Fancy a panoramic photographs (and spherical) ready for the new three-dimensional mode of Facebook? Here are some applications for taking them from the iPhone in the right format
With the recent Facebook update that turns photos into panoramic images to be displayed by tilting the smartphone from side to side, a growing desire to publish, from time to time, their points of view through this new photo mode.
So we selected some iPhone apps (except one are universal, so also will be useful in order to iPad) that will facilitate the acquisition of these particular photographs, if the device will be “simple” panoramic, loading will have a 360-degree view on Facebook without having to resort to specially order born camcorders.
And ‘the app we use since its first version, when the “overview” mode was not yet implemented in the application of iOS Camera. Among the best of its kind, it facilitates scanning photos at 360 degrees during the day and at night (the flash can be activated at the click or kept burning in “torch” mode throughout the entire image capture maneuver.)
The instructions are shown on the screen: it is enough to keep the phone vertically, then turn around on the spot to the left or to the right by matching the two symbols shown above. Two “drops”, which recall remotely the symbol of Yin and Yang, will touch step by step, until you complete a full rotation.
At that point, the system automatically will combine the shots into a single image (the final photo will be exported also directly in the camera roll), viewable with 360 degree mode already from the app itself, giving a preview of what you’ll get then loading it on Facebook.
The name might fool you because the application was created, mainly, to take a look at Google’s mapping, entering “in vivo” of the streets. Actually incorporates an intelligent function that allows you to take panoramic or spherical photos. ‘Just click the button (+), and then select the iPhone’s own camera and frame the orange ball that is shown on the screen by tilting the device vertically.
When you have taken (automatically) the first photograph will have to move from side to side ‘another framing subsequent circles to create a panoramic picture.
This application allows to create spherical images by combining multiple shots into a single image. At bootup, it will find virtually in a “gray sphere” to be filled with pictures that are automatically taken by tilting and directing the smartphone in all directions.
Based on our tests the app only works well in the wide open spaces, where there are no objects or obstacles too close to the point of shooting. Testing it at home, for example, the results are disastrous as many of the objects in the vicinity will be. “Broken”
Bonus: The app Apple Camera
From iOS 7 Apple provides a capture function of panoramic photographs directly through its camera application. And ‘Just open the app, and scroll right to select this mode, then tilt the device vertically and press the shutter button to start capturing the panoramic.
By default, the acquisition takes place from left to right but if you want reverse the direction you just touch the line to follow the center of the screen before pressing the shutter button.
to gain an overview it is sufficient to keep the device vertically and follow the line shown on the screen, keeping the tip of the arrow as close as possible to the latter. The final image, at the end, will not be 360 degrees, but it will come to 270 degrees at most and will obviously not be spherical. However Facebook recognizes them as panoramic, so in this way you will benefit from the new mode without installing any new application.