With previous versions of the iOS operating system, taking a panoramic photo on your iPhone required the use of third party applications. The first party “Photos” application that comes installed on all iPhone devices did not support such a feature.
The technicians at Apple have heard the cries for such functionality, however, as it has been added to the iPhone with the release of iOS 6. You just need to know how to both hold your phone and use the appropriate application to take any panoramic photo you’d like in just a couple of seconds.
Turn on your iPhone and slide your finger across the screen to unlock the device’s “Home” window, the same way you would if you were making a call or sending an SMS text message. Locate and tap the “Camera” icon to open up the application that controls your iPhone’s front and rear facing cameras.
Under default settings, your iPhone will automatically display whatever visual information is directly in front of the rear camera on screen at this time. Ignore the main portion of the application window for now.
Tap one time on the grey button labeled “Options,” located at the top of the main “Camera” application window. A list of options that you can adjust relating to the way your iPhone takes pictures will appear on screen.
Tap once on the button labeled “Panorama.” The “Options” window will close and you will be redirected back to the main “Camera” application screen. A long, rectangular box with an arrow will appear on your iPhone’s screen. The box you see is exclusively used by the “Panorama” mode. As you take your panoramic photo, the information that your iPhone is capturing will appear within the rectangular box.
Line your iPhone’s camera up with the subject you want to capture. When you’ve got your iPhone lined up just right, tap the “Capture” button at the bottom of the screen the same way you would if you were taking a regular photo. The “Panorama” mode will begin to capture the first part of your image.
Move the iPhone’s camera across the image you’re trying to capture. Go from the left of the subject to the right as slowly and as steadily as you can. As you move your hand, your iPhone will continue to capture visual information in segments. Each segment will be stitched together as part of the panoramic photo. As your iPhone captures more and more visual information, that information will fill the image that is being created in the rectangular box on screen.
When you’ve reached the end of your subject, the panoramic photo will automatically save to the “Photos” application on your device.
Note that if you begin to move the iPhone’s camera too quickly across your subject, a box indicating that you need to slow down will appear on screen. Likewise, a similar box may appear if you’re moving your hand in an unsteady nature. If any type of indicator box appears on screen, follow its directions for the best possible panoramic photo. Failure to do so will result in a less than perfect image.
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