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The other still photo shooting feature found in the Camera app is the Panorama Mode, 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 hill top, or even a tall tree or building if you capture a vertical panorama. Here's how it works, open the Camera app and swipe over to the Panorama Mode. 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're going to go.
Tap the Shutter 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. Just move slowly and steadily. If you move too quickly, you'll see a message telling you to slow down. Behind the scenes, your device 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 Shutter button again to stop capturing. To see your results, tap thumbnail to open your photo library.
You'll probably want to turn your device 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 might 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 pointing straight ahead. The results will look much less distorted, and as I mentioned you can also take vertical panoramas, just turn your phone sideways, and decide whether you want to shoot from bottom up or the top down.
Shooting from the bottom up is probably better if you are capturing something like people standing under a tall tree or by 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 center line. And of course since you are shooting vertically you won't be able to avoid the distortion the higher you go unless you know how to levitate, But again, I think the distortion can produce some pretty cool looking photos. And that's how to use the panorama feature of iOS 7.
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