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iPhone 6s Plus: Tips for Shooting Panoramas

A panoramic image is constructed by blending numerous single images together. With the iPhone, that is done with vertical overlapping images; the side effects of this can be seen in the sky towards top right.

For panorama stitching, the camera must deal with all sorts of issues, including exposure and brightness that varies with shooting angle, overlapping images at different height an angles, parallax from camera movement, etc. Some of these issues are beyond user control, and some are not. This page discusses best practices for getting the best quality panoramic images from the iPhone 6s Plus (or any camera).

This discussion applies to any camera for panoramas, but is tailored to the iPhone. Shooting tips follow below.

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Mt Conness Watershed with view to Saddlebag Lake
f2.2 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 50; 2016-06-29 19:14:11
iPhone 6s Plus + iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 @ 29mm equiv (4.2mm)

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