iPhone Apps I actually use: Part III – AutoStitch
This great panoramic image was made in less than 3 minutes using the stock camera in the iPhone 3GS and an App called AutoStitch! (Click on the picture to see it larger)
Developer: Cloudburst Research
Price as tested: $1.99 (Regular Price $2.99)
I’ve been using the Photomerge feature in Photoshop since it was introduced in Adobe Creative Suite 4 to create cool panoramic images from collections of snapshots. I’ve always enjoyed the result, but found it to be a bit labour intensive and time consuming so I only used it sporadically. Now, I create instant panos on my iPhone with the great (and extremely fun) App called AutoStitch. Just take a series of pictures with the stock Camera App on the iPhone (or any other camera app), save to your iPhoto library, then launch AutoStitch. The App is brain-dead easy to use – just click on the photos you want to merge, and hit the “Stitch” button, that’s it! Depending on how many photos you’ve selected, the finished pano will render in either a few seconds or a few minutes and display immediately on your iPhone. You can then crop and save to the standard photo library and download to your computer on your next synch.
While good, that App is certainly not without its limitations – but with a little practice you’ll soon figure out what works and what doesn’t, enabling you to shoot better source photos. If you look at these next images close up (click on the photo for a larger view) you’ll see where some ghosting occurs when overlapping of images isn’t perfect. But, considering Photoshop costs about $800 US and this app is a lousy two bucks, it does a pretty good job! I’ve now started to use it as a tool to frame shots, make a quick pano in the field, then shoot images to combine in Photoshop later. In that way, it’s saved me a lot of trial-and-error and greatly improved the quality of the panos I make in Photoshop. Anyways, it’s FUN and and it’s only $2… how many things in life can you say that about?