The Camera app in iOS 6 includes a brand new panorama feature that lets users take wide shots of their surroundings by simply swiping the camera across.
Although the feature isn’t entirely new, Apple’s decision to bake it right into the default Camera app increased its visibility, as can be seen by the increased shares of such photographs on social networks.
We’ve already posted a how-to guide for capturing panoramic images using the camera app on iOS 6, but since then a number of alternative uses for the panorama have popped up.
The first one is the vertical panorama, or “Vertorama,” useful for capturing tall vertical structures like buildings and monuments.
The way you go about it is very simple. Instead of holding your iPhone in portrait mode, hold it in landscape and simply swipe your camera in the up or down direction depending on your location.
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By default the Camera app lets you shoot a panorama from left to right, but you can switch directions by tapping the white arrow. This works not just with horizontal panoramas, but vertical ones as well.
Another fun use of the Panorama mode is creating images that have multiple appearances of a single person. Scott Forstall sowed off such a panoramic shot during the iPhone 5 keynote.
This is as simple as capturing a horizontal panoramic shot, except that you have to time your movement according to the pace of the camera panning motion. You could even try this with multiple people, and make an appearance more than twice.
BuzzFeed has some more such examples:
You can also shoot distorted panoramic images by moving your iPhone at a non-uniform pace in a location with plenty of movement or slightly deviating from the panning direction recommended by the Camera app.
The folks at CNET put together a nice video detailing the usage of the Panorama mode in the iOS 6 detailing both these tricks:
Are there any other fun ways of using the Panorama mode in the iOS 6 Camera that we missed?