iPhoto helps you to pull out these details using the editing tools built into the standard interface. With a RAW image open, you can access extra controls in the Edit menu. To find out how, read…
1 Import your images
First, add your images to your iPhoto library as you normally would. Bear in mind that they’ll probably take a little longer to import due to the larger file sizes of RAW images.
2 Choose a shot
Choose a shot that could do with fixing, like this one, which is over-exposed to the point of details being lost. Since it’s a RAW file, we can pull a lot of the details back.
3 Recover highlights
First, open the Edit panel and choose the Adjust tab from the top of the screen. Hold down the Alt key and Exposure will change to Recovery. Drag the slider all the way to the right.
4 Adjust Exposure
Now that the highlights have been recovered, you can start playing with the Exposure. Drag it to the left to bring more detail back into the shot – we found around -1 worked for us.
5 Highlights and Shadows
Use the Highlight slider to darken the light areas more, but don’t go too high with it. Then use the Shadows slider to bring out details in the dark areas of the shot.
6 Contrast control
You might find the colours are now a little flat in your shot, and the whole thing looks washed out. To combat this, increase the contrast until the colours look deeper again.
7 Increase Saturation
You may also want to try boosting the saturation of the shot, but it’s important to remember that you still want the colours to look natural, so don’t overdo it.
8 Fix White Balance
As you boost the saturation, you might find that the image goes a little yellow. If this is the case, use the White Balance slider to bring things back to a normal level.
When you’re done, you can export the edited shots in another format. Select File>Export and you’ll see that you have all kinds of export options, including file types.
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