‘Dermandar’ Photography App

Dermandar (iPod/iPhone App): I like panorama photos, especially when done well and you can spin the full 360 degrees and see a room, courtyard, scenery, sport venue, etc. While this is not necessarily the ‘best’ it is still good and worth the price (free!).

“The easiest-to-use panoramic picture app on the iPhone. Just launch, take a picture, steadily move the camera to the left or right to slide an on-screen Yin symbol into a Yang symbol – How clever! How Zen! – and the program will automatically stitch together a slick panoramic photo.” – Wall Street Journal

DMD Panorama, free : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dmd-panorama/id441183050

Perhaps the best feature of this App is that it tells you when it is going to take the next photo, based on your rotation, and takes it for you. All you have to do is keep the iPhone steady, same height, and turn slowly. Share your panoramas on the Dermandar site or push them to Twitter or Facebook.

In the immortal words of children’s BBC presenters from my youth … here’s one I made earlier! Click and hold your cursor in the photo and drag left or right to rotate. If you want to make it full screen click the up arrow in the top-right of the image:

DMD Panorama: Campus, University of Leicester

Please, if you use this, don’t forget to edit the title of your image – when I searched the website there were thousands of ‘untitled’ panoramas to trawl through. And, once it’s uploaded, use the edit feature to add a description and ‘tags’ so it is categorised and easy for others to crowd-source too?

Here are a few tips to remember when using the app:

  • Keep the camera steady and level, if you drop your hand as you pan round the stitched photo will look wrong.
  • As you pan round the light/contrast of the subject or scenery will change, so you’ll get dark vertical bands where the individual photos are stitched together. With practice you can minimise this, try starting the pan at a different point of the field of view?
  • Update the title and tags associated with the panorama, and upload to www.dermandar.com, start or add to a growing repository of panoramic photos.
  • Once you’ve uploaded to the website you’ll need to check the settings on each individual upload, by default it looks like your panorama is set to ‘hide from galleries and search results’. (NB: ‘galleries’ is spelt wrong on on the Dermandar website, opps!).
  • Connect your Twitter or Facebook accounts and publish direct.

What I’d like to see is the ability to add labels to the panoramic photo, so you can highlight an object or area of view, this would help contextualise the photo.

There are two embed options – JS & HTML5 or Flash-based – but I can only get the Flash one to work on my blog here – have you been able to get the HTML5 one working, does it then work and display on mobile tech devices that can’t handle flash?

Here is an example of one that someone else made/took, and shows you how you can use crowd-sourced content for lesson content? Embed it in your materials, wiki page, blog, VLE, website, etc (not forgetting attribution to owner/creator).

DMD Panorama: Colosseum, Rome (by rodo1111)

Are you using panorama photos in your resources or learning materials? If so please share how, what, and why with us by leaving a comment below.

  • You can zoom in on detail in photographs, too, using the mouse scroll wheel.