Last week we took a look at wide angle photography and the lenses you need to shoot wwwwiiiiiddddeeeee. This week, it’s time to look at panoramic photography, how to take a smooth shot, how to display your work, and the must-have apps. Ok, let’s go.
The first thing you are going to need to shoot a panoramic photo on your iPhone is a tripod. Unless you have incredibly steady hands, your panoramic photos are probably going to look pretty bad.
Introducing your iPhone to a tripod is easy. You can either go with a Glif, that will work as a tripod mount for your existing tripod, or you can go with a Gorillapod tripod. The Gorillapod GripTight is a good choice if you are on a budget and want to start shooting panoramic photography or steady video. The Gorillapod GripTight PhoneCam ClampStand comes in at $15, so it’s a very affordable option.
Once you have your tripod set up complete, it’s time to start shooting. The iPhone has a built in panoramic mode that already shoots very well, in fact all of the photos you see here were shot using the iPhone’s in-built panoramic mode. There are also some pretty good apps out there too. We recommend you try out 360 Panorama and DMD Panorama. You can also try the new Cycloramic Studio 360 Panorama app that actually spins your phone for you and takes a panoramic photograph! We haven’t tried this yet, but it looks pretty amazing.
Once you have your smooth, awe-inspiring shot, it’s time to share. If you want to post your panorama on Instagram, your image is going to be cropped square. You can use apps like Whitagram or SquareReady to post your panorama with a white border on the top and bottom of your image like this:
Another way to capture a panoramic image is to shoot separate images and arrange the panoramic composition on the wall.
Displaying two images together is known as a diptych, and three images composed together is known as a triptych. Think about this technique when you are taking your photos. The impact of space between each image is very effective.
A popular photographer working with this technique is David Hillard. Notice how he uses the middle frame in this triptych composition to express the expanse between father and son, and the passage of time.
It just so happens that Tripych compositions work great with our frames! So get out there and start capturing your panoramic images.