My short film 14,000 boxes has been shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize. The winners will be announced on the 11th July and the work of all 40 shortlisted artists can be seen at the Holden Gallery in Manchester until the end of August.
Consider where the image will start and where it will finish. Are there any any distracting elements in the shot? If people or objects are moving through the scene, you could let them pass, if the distracting element is permanent you may need to choose a different composition or even remove it later in Photoshop. Check to see where the sun or other main lights are in the scene and prepare your exposure accordingly. The normal AE/AF lock (touch on a chosen area of screen for a couple of seconds) still works with the Pano option. In the shots of the station above, I locked the exposure on the station entrance to avoid this area overexposing.
Most smartphone photographers enjoy the portability of their camera and don’t want to be restricted by tripods or other accessories. For this reason, most smartphone photographs are taken ‘hand held’. The serious panoramic photographer would use a tripod and possibly a special panoramic tripod head designed for this type of work. The Pano feature in the camera app does provide some guidance for the smartphone photographer. The built in accelerometer detects when the camera is tilted away from its starting position and guides the user to make corrections. In the image below, the large white arrow is the current position of the camera, the yellow line is the level which you should try to keep the white angle on as you rotate.
In the screen shot from the camera app (above), the panoramic image will start on the left and pan right, this is the default but if you want to pan the other way, click on the large white arrow to swap.
You should practice the shot a couple of times to check if the composition works and how you rotate the phone and your body. You should check the shot carefully as some problems are hard to see on a small screen. Parallax is a major issue with panoramic photographs, particularly with subjects with a lot of straight lines such as the examples in this post. This is one of the main advantages in a dedicated tripod head. If possible, try to rotate the phone close to the body rather than at arms length.
As the panoramic picture is recording an extreme wide angle image (up to 360 degrees) on to a flat 2D image it will often show extreme distortion (two images below).
While it doesn’t quite fall into a post on panoramic photography, I thought I would test the TinType app on one of the pictures. As a passionate film (analogue?) photographer I should have a real issue with apps like TinType but perhaps, it could be a ‘gateway’ app which opens people’s minds to the wonderful world of early photographic techniques?
All images taken in this post were shot on an iPhone 7, some were captured using the Superfish V1 Moment Lens.
All images taken at Pickering Station on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Panoramic photography is just one of the topics I cover in my ‘Selfie Help Workshop’ to help people take better pictures or video with their smartphones. Please contact me if you would like more information.
High quality media capture with smartphones
This enjoyable and practical workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills to record the best quality media with their smartphones.
The session has been offered as part of staff development activities, for startup businesses looking to shoot their own crowd funding videos and for groups who want to learn these skills for fun.
- focus and exposure control
- supports and stabilising
- audio recording
- video recording
- Advanced photography, video and audio features
- Apps for capture and editing
Workshops can be tailored to 1:1 sessions up to groups of over 100 attendees. While based in the Bath and Bristol area this workshop has been delivered to companies and organisations across the UK.
Clients include; Microsoft, Marcus Evans Linguarama, University of Bath, Royal Photographic Society, WI,
Produce, Consume, Dispose, Repeat…….
Our modern economies are now highly dependent on consumer spending. When in recession, governments often rely on a ‘consumer led recovery’ to bring the economy into the black. ‘Consumer confidence’ is a measure of the strength of an economy. Uncontrolled consumption however is unsustainable. In the west, we are consuming goods at an ever greater speed, the resources we consume are difficult or impossible to replenish while the carbon released and pollution created is leading to a rapidly degraded natural environment.
A fleet of huge container ships is needed to bring the goods we consume to our doors in The West. The ship in the video carries up to 14,000 containers. The largest currently at sea carry around 21,000 containers and there are plans to build even larger ships in the near future.
The video has been created as part of a project I am working on in my MA in Fine Art.