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Do not let another breathtaking scene go undocumented. Learn how to capture wide landscapes using panoramic shooting techniques, whether you're using an iPhone or a professional DSLR. Rich Harrington explains general panoramic concepts, like field of view and nodal point, and then describes the technical details for getting great original shots: how to properly mount the camera on a tripod, how to overlap each shot, which lenses deliver best results, and more. Next, learn about optional hardware like the GigaPan system and sliders, and a variety of mobile apps for capturing 360 panoramas. Finally, come back into the studio to learn how to process the photos in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.
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A fun thing you could do with your phone is capture an interactive panoramic photo that you want to share. One app that's great at this is called Photosynth from Microsoft. And it allows you to capture the environment and then easily share it to social networks. Let's just go ahead and launch it. Now, Photosynth is going to have you doing a very strange looking dance with your camera as you turn and twist and rotate to capture the whole scene. But doing it is pretty easy. So we just go ahead and frame up the shot to start, and I tap the screen.
And the green box indicates that it's recording. And now, I just start to pan and automatically, it's going to fill that in. So I can start to work around my environment, and it will automatically capture when it detects enough of an edge. Now, don't think about how you look, and hopefully the people watching you, aren't enjoying your weird, acrobatic dance capturing the environment, but the end results are pretty cool.
You'll notice that I'm trying pretty hard, to keep my arms at a constant length. And if you need to, you can manually invoke a capture by tapping the screen. I'm trying hard to keep the elbow bent at the same angle, keeping the camera at the same relative distance. And it looks like I got it. Let's just fill those in. And we'll do a little more with the sky.
And you can always invoke a "Manual Capture" by tapping the screen to fill in those holes. And when done, you click "Finish". Now, it takes a little bit of time as it stitches the panoramic photo. But you also have the option to add geographic information. The service will actually sync up with Microsoft search engine Bing and you could tag this with additional properties. Now I'm out here in the mountains so I don't have a great data connection, so I'm not going to bother downloading those details. But you could actually geotag the photo and add extra information about where the picture was taken.
Which can allow it to show up in search results if you'd like to share. All in all, it's pretty cool, and in just a second, it'll be done stitching. We can take a look at it. I'll tap Edit Properties, and I can give it a name. There we go. It tagged it with the date and time. So, now that it's done, I can actually take a look around, and just pan around it and zoom. Pinching to see things. Looks pretty cool. I can go ahead and click Done to store that or click Share and you got a couple of options. You can, of course, go to email or your camera roll but most interestingly, you can publish this out to Facebook or Twitter, or out to Bing Map so you can share it.
And this is a pretty cool piece of tech, made by Microsoft that I encourage you to check out.
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