Automatic exposure makes each photo as good as any of the thousands of photos I took back in the day using film and a single lens reflex camera. These days the only complaint I have about point and shoot digital photography is the lens. Most of the pocket cameras just don’t have enough of a wide angle lens.
So what? There’s a Mac app that even fixes that problem.
Drag, Drop, Stitch A Panorama
Without having to worry about the cost of film, processing, or prints, we’re now enticed to take as many digital photos as our storage allows.
What if you can’t fit the whole scene into your camera? Either get a camera with a wider angle lens, or buy a wider angle lens, or simply take two photos and stitch them together.
That’s what DoubleTake does. It’s drag, drop, align, and presto! You get a wide angle photo from two photos.
Wait. Isn’t stitching two photos together a crude way to create a wide angle panorama view of a scene. That’s what makes DoubleTake so cool. It’s easy. Not crude.
Drag and drop two photos and align them using DoubleTake’s guides. The app does the rest.
The only real difficult is taking multiple shots of a scene that’s too wide for your camera’s lens. But if you have a steady hand when taking the photos, the results can be stunning.
Here’s an example of two photos combined to make a wider angle panoramic version.
It’s as if your camera had a wider angle lens, but without the expense.
Drag photos from iPHoto, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Bridge, and drop them into DoubleTake.
Then, simply align the guide handles until the images appear the way you intended. When the transition between the overlapped photos is correct, you’re done.
DoubleTake’s Toolbar is self explanatory. Click to zoom in or out on a photo. Adjust the geometry to align two photos. Even crop as needed to produce a smoothly integrated image.
The Geometry tool is useful if one of your photos doesn’t align perfectly with the other. Images created in DoubleTake can also be used in a QuickTime VR movie that’s 360 degrees.
Simply stand still, take multiple photos in a circle, and stitch them together in DoubleTake, one after the other.
The two issues I ran into that were the most troublesome were taking the photos, and aligning the photos. It’s easier to align than to take multiple photos at the same level but from different directions.