This pano got entirely messed up, not sure whether it was the phone than did it or whether I didn’t keep the phone level when I was panning … Anyway, just wanted to show people that I do get shots that aren’t picture perfect, and this is a prime example … if you don’t like it, actually, really, seriously, I don’t care and you don’t need to tell me, I didn’t publish it as an excellent example of my best work !
Tricks I’ve learnt with the iPhone’s built in pano are to keep it as level as possible whilst panning. For my beach sunsets I use the horizon and keep it at the same place in the shot as I pan. Take a pano left to right and then another one right to left. That way if the exposure isn’t set correctly or you mess something up you have two photos. It doesn’t take much extra time. For sunsets I always try and get the sun or the brightest part of the sky in the starting shot, otherwise it’s very difficult to get the exposure correct.
You could do a “dry run” to see how your own body will move whilst your taking the pano, a good idea for beginners. For experts it’s is possible to just rotate JUST the phone, but requires a bit of practice and skill. Use this technique if there are objects close the camera like railings or you’ll get errors in the panorama.
This pano’s not been edited, only shrunk for publishing in Photoshop, so it’s as it came off of my iPhone 4s. I would have adjusted if it had been “for publishing” because as it stands this shot doesn’t do justice to what it really looks like, colour and tone wise.
There’s a bigger image, so worth a click if you’re interested to see the larger image.
Taken in Thailand, (c) Don Charisma 2014