- Square: How stupid, just crop the image later.
- Video: Very convenient, but so far all I've done is accumulate some shaky footage.
- Slo-Mo: Still no easy way to export to Instagram or Facebook.
- Filters: The native iOS options are decent but I still prefer Instagram, or even VSCO's advanced options.
- HDR: fun to play with at first but the difference between regular and HDR is pretty minimal, and I often prefer the non-HDR version.
I've had a lot of fun taking super wide-angle shot with it since panorama was included in iOS 6 (fall of 2012). Before it became part of iOS, I'd tried a few specialized camera apps, but they always ended up looking funny, and I found one desktop tool called Hugin for stitching pictures together on the computer, but it wasn't that easy to use. I did use it to create a beautiful photo view from the top of the US Bank building in San Francisco.I admit, I've got a thing for views, whether from the top of a hill or a tall building, or even just a big open space. Particularly when I'm traveling or visiting touristy sites, taking a picture of up to 240 degrees helps capture the experience of being there.
Here's a photo I took recently on the Rainbow Bridge above Keelung River:
- I didn't get close enough to the building for the impact of a vertical panorama to really be interesting.
- I held the phone too close to myself. Basically started out with it in front of my chest and moved it upwards. That meant, to capture the sky above and behind me, I found myself contorted into a backbend, which I haven't since my last failed attempt at a Yoga class around 10 years ago. There are obviously less gymnastic ways of accomplishing this by just holding out your arms and moving them. I'll give that a try next time :)
I know there are some other cool tricks you can do, like having someone run from one part of the panorama to another to appear multiple times. I haven't tried anything like that yet though -- any suggestions?