Mobile Photography 101: Panorama



Panoramas I took in Kerela last week

Panoramas are wide angled images that have traditionally needed special lenses or manual labor to make them possible. But the use of software has made even this task easy for amateurs.

Below we enumerate and discuss four ways in which panoramas can be generated using an Android phone.

1. The easiest way to get started would be to use the Android’s built-in camera application. Just change the ‘shooting mode’ to ‘panorama’ and you are good to start shooting 180 degree panoramas.

2. For an even easier and better usage, you can use one of the many apps available on the Google Play Store. One of my favourite is Photaf. It lets you capture good, high quality 360 degree images without any hassle.

3. A more complex, but powerful way would be to take images using any camera and stiching them using a Gimp or Photoshop plugin.

4. The most bad-ass way would, of course, be to create your own app in Java or C (and run using JNI) to take panoramas. On your Android, you can programically do this using openCV and one of the many image-stiching algorithms supplied with it.