The Los Angeles Recordings

A street photography project by Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin

iPhone 11 Pro Street Photography Review

First impressions on using the iPhone 11 Pro for Street Photography

Shot with an iPhone 11 Pro, processed in VSCO.

Since it’s announcement I’ve been curious about using the new iPhone 11 Pro for street photography. This weekend I gave in and went ahead and purchased one. If you’re looking for specs and comparisons to other models I suggest you search elsewhere. In this review I’ll be sharing my impressions of the phone from a street photographer’s perspective along with a few shots from the ultra-wide lens.

Shot with an iPhone 11 Pro, processed in VSCO.

First things first, the ultra wide lens is an amazing addition to the iPhone. The image quality is much better than I thought it would be. Working with such a wide lens is challenging but great results are possible with patience. This lens currently does not output RAW files (unlike the other two lenses on the Pro) but hopefully that can be added with a future update. I purchased the smaller version of the iPhone 11 Pro (instead of the Max) because it had better ergonomics for my style of photography. It was a pleasure to use and never felt difficult to hold while composing shots.

These images were captured on a bright day with plenty of sun so results may vary under different conditions. I used Halide to take these images and VSCO to process the files. Halide has long been my favorite application for taking pictures on the iPhone. It’s regularly updated to take advantage of new features and the interface is well designed. I use VSCO to edit because it also has a very usable interface and the filters are exceptional. I processed these photos with the A1 filter.


Shot with an iPhone 11 Pro, processed in VSCO.

Processed with VSCO with a1 preset

To wrap things up, I feel like the addition of the ultra wide angle lens to the iPhone opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. For street and urban work specifically, having a lens this capable on your phone is a game changer. Although it can’t replace my dedicated cameras for the majority of my work, it is an incredible tool in it’s own right and a great addition to any photographers kit.

Processed with VSCO with a1 preset