How to Take Panoramic Pictures with Your iPhone & iPad Camera App

Whenever I see a breathtaking landscape, my first instinct is to pull out my iPhone and attempt to capture a picture of it. So many times I’ve snapped away with my camera, brimming with excitement, only to look into my Camera Roll and find that my pictures were disappointing at best. After all, there’s only so much you can capture in a standard shot on the iPhone. Luckily, the iPhone's native Camera app can take panoramic pictures, so you don't need a special panoramic camera app or photo joiner app to stitch pictures together. Let's get started learning how to take a panorama photo on iPhone and iPad.

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To begin:

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  • Open the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Swipe to the left through your options until Pano appears.

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  • Make sure Pano is highlighted yellow above your shutter button. Once it is, you’ll see instructions appear on the screen.
  • If you want to take your photo from left to right make sure the arrow is pointing to the right; if you'd rather take your photo right to left, tap the arrow and it will change directions.
  • Tap the shutter button, then move your iPhone slowly and steadily, keeping the arrow on the yellow line. Don’t get impatient and rush through the process or your picture won’t turn out as well.

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Also, if you want a more encompassing shot but feel that the 240-degree photo is overkill, you can stop taking your picture at any desired point by pressing the shutter button.

Here's my completed panoramic photo!

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Rheanne Taylor is the associate editor of iPhone Life magazine. In her spare time Rheanne is an avid iPhoneographer who loves trying out the latest apps and gadgets for her iPhone camera. She recently graduated with her BA in literature and writing from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.