If you’re an iPhone user then you know about the panorama photo mode included in iOS 6 (for iPhone 5 and 4S). It’s a very decent way to create quick and not very dirty panorama images with the built-in camera.
Turn it on, hold the camera steady, swivel as smoothly as you can. The iPhone’s built-in app does the rest, and often you’re treated to an ultra wide angle panorama image that is surprisingly good. Put the iPhone on a tripod and the panorama effect is even better.
You’re still dealing with the quality of a smartphone’s camera, though. For the DSLR lover in all of us, there’s a new and free way to create panorama photos on the Mac. It’s called Scotch (as in the tape that stitches items together) and it still requires manual stitching of different images, but the results are quite good considering the price tag.
As always, it’s best to use a tripod to capture the multiple images necessary to be aligned and stitched together for the panorama view. Then, just drag, drop, and align the separate images. Scotch puts them together to create a panoramic view.
The end result is surprisingly good.
There is a notable difference in the amount of time and effort required to use a DSLR, Scotch, and your Mac to achieve a panorama photo when compared to the few seconds required for an iPhoto version of the same image.
The iPhone’s panorama mode is good, but accurate stitching of multiple photos provides a level of quality the iPhone has difficulty matching.
I’m impressed that Scotch is free.