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If you're running iOS 6 on an iPhone 4S or later or a 5th Generation iPod touch, you can use the new Panorama shooting feature which allows you to capture incredibly wide or even tall images that go beyond the capability of a single lens camera. This feature is great for capturing cityscapes or the view from a hilltop or even a tall tree or building if you capture a vertical Panorama. Now for several years, there have been multiple apps available for creating panoramic photos on the iPhone, and I actually have used and like many of them. But I found that this version built into iOS 6 has been the easiest for me to use, and it produces some of the best results I've seen.
Here's how it works. Open the Camera app and tap Options, then tap Panorama. That places this overlay on the screen containing an arrow. First, determine if you're going to be moving the camera from left to right or right to left. Tap the arrow to change its orientation. When you're ready, aim the phone at the point where you want the photo to start with the arrow pointing in the direction you want to go. Tap the Camera button to start shooting. Then slowly turn the camera in the direction of the arrow. What you're aiming for is to keep the arrow centered on the horizontal line.
Move slowly and steadily. If you move too quickly, you'll see a message telling you to slow down. Behind the scenes, your iPhone is capturing multiple continuous photos and stitching them together to create a single image. You can capture a full 240 degrees this way which can produce some unique looking photos. But you'll probably find this works best if you get the arrow about halfway across your screen. Tap the Camera button again to stop capturing. To see your results, tap the Photo Library button. You'll probably want to turn your iPhone to the Landscape position. Now if you shot the photo by rotating your phone in place, it's going to be natural to see this sort of bend or distortion in the image.
This is along the lines of what you would see with a fisheye lens on a camera. It can be a pretty cool effect. But another way to take a panoramic photo that can reduce this type of distortion is to walk parallel to your subject. So, instead of rotating the phone in place, start your panorama, and walk sideways keeping the camera pointed straight ahead. The results will look much less distorted. As I mentioned, you can also take vertical panoramas. Just turn your phone sideways and decide whether you want to shoot from the bottom up or top down. Shooting from the bottom up is probably better if you're capturing something like people standing under a tall tree or a tall building.
You have less distortion shooting the areas that are on the same level as you. But otherwise, this works the same way. Tap the Camera button and keep the arrow on the centerline. Of course, since you're shooting vertically, you won't be able to avoid the distortion the higher up you go unless you know how to levitate. But again, I think the distortion can produce some really cool looking photos. After shooting a panorama, the camera reverts back to regular shots. So, if you want to shoot another one just tap Options, and select Panorama again. That's how to use the Panorama feature of iOS 6.
And again, it's available on the 5th Generation iPod touch and the iPhone 4S and later.
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