Take Gorgeous Landscape Pictures with Your iPad Using a Panoramic Photo app

Summer is a time for hiking, camping, exploring, and taking in the gorgeous outdoor surroundings. Your iPad can be used in so many ways outdoors, so you might want to bring it along the next time you go hiking, if only to capture some amazing memories that you might not be able to get otherwise.

Digital cameras take fantastic photos, but no digital camera can do a panoramic photo like the iPad can. Using a panoramic app, you can store and share a picture of a landscape that freezes a moment in time, capturing exactly what you see yourself.

There are quite a few panoramic apps in the App Store, and most of them work quite well. Personally, I prefer 360 Panorama ($0.99) because it is simple to use and because it allows you to share flat panoramic photos with your friends and family, or view them in 3-D on your device. Panorama 360 Camera ($0.99) is also a good choice.

With most normal digital cameras, you can create panoramic photos, but it requires careful aiming and third party software to stitch the images together. Panoramic iPad apps complete these steps automatically, so all you need to worry about is finding a great spot for a photo.

I used 360 Panorama this weekend to take quite a few shots, so I’ll give you a quick rundown on how these apps work. The first step is opening the app, which can be used in both portrait and landscape mode. From there, you’ll want to find a good spot to begin your photo.

360 Panorama Screenshot

The iPad camera is not particularly complex, so you will want to take photos while there is plenty of light outside. I can tell you first hand that these apps do not work well during dusk or in dimly lit rooms, but with enough light, you can get some stunning results.

With 360 Panorama, you have a grid, which you will want to line up with an attractive point in the landscape. The general rule is that you want two thirds of your screen to be filled with sky and one third to be filled with land, or vice versa. This makes for a well balanced photo.

When you’re ready to take your shot, simply tap the camera button on the screen, and then slowly rotate around in both directions. While it looks best just to rotate a few degrees in each direction, you can also take a full 360 degree photo, including moving the camera up and down for a view of everything that surrounds you.

The app stitches the photos together in real time, so you can immediately see the results, and each one is tagged with your location, so you’ll always remember where you’ve been.

Panorama of Downtown Mountain View. Click to Enhance.

These panoramic photos can be viewed on your device or uploaded to the 360 Panorama database to share with others. You can also flatten your photos down to share on Twitter or Facebook, and those photos look just as impressive.

Panoramic apps aren’t going to replace a traditional camera, but you can use your iPad to get some great shots that you might not be able to get otherwise. There’s no better way to get a full view of your surroundings, so consider taking the iPad along on your next adventure  – you’re sure to make some fantastic memories with it.

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