iCloud folder and import them to the target device.

To see this walkthrough in action check out our YouTube channel!

Important Note: If you are shooting raw for the first time: when you export a RAW file, no matter the method, you don’t get the edits applied to it. RAW files, by definition, can never be edited – only developed. If you want to keep the “edited” version, you need to export the developed JPG too.

Have fun shooting in raw! Hope this walkthrough makes it even easier for you to capture the best photos on your iPhone.

Published by Rachel Johanna

Product Photographer & Marketing Maven