The iPhone panoramic photography feature can produce amazing images if used with care. If it is a process you would like to explore further, you should practice test it in with a range of situations and subjects.
Before you start, you need to consider where the light is coming from to avoid lens flare. You should also decide what your main subject will be and where it will appear in the final composition. If there are rapidly moving subjects in the scene, these may appear squashed or stretched so you may need to wait until they have passed before you start the shot.
While natural scenes containing distant buildings, trees and countryside can stitch together reasonably well, modern buildings or interiors shot from closeup can cause problems.
For natural scenes, open the camera app, switch to the ‘Pano’ option and you will see a horizontal bar with a large arrow on it. The phone detects the angle you are pointing it in and the arrow tells you if you are tilting it up or down. When you click the shutter button, you then rotate the phone while trying to keep the large arrow on the line in the middle of the bar. If you deviate too far from the line, the camera won’t be able to create a smoothly stitched image.
iPhone pano display
Once complete, press the shutter button again to finish the panorama. The phone will then process the data and show you a finished panoramic image. These can be very large files compared to standard images and will rapidly use up space on your device.
Image captured with Pano option iPhone
Subjects containing strong lines close to the camera may challenge the cameras software and there may be issues where lines don’t stitch together very well. You may need to change the way you hold and rotate the phone to reduce this. Rather than holding the phone out and rotating around your hips, you could try rotating the camera around itself and the centre of the phone becomes the point of rotation, this is known as its ‘nodal point’. This is harder than it sounds. For serious panoramic photographers, there are special camera supports which rotate the camera around the nodal point.
Panoramic photography is just one part of my short iPhone photography workshop. If you would like a mobile phone photography workshop for your course, company or for personal development, do let me know.
iPhone photography workshop
Our short, mobile phone workshop is an enjoyable and valuable staff development activity. The workshop explains a number of tips and tricks to help people take better pictures with their mobile phones.
Once the essential topics have been covered, the session can be more tailored to meet the needs of the attendees.
Topics might include.
- Product photography
- Special effects
- Flash lighting
- Video capture
If you would like to know more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This can be delivered to individual learners or to groups of up to 120.
The session was informative and interactive, Nigel was friendly, approachable, encouraged questions, and gave time for experimenting. Numerous times throughout the evening, one or another member could be heard saying “I had no idea my phone could do that!”. We have no hesitation in recommending Nigel as a speaker to any group, large or small. Arwen Beaton, Brislington WI
The workshop has been delivered at a range of organisations including; Linguarama, Microsoft, WI, University of Bath and the Royal Photographic Society and for the 24 Hours in Bristol photomorathon
Iphone photography workshop
1924 Brough Superior SS80
The Brough Superior is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made. In their time, these bikes were record breakers and even by today’s standards are fast. These machines are highly sought after but are often only seen in static displays at museums. A neighbour of mine is lucky enough to own one, his bike was bought directly from the factory by his grandfather in the 1920s. While the bike is normally displayed in a museum, he does take it out from time to time and I had the opportunity to see the bike after it had been out on a 100 mile trip in the rain so needed a bit of a wipe down before it was returned to the display. I am a keen motorcyclist so I jumped at the chance to see a Brough in ‘the flesh’ and take some pictures.
The Brough Superior was known as the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’ and for good reason. The craftsmanship is amazing and these were staggeringly fast machines when they were manufactured. Famous owners include Lawrence of Arabia who owned eight.
I now want to be a vintage motorcycle photographer.
1924 Brough Superior SS80
Leather bags – Brough Superior SS80
SS80 – right handlebar showing choke (top) and throttle (bottom)
SS80 – left handlebar
SS80 petrol tank-sight glass for total loss oil system
‘Selfie help’ workshop – how to take better pictures with your mobile device.
For many, one of the main purposes of the camera in their smartphone is to capture and share selfies. In this popular workshop attendees discover the true potential of their mobile device and learn the skills needed to take better pictures for both fun and work.
The workshop is both practical and enjoyable and will provide attendees with a range of skills such as lighting, camera, apps, exposure, composition and useful accessories and much more.
The introductory session normally runs for between 1 and 2 hours and there is also an intermediate session of the same length. The workshop can be offered as a practical staff development session (CPD) or as a fun away-day activity. Click here to find out more.
Macro image taken with iPhone CS
Pinhole photography class at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath
It is quite easy to think of photography as being a highly complex and technical process however, the principles of photography are very simple and a basic pinhole camera can be constructed with the types of items found in a typical rubbish bin. While the image quality of these cameras is basic by modern standards, there is a mystery to the pictures and in some situations, a pinhole camera can capture images beyond the ability of even the most sophisticated digital SLR. Throughout 2017, I will be running a series of one-day pinhole photography classes at the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) HQ in Bath.
The workshops introduce the fundamentals of photography and camera construction before the students make their own cameras and use them to undertake a set of tasks. The students will process their negatives in the darkroom.
If you have never seen a picture appear in a developing dish, this is one of the wonders of analogue photography.
During the class, we also look at contemporary photographers that are exploring the potential of pinhole cameras.
No prior knowledge of photography is required and all materials are provided.
For more information or to book visit the RPS website
Pinhole photograph taken with home-made pinhole camera