Multi-Image iPhone Panoramas From Plainsboro Preserve

I like doing multi-image panoramas for my landscapes. But shooting with wider lenses on a Full Frame camera, I tend to get more sky & foreground in my images than the areas I want to have as the main subject. With an iPhone 11 Pro using the panorama feature you tend to get a distortion or a “bowing” effect in the middle of the image which to me looks strange or distorted. So for panoramas with the iPhone I shoot a series of overlapping horizontal or vertical iPhone images and “blend” them in Photoshop. Depends on the scene I am trying to capture as to iPhone orientation. If my subject is closer up I would use vertical images, if farther away I would use the iPhone horizontally. On the iPhone 11 Pro if I am using the 1.5mm lens (Field of View on a Full Frame Camera equivalent is ~13mm) I would shoot even more images for the panorama, with more overlapping on each of my images. If using the 4.3mm lens, I would overlap a little less. When using the 6mm lens I could use even less for the image I want to photograph. Basically you have to do a few and see what works best for you. Most of my Multi-Image iPhone panoramas are horizontal images. If doing a Vertical overlap the images more. The featured image is 10 overlapping vertical iPhone 11 images shot with the 1.5mm lens.

The iPhone Camera Lenses Field of View Equivalents:

4 Horizontal Image Panorama with 1.5mm lens, iPhone 11Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
2 Horizontal Image Panorama, 1.5mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
2 Horizontal Image Panorama, 1.5mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
2 Horizontal Image Panorama, 1.5mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
9 Vertical Images 1.5mm Lens, more overlapping of images, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
12 Horizontal Images, again more overlapping of images, iPhone 11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
McCormack Lake, 7 Horizontal Images, iPhone 11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
When Shooting Multi-Image Panoramas you sometimes find a surprise when assembling them. Here a falling branch showed up in the final panorama, which I cloned out. But sometimes you get birds or even the same bird flying through as you are capturing the sequence of images.

Photoshop Auto-Align Layers Window for Blending The Panoramas. Cylindrical seems to work well for iPhone 11 Pro multi-image panoramas, especially when using the 1.5mm lens.
After Auto-Align, use Auto Blend for “blending the layers into 1 image layer

Once you load all the images into Layers you have to Align the layers before blending. With the small lenses in the iPhone 11 Pro, I tend to use the “Cylindrical” setting most often because of the small 1.5mm, 4.3mm or 6mm lenses. But you may have different outcomes. For larger sensor cameras I usually use the “Auto” setting. Also you will have some white or blank areas usually in corners. So while “blending” the layers you can check on “Content Aware Fill” to let Photoshop Fill In these Areas Automatically. If you try one setting and do not like the effect, just go back in History and try a different setting. For Full Frame Digital Camera images I usually use the “Auto” setting.

9 Comments on “Multi-Image iPhone Panoramas From Plainsboro Preserve

  1. Thanks for giving us so many examples and instructions, Reed, using the different options available for pano images. The results are all pretty amazing–I chuckled when I saw the falling branch.

    • Thanks so much Mike! Lately when I am out & about with a Full Frame Camera I have a 150-600mm or 400mm. So the iPhone comes in handy for wider shots. I tend to open my iPhone images in Adobe Camera Raw so I can control noise and pull out even more detail. I shoot HEIC Raw files on the iPhone, But even if you shoot jpegs on your iPhone you can set Adobe Camera Raw to open them as “Raw” files to pull out more detail and smooth out noise. I really do not see much difference between the files HEIC or jpegs in Adobe Camera Raw. If I know I want a Large file for a big print, you can uprez the iPhone file, either jpeg or HEIC, while you are in Adobe Camera Raw. Just click on the text under the preview image. Then in the next screen that comes up check off the box “Do Not Enlarge”. Then just make one of the sizes Larger and hit the OK button. Usually works quite well for Enlarging your image for a Larger Print. Thanks Again!

  2. I don’t think there is enough of a difference to warrant the effort. Used correctly, and then adjusted correctly in the post, the iPhone 11 Pro panorama images are great.

    • I disagree. If you are shooting an iPhone Panorama with a wide or even normal lens going from far left to far right you get a “bowing” or “bulge” in the middle. This minimizes that bulge or distortion. Plus you have more control of how long or how high the Pano images are. But shoot your panoramas as you like! Just showing different ways to Photograph your subjects. Have a Great Day!

  3. It is always interesting to read you and admire your beautiful captures, Reed. It seems this iPhone has great capabilities. It is amazing how fast this technology is evolving. Sometimes I wonder how when this technology will take over my NikonD800 with its heavy lenses…

    • Thanks so much Greta for your kind words!! Somehow I am using the iPhone more than my regular cameras lately! Maybe I am just getting older and do not want to lug around my big gear! Or maybe it is the challenge to see what images I can get out of the iPhone. But you still can not beat the images I get from my Canon, Olympus & Panasonic cameras. Probably just using the iPhone because we are just staying at home and going to local parks to walk & then photograph if I see something interesting! Thanks again!😊

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