Mt. Washington has been rated one of the most beautiful vistas in America by USA Weekend, it’s home to two of the worlds oldest continuous inclines, and it’s where a countless number of Pittsburgh skyline photographs have been taken. It’s fairly safe to say that this is the most popular location to photograph the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.
The images you see here were taken and processed solely on an iPhone SE. The camera used was the stock iPhone camera and the images were processed with Snapseed (thanks for the recommendation Helen and Ben) and VSCO.
I use Snapseed to lay the post processing foundation so to speak… Things like highlight and shadow adjustments, dodging and burning, etc.. Once I have the photograph foundation in place I pull the image into VSCO and put the finishing touches on it.
I don’t care if you use an iPhone, the D810, or draw what you see with a Crayola, composition is everything. Post processing is the second most important ingredient to a successful photograph. If the composition in these images sucked, no amount of post processing in any number of apps would turn them into great photographs.
The most difficult part of shooting with an iPhone is leaving the professional camera bodies behind. I’ll often visit a place with nothing but my iPhone first in order to scout it out for my professional projects. If I find really interesting composition that I feel I could use in a project I will revisit with a professional DSLR.
Why bother with a professional camera? The fact is, a lot of my professional work involves creating images larger than 30″ for installation in various places. If you are a professional, or aspire to be one, I would suggest using a camera that creates file sizes that are versatile for future use. Aside from that, I can’t really get as creative as I’d like with the iPhone just yet… Think neutral density filters, creative depth of field, etc.. Perhaps in a future iPhone.