Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Using AutoStitch with the iPhone 5s, part of iPhone 5s Photography.
There's a really dramatic sky happening behind me right now and some nice snow covered mountains. I'd really like to get a panorama of it. The problem is, I don't have enough telephoto reach with the iPhone to really get a good panorama. If I pan across this, the mountains are really tiny. So, I've decided that if I want to capture that, I need to use that as a background. So, I got this big shrub thing here that I'm going to stick on one side of the panorama and my idea is, that will be on the right side and I'll pan across that way and pick up some of the mountains and the clouds.
There's a problem though, if I do this using the built in panorama feature. I can't really get the shot framed that I want because I have to shoot vertically. The built in panorama feature does not let you shoot landscape. So, I either have to have a tremendous amount of sky which I could do but, I don't know, I just don't like that composition, the sky ends up too heavy. Or, I've got all this stuff in the foreground. Now, I can do, I can go ahead and do the panorama and then just crop it, but I'm not making the most use of the pixels that I have available. I don't want to do a big, heavy crop, so let me show you what that looks like if we go to Panorama mode.
Now, Panorama's default to going from left to right. I'm going to go from right to left. So, I'm going to need to swap that, so I'm going to tap on the arrow here, and that gets me back to the, the other direction. I'm just going to put the bush in the middle there, and start recording and turn my camera there. I'm not doing a super wide panorama, just enough to get that. Okay, this is what I'm talking about. I, I actually should have gone a little wider. I'd like a little more there on the left.
But, I've just got a lot of wasted space. I'm going to have to crop a lot of the foreground out. I'm going to have to crop a lot of the sky out. So, I need to make a change. I need to shoot a panorama in landscape mode. Now, as I said, I cannot do that with the built-in Panorama tool, but there are other tools. I like a program called AutoStitch. Now, if you've ever shot panoramas with your normal camera, you might be used to the process of shooting a sequence of images with your camera and then taking those into your computer and stitching them there. That's how AutoStitch works. I can either shoot my panoramas with the regular camera.
Or, I can shoot with AutoStitch itself. I'm just going to launch AutoStitch here. And you can see, I've got a few different options. I can shoot a panorama, or, if I have already shot one with the camera, I can select my photos and stitch them. I'm going to go to Shoot Panorama. And now I can just do what I would normally do, with a real camera. I can frame up a shot and take a picture. And as you can see, it shows me some overlap to help me do a better job of working my pan.
So, I'm just going to go, I think I got enough stuff, if I want, I can trash an image. I'm going to hit the Stitch button and now, it opens them up and it stitches them together. Gives me some hints here. I'm going to hit OK. And here's my final stitched image, and this looks pretty good. Now, I don't, I still need a crop on it. AutoStitch gives me a cropping tool, if I hit the Crop button. It actually goes ahead and suggests a crop. I'm just going to take that and hit the Crop button there. Now, I did not have to do much of a crop there.
I did much less of a crop than I would have with the built in Panorama tool. So, I'm liking this a lot better. I think this looks good. Here is what it looks like after a little tonal adjustment, because this is a high dynamic range situation that's causing a problem here. So, this is, this is a good solution. I like this shot. One thing that's cool about AutoStitch is, you don't just have to go horizontally. I can do vertical panoramas. I can make tiles, I could shoot a, a row up here, a row down here, a row down here, it'll stitch them all together. Its very smart, it doesn't matter what order you select the images in.
If you're in a hurry, you might find that you prefer to just shoot with your camera. Because I can just come out here, knock out my frames and stitch them later. I don't have to go through the whole process. So, that's something else to consider. Work, put AutoStitch on your phone. But, when you're out in the field, just shoot your panoramas, stitch them when you get home. So, this is if your into to panoramas, this is a pretty critical tool to have. In addition to the regular Panorama tool.
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the iPhone 5s as a serious photographic instrument, using its built-in features as well as a hand-selected collection of accessories and apps that will extend your iPhone power. He details the basics of shooting with the iPhone, and then delves into more advanced camera capabilities such as panoramas, HDR, and video. Ben also explores workflow issues, including editing, sharing, and printing photos and transferring them to a computer.