Unlike desktop and laptop computers, smartphone peripherals are appearing that are sometimes just as expensive and sometimes bigger than the smartphone. Here are two types, one a game controller, the other a camera.
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In our travels, what impresses me about what we see quite often cannot be recorded in a standard aspect ratio (4x3 or even 9x16) photograph. For example, here is a single photo that I took with my Nikon D5000.
Sure, this gets the basic elements of the scene -- the courtyard, the walkway, stuff in the corner... But my eye sees a lot more to the right of this scene. Here is a panorama of the same scene:
I chose this example because it isn't particularly dramatic, yet gets the point of the changed feeling a photo with a wider angle conveys.
Taking these pictures is no longer very hard. You just have to start thinking and shotting this way when looking at scene. Here's what I do:
When I get home, I use a program named Autopano Pro -- but there are lots of different programs you can use for this. Here are the features of Autopano I like:
Finally, I embed a growing collection of such panoramas I have been taking for 10 years as the banner of my blog. Every time you visit this page, a panorama will be selected at random.