One of the absolute coolest and possibly least used features of the iPhone’s camera is the Panorama, a photo which spans a wide angle, from left to right (or, up to down) as if a special camera lens was used.
Using Panorama on an iPhone takes a steady hand to keep the image from freaking out, but it’s Apple’s software which makes the photos work by stitching together the pieces the camera sees as you rotate across a panoramic view. There’s no easier way to do panoramic effects but there is a better way.
A Stitch In Time
Apple’s iPhone camera software works automatically to stitch multiple pieces of the wide view together into a seamless panoramic photo, but that’s about all you get, and the only way to improve upon the view is to use a steady hand and a tripod which work together to make the stitches even more seamless.
Or, your can add Photo Stitcher to your Mac and take multiple photos and stitch them together in a seamless panoramic view, and incorporate a few bells and whistles.
How it works is straightforward enough.
To get a panoramic photo as in the sample above you’ll need to start with multiple photos of each portion of the panoramic scene.
Photo Stitcher takes those photos and stitches them together, and, like Apple’s iPhone Camera software, blends and smooths the sections to create what appears to be a seamless photo.
Drop in the photos, select the display from horizontal, vertical, 360-degrees, or tile, and Photo Stitcher does the rest.
Getting there is half the fun.
Photo Stitcher is drop dead simple to use. Open the app. Drag and drop or hit the Import button to bring the photo segments into the app.
Then, simply select the type of panorama from the menu; horizontal, vertical, tile, or 360-degrees (make sure you have enough photos to cover the expected type).
The Auto button lets Photo Stitcher make a best guess for bringing the photos into a seamless panorama, but it’s just as easy to move each photo manually until you are satisfied with the results.
Photo Stitcher is not as easy to use as the Panorama option on an iPhone, but it’s not exactly difficult, either, and it comes with more options, more flexibility, and more controls, as well as the option for a 360-degree panorama.
Let the results speak for themselves.
Photo Stitcher is a what you see is what you get method to build your own panoramic photos from a group of photos. The app handles most major photo file formats including RAW. Built-in sharing options make it easy to send your panorama photos to friends or social media.
The app isn’t expensive considering what it does that goes beyond iPhoto’s built-in Panorama view, but there’s a free version to try before you buy.