Apple’s new ProRAW Photo Format Is Neither Pro nor Raw

Apple recently released iOS 14.3 which includes the new ProRAW photo format feature for iPhone 12 Pro models. As Apple explains:

Apple ProRAW combines the information of a standard RAW format along with iPhone image processing, which gives you more flexibility when editing the exposure, color and white balance in your photo.

This format is intended to offer higher quality photos while still benefiting from the computational photography features of the iPhone. However, Apple is exaggerating a bit, because this is not a raw file, and it’s not really a "pro" file either. Here’s why.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 82: Quintin Lake Returns

When we last checked in with Quintin Lake, he was walking the coastline of the United Kingdom and photographing what he found. In September 2020 he finished the trip: 6,835 miles (11,000 kilometers) and 179,222 photos. As he continues to edit his backlog and make and sell prints, we caught up with him to talk about the experience.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 81: The iPhone 12 Pro Cameras

As with every new iPhone release, Apple touts the camera capabilities more than any of the other features. Jeff upgraded to the iPhone 12 Pro right away, while Kirk is happy with his iPhone 11. In this episode, they talk about the choices around iPhones as cameras, and why Jeff ultimately didn’t go for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which features better camera capabilities.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 80: Street Photography with Valérie Jardin

Street photography looks easy: grab a camera, find some people, make some photos. Doing it well is another thing altogether. Photographer, educator, and author Valérie Jardin joins us to talk about the art of street photography, and how to develop the skills for creating great images with the help of her new book, Street Photography Assignments.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 79: Professional Retouching with Lisa Carney

In Episode 78, we talked about everyday photo retouching, such as removing dust spots and objects from your images. Now, we’re shifting to the big leagues, talking to professional retoucher Lisa Carney about the art and business at this level. You may never look at a movie or TV ad the same way again.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 78: Everyday Photo Retouching

You may think of “retouching” as a high-end photo skill for professionals—and it is—but there are also many types of retouching that every photographer will run into. In this episode, Jeff covers many of the techniques he uses, from removing dust spots in clear skies to erasing unwanted objects from photos, as well as portrait retouching that’s accessible to anyone. This is an extra-long episode with lots of example images, so don’t forget you can view the photos in some podcast players (like Apple Podcasts or Overcast), and of course you can also view them at PhotoActive.co.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 77: Photo a Day Challenge

We gave ourselves a simple challenge to create one photo every day for the month of August. It’s advice we give often: shoot often, shoot what’s nearby, use your photographer’s eye to find beauty in the everyday experience. Were we successful? And what unexpected challenges arose?

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 76: Shooting and Developing Film with Angus Haywood

This week we talk to landscape film photographer Angus Haywood about building his own darkroom in a shed behind his house, seeing the world in a square aspect ratio even during his earlier profession of airline pilot, and the pace and people you experience when shooting film.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 74: Michael Kenna and His New Book “Buddha”

We’re pleased to welcome back Michael Kenna to the PhotoActive podcast. In this episode, we chat with him about his new book Buddha, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected a photographer that spends much of his time traveling, and the value of finding treasure in one’s photo archive.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 73: Real Estate Photography with Rich Baum

Rich Baum joins us this week to talk about real estate and interior photography, a type of shooting that relies as much on discipline and adherence to rules as it does on creative problem solving. If you’re looking to expand your photographic skills or push into the field as a career, good news: you can get started pretty easily by shooting the rooms you’re already in!

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