During workshops, I have clients who will use their iPhones to take pics, and I’ve never quite understood the appeal. Until now that is. I’m interested in capturing fine art images. My goal is to be able to print large for homes and offices. The iPhone felt like a poor excuse for a DSLR, and with my one track mind searching for one great image, I missed out on the fun factor of the iPhone.
Friends Michael, Frits and Scott had shared an app called Pro HDR on different workshops and while I was impressed at the performance, it wasn’t until my recent trip to Morocco did I fully understand just how powerful an app it is. It transforms the iPhone into a camera I can’t seem to put down!
One of my traveling companions in Morocco, Raya, is a big fan of iPhone photography. To see more of her work check out her blog:
She uses it as her exclusive camera. I shared the Pro HDR app with her and she instantly loved it. In most situations I didn’t make the effort to pull out my camera but my iPhone was always at the ready. It become contagious. I had to do it and it didn’t take long before I was hooked. Pro HDR travel photography is a blast, pure and simple. It’s not necessarily about the HDR, the app does an incredible job in most situations, has incredibly intuitive controls and you have a finished image in a matter of seconds.
It is a bit ironic that I’m using an HDR app, as I do my fine art work with manual blends. HDR software isn’t to the point where it’s useable if your aim is realistic imagery, but this app is the best I’ve seen in software, and I’m more likely to push the boundaries of realism with an iPhone pic than I am with an image I aim to hang on a wall.
Let’s get to some examples!
It really took off in the incredibly beautiful town of Chefchaouen, Morocco.