Panorama pics on iPhone

I’ve been experimenting with iPhone apps that create panoramic photos. The two I like actually create different results. The traditional panorama app I’m using is called AutoStitch. You take two or more photos of the same scene (there should be an overlap within adjacent photos) with your iPhone camera then open up the AutoStitch app. Load the photos you want stitched and watch the app do its thing.

What I love about the AutoStitch app is that it creates large file sizes, large enough to make impressive prints. It takes some practice keeping your horizon consistent within each photo to avoid obvious distortions and stitched seams. You also want to avoid having people in the overlapping parts of the photos. Another neat benefit of AutoStitch is its Help mode, which includes a video tutorial. It’s the best $1.99 I’ve spent for photography software.

The other app I recently downloaded (this one’s free!) is a new release from Microsoft called Photosynth. This app creates more than the typical panorama. It allows you to take numerous photos of the same scene and automatically stitch them all together into a 3D viewing experience. This is the first app I’ve come across that can create 360-degree scenes. To experience this, however, you need to download Microsoft’s Photosynth viewer, which is free and works within your web browser.

According to the Photosynth website, the program uses techniques from the field of computer vision.

After creating your Photosynth image, the app gives you the choice of uploading it to Facebook or directly to your Photosynth account, where people can view them in their 360-degree glory. You can also grab an embed code and post it to your blog (see below). The Facebook panoramic view doesn’t do the images justice.

Here are a few of photos I created with AutoStitch. (Click on thumbnail to see larger image.)

I have also embedded two images using Photosynth. Hope you enjoy them.

Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Notre Dame University

Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee

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