iPhones have amazing cameras that can capture astonishing pictures and videos. The latest iPhone models feature incredible camera upgrades that allow you to take photos like a pro. But not everybody’s happy. Many iPhone users complained about iOS auto-enhancing photos to the point of making them look terrible.
Your iPhone may sometimes over-expose and over-saturate images. Unfortunately, no amount of editing can undo the damage and make your photos look normal. Let’s explore what you can do about this frustrating issue.
Can You Disable Photo Auto Enhance on iPhone?
The bad news is that you can’t directly disable photo auto-enhance on iOS. The photo enhancing algorithm is built into your iPhone’s chip. Your device automatically applies the filter to each and every photo you take. The culprit has a name: Deep Fusion.
While Apple is very proud of the system, many users agree that engineers have really gone over the top with the autocorrection and enhancement. Follow the suggestions below to reduce the auto-enhance effect.
Disable Full HDR
First things first, try turning off the Full HDR option. Go to Settings, select Photos, and disable View Full HDR. Take a new photo and check the results. Hopefully, you’ll notice some improvements.
Download Halide and Shoot in RAW
To turn off Deep Fusion and photo auto-enhance on iOS, you need to download Halide and shoot in RAW. That’s pretty much the only option you’ve got where you have a distinct option to turn this feature off.
Use Noise Reduction
Some users suggested using noise reduction after you take your photos. Noise reduction should temper some of the over-sharpening effects. Use this method and check if you’re happy with the results.
Use Burst Mode
Other users suggested that using Burst mode could do the trick.
- Navigate to Camera Settings.
- Turn on Use Volume Up for Burst.
- Then take a few photos using Burst mode.
- Go to Photos, and tap Select.
- Select your recent photos and press Done and Keep.
- Check if there’s any auto enhancement visible on your photos.
Use the Key Photo Option
- Take a photo with Live Photo on.
- Then navigate to Photos.
- Select your live photo and edit it using the Key Photo option.
Basically, you’ll change the focus to a different point (frame) within the live photo. If you do that, iOS won’t auto-enhance the frame that you selected. That’s another way to access the original, unedited version of a photo.
To sum up, many iPhone users really hate the image processing algorithm that iOS uses to enhance their photos. While you can’t disable Deep Fusion, you can minimize the image sharpening effect. For example, you can disable Full HDR, and use Burst mode or noise reduction. You can also isolate specific frames in live photos. Another option is to download Halide and shoot in RAW.
Which of these methods worked for you? If you found other ways to reduce or block photo auto-enhance on iOS, feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.