Digital camera raw files are inherently more flexible than their jpeg cousins. In the long run, working with images that have been captured in a raw file format will always give you better results than jpeg captures when you need to significantly change your image’s white balance or exposure values.
It turns out that there is a powerful raw image processing engine built into the free Snapseed from Google App for both Android and iOS devices. I have neglected to mention this incredible feature in all of my other video tutorials because until now the ability to capture raw photos using the .dng raw file format was missing from most smartphones and tablets.
A few years ago, the ability to shoot in raw on our mobile devices was noticeably missing or clunky. Over the past year though, lots of smartphones have come to the market with this ability either built directly into the phone’s native camera app or available through a reasonably-priced alternative camera App.
I want to show you today what you can do with this special category of digital images using the raw processing power of Snapseed from Google. As you will see in the video above, working with raw files in Snapseed from Google is very rewarding but I must warn you that this is math intensive stuff. If you are working with an older phone, or tablet, then your device might not support Snapseed’s raw processing feature or you might find this part of Snapseed to be buggy and slow.
I must also add here that while Snapseed’s raw processing abilities are good, especially since they are free, if you really want maximum control over your raw image on a mobile device then Adobe Lightroom for Mobile is clearly the way to go.