Photosynth Panorama App

Photosynth AppPhotosynth (iPad, iPhone, iPod): I’ve tried a few apps that stitch photos together and produce a seamless panorama (DMD Dermandar is one I’ve mentioned before) but this one is the best I’ve found that enables not only 360 degree horizontal rotation but also vertically too. Let’s face many how many scenes are so flat you can capture it in one plane?

“Photosynth for iOS is the panorama creation app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you. Using the latest in computer vision techniques you can not only make a panorama from left to right, but also up and down, enabling you to capture a full ‘sphere’.”

Photosynth (free):

Here is the first panorama I have created, in London last week: Lincoln Inn Fields, London, Panorama on Photosynth.

A few tips when creating your panorama:

  • Be careful when using an area that has a high contrast between direct sunlight and shade, the final panorama will not look as seamless as you may hope.
  • Take your time between capturing each image, especially if there are people or moving elements in the frame(s). If you can just wait until someone has moved out of the immediate frame before continuing – this will stop the ‘missing head’ or ‘missing body’ that features in my second panorama (see below).
  • Don’t stand too close to objects (railings, buildings, etc) as these become very distorted during the stitching process (again, see panorama below).

On my way home I tried another panorama, this time at St. Pancras station, just next to the statue of Sir John Betjeman: St. Pancras Station, London, Panorama on Photosynth.

So, what can this app offer education – it can bring places into the classroom as more just a static image. Share your Photosynth’s on Bing Maps and the Photosynth website for others to take advantage of, and use someone else’s from somewhelse else in the world, like:

The gallery of images below show few of the steps in capturing and processing the panorama, from the capture stitching, through processing, naming, uploading, and sharing:

  • Excellent tips on getting good results – I’ve learned those things the hard way! I do however often find that I do want to get a panorama with greatly varying levels of light (eg. low sun) and in my experience DMD Dermandar handles this most gracefully. It’s superseded Photosynth as my favourite panorama app.