Among the many new upgrades that come with Apple’s newest operating system, iOS6, few have been as talked about and anxiously awaited as the camera’s new panorama mode. Available to those with an iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 – as well as newer versions of the iPad – panorama mode is a fun and creative way to capture images in a whole new way.
Whether you’re a seasoned photography vet or fumbling around your camera for the first time ever, here are the basics for getting the most from your panoramic shots, along with a few tips and tricks for wowing your friends:
Pick your End Points
To enable panoramic mode, simply launch the camera. On the top of the screen, you’ll see a button labeled Options. Tap this, and then select Panorama. It’s important to keep iPhone in portrait mode (vertical) or your panoramic picture won’t work. Next, decide where you want your picture to begin and end. You can pick any two points within a 240-degree angle, giving you a lot of options.
Once you’ve decided what you want to take a picture of, make sure your camera is facing the right way. The panorama camera is set to go from left to right by default. If you’d like to take a picture from right to left, simply tap the white arrow to change directions. Now is also the time to adjust your exposure until you’re satisfied with your lighting.
To begin taking your panoramic photo, tap the shutter button or click the volume up button. Then pan slowly through your desired area. Keep the arrow on the white guideline. Don’t worry about whether you’re staying on course – if you veer off the line, the phone will give you a notification.
To add some fun and funky elements to your photo, make it purposefully uneven. For example, move the camera in a zig-zag or slow wave pattern for a warped or artistic picture.
Another great trick is to get multiple shots of the same person in one photograph. Begin by having your subject stand at the starting point of your panorama. Then, as you pan away from them, they can run around behind you and position themselves in a new spot
For another twist on the panoramic picture, enable the camera and launch panoramic mode. Only this time, rotate your phone horizontally (landscape mode). This will let you shoot the exact opposite of a panoramic picture, known in the Apple universe as a Vertorama.
Simply start your picture slightly below eye-level, and follow the same procedure. Staying on the line will give you a crisp and unique perspective of everything from skyscrapers to animals and nature shots.