Now a days any 8 year old with an iPhone can take a great photo. The technology of the cameras on our phones is becoming so good that it takes DSLR quality photos, without having to have a degree in photography. A lot of these phones have various camera settings that go unused by the owner because they do not even know that they are there. One of my favorite is the Panorama mode. Often abbreviated on your phone as “Pano” it works by combining a lot of separate photos into a single image. The images end up much wider than they are tall which means they are perfect for landscape shots of gorgeous fishing spots (see image above). You can really make the image as wide as you want, but that doesn’t mean that you have to. Often times my favorite panoramas are just a slightly wider view of what the camera normally shoots. To create a panorama, select the Pano mode from the options, hold your phone upright (vertical), then start to pan the phone from right to left or vise versa. It is usually best to choose something interesting to start and end on. Also do you best to keep the phone at a level height as you move it and make sure you move it at a consistent speed.
Another fun shot to try in Pano mode is a vertical photo. This can be great for capturing something like a waterfall. Here you would want to turn your phone on the side (so that the phone is horizontal), the move the phone upwards or downwards. This will give you a vertical panoramic photo. Are you looking for that unique landscape shot that actually does the landscape justice? Give the Pano mode a try. These photographs are often times my favorite souvenirs from fishing trips. Phone’s now a days have so much memory on them that it is basically free so shoot as many shots as possible while you are learning, you can always delete them later!
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