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iPhone 13 Pro Photography

iPhone photography has evolved so much. The ability to shoot in RAW format was first introduced in iPhone 12 Pro. The format is known as Apple ProRAW. Just like a DSLR RAW file, each ProRAW file stores more details. It has higher image quality, which means it is also ten times larger than the JPEG and HEIF files of the normal iPhone photo. It will take up more storage in the phone. Ultimately it gives more editing opportunities and control during post-processing.

Apple ProRAW files use the industry-standard digital negative (DNG). You can edit it with the iPhone Photo app or any other photo editing app that opens a DNG file. I am using Lightroom to edit these photos on my MacBook Pro. When I am on the move, either the iPhone Photo app or Lightroom mobile app is the most convenient way to edit my photos. Image quality is excellent, crisp and sharp.

iPhone 13 Pro has three 12MP camera systems - ultra-wide (.5), wide (1x) and telephoto (3). I have been using the ultra-wide quite a bit to create an expansive creative effect of a scene.

Here are some spectacular views of Singapore at sunset that were shot on iPhone 13 Pro.

Aerial view of Singapore's sunset shot on iPhone 13 Pro.

Using the ultra-wide (.5) which is equivalent to a 13 mm lens shows the vastness of the cityscape with a dramatic sky. Modern skyscrapers are on the left and those buildings with orange roofs are olden days shophouses. As expected, a wide-angle lens always either distorts or warps a building's straight lines.

Colourful Chinatown shophouses shot on iPhone 13 Pro.

Another scene shot with the ultra-wide lens shows the contrast between these colourful shophouses in Chinatown and the modern high-rise in the background.