How to Shoot Panoramic Photos on an iPhone
The need for panoramic photos is on the rise, so much in fact that even phones are getting in on the action. Whether it’s real-estate tours or just wider snapshots to capture the memories, panos are seeing much more play.
If you search the term pano in the App Store, you’ll get many hits… but the first result is often the best.
One of my favorite iPhone apps is simply called Pano. Made by Debacle Software (http://debaclesoftware.com) it is both easy and elegant.
Simply fire up the app and take your first picture. The user interface is very simple and easy to understand.
(Please note… taking screenshots on an iPhone involves ninja thumb-work of pushing all the physical buttons at once. Hence a little shake in the “demo” photos).
Next the application shows you a sliver of the previous image as a ghosted overlay. This helps you align the image and take the next photo. If you get interrupted by a phone call or bad button push, you can relaunch the app and resume shooting from where you left.
Keep panning and snapping until you have all of the photos you want. You can take up to 360˚ photos with sixteen source images.
Click the check mark button when done and choose merge.
Pano quickly merges the photo. In my own tests I found it very good at dealing with motion as well as exposure tone. The app can fix color variations and makes a believable merge.
Yes… it’s a lame test shot… but it has lots of clutter, shadows, and even a moving subject.
Here’s a tough shot where the distance to subject was simply across the table. The merge point was down the middle of the subject (3 exposures were used). The blend is quite good even for a lowlight shot.
You probably won’t go printing on canvas, but they make great images for web and multimedia uses. The final images produced are up to 6800×800 pixels.
Even has built in tips to get better results.
The app is currently on sale in the iTunes app store for $1.99
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