Finding a panoramic photo for the header of your blog or website can be a real pain. You can try cropping a photo in Photoshop, but the elements don’t always fit within the squat format. You could download an app or buy a special lens add-on, but that’s expensive and adds yet another item to your “To Learn” list. Uh, no thanks.
Fret not, there’s an easier, faster (and quite possibly free) option.
The built-in camera on the iPhone 5s has a Panoramic setting that takes all the guess work and hassle out of the process. So, yes, you’ll need to beg, borrow, or buy an iPhone 5s. (Note: If you’ve ever filmed a video with any iPhone, you’ll find this process is almost identical.)
- Click on the Camera icon to open it.
- Swipe the bottom of the screen to select “Pano.” You’ll see an overlay of an arrow on a line, and the instructions “Move iPhone continuously when taking a Panorama.”
- Aim your camera at the subject of your photo and tap the round “On” icon to begin.
- The onscreen instruction changes to “Keep the arrow on the center line.” Slowly, steadily move your camera to the right, following the yellow line. Tip: plant your feet wide apart, and keep your elbows glued to your sides for maximum stability.
- Click the same icon (now a square) to Stop the process. Voilà. Your image is automatically saved to your Camera Roll. You can email it to yourself from there.
Seriously, it’s idiot-proof. And addictive. It can make even the most mundane subjects look interesting. Like my messy studio.