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Quick and easy panorama photos with the iPhone – Free app for Valentines Day

In the world of panorama photos apps for the iPhone, there are a few to choose from. Some create very high resolution images that require effort to stitch the images together, others require matching each frame up to snap the next picture for the stitching is done for you. Then, DMD Panorama does the shutter and sticking for you, and they tell you when they will snap the image with a pretty creative graphic.

When you launch the app, you can decide on a few settings around quality and sharing. Then, hold your iPhone in portrait view and snap the button to start. You can now turn left or right. As you turn the ying/yang icons at the top of the screen will come together, when they touch the camera will take another image. You can go for a couple frames or all the way around 360 degrees. DMD Panorama then stitches the images together and presents you with a pretty nice resolution image. You can save the image locally or to the DMD Panorama service to share or keep amongst you and your friends. The Web site offers viewing of the panorama on the site so no download needed if you decide to share with others.

A undocumented feature that causes me to use DMD Panorama more often than not is that the camera does a good job at normalizing the light and dark areas so you don’t end up with what looks like one picture in the pano lighter than the rest.

Oh yea, and Free for the now through the end of February 14th makes it a great time to try it out.


Getting the Tri-Filter Effect with your iPhone Photos

The Tri-Filter Effect, also known as the Harris Shutter, is where three photos are taken and merged together. Unlike TiltShift, the Tri-Filter takes the three images with different color filters: Cyan, Yellow, Magenta (some refer to as the Red/Green/Blue). Since the three photos are taken one after the next, any areas that move will show as a ghost on the final photo in a particular color. Imagine a person walking across the street, if you take three photos quickly, the background and road are still but you will have three of the people as they progressed between the time you snapped the shot.

Take that idea and apply it to anything that moves a bit like water or clouds. You can also move the camera to cause a color shadow on the objects in the photo. A few examples sites/pages: Tri-Filter Landscapes, Harris Shutter Flickr Discussion, “Apply Filter” looking at Tri-Filter photo options.

Since we have a iPhone in our hand and don’t want to haul around a bunch of filters to change out, there is an app to handle that magic for us. HarrisCamera will snap the three photos with digital color filters across 1, 2, 5, or 10 seconds. Then, save the image to your iPhone Album, email or share on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.