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Improve Your iPhone Photos – Easy Fix For Lens Distortion

Correcting for the native distortion in the iPhone 4S. The white areas indicate where a change was applied to the original photo.
Correcting for the native distortion in the iPhone. The white areas indicate where a change was applied to the original photo. The edge distortion was removed and vignette and fisheye distortion removed.

You probably know that all cameras have some sort of distortion with their lenses. Adobe has tried to fix this with their Lens Correction filter which is available both in the Camera Raw plugin an ad a standalone effect (Filter > Lens Correction). They’ve profiled tons of cameras (and even smartphones). With the latest update to Adobe Camera Raw the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 are officially supported.

Here’s how to pull off the fix.

  1. Launch Adobe Bridge and navigate to the photo you want to fix.
  2. Right-click on the image and choose Open in Camera Raw….

    Opening the image into Camera Raw from Bridge is a simple right-click.
    Opening the image into Camera Raw from Bridge is a simple right-click.
  3. Make any adjustments in the Basic image tab to correct exposure and color.
    Adjust the Basic controls to improve the color and tone.
  4. Click the Lens Corrections tab.
  5. Check the box next to Enable Lens Profile Corrections.
  6. If not automatically detected, choose the Make of your camera and Model from the pop-up menus.
  7. Click Open Image or Open Object to bring the file into Photoshop for any further processing.
The original photo (left), corrected image (center), and a difference map to show the processed areas (right).
The original photo (left), corrected image (center), and a difference map to show the processed areas (right).

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