To all of you who have managed to make an Art Form out of wandering aimlessly in circles while attempting to run errands or simply make it from Point A to Point B…I salute you. It has already been well documented that I could write the eBook on bobble heading around in child like discovery instead of actually paying attention to other pedestrians and incoming traffic, and have somehow so far lived to tell the story. So I jumped right on this one.
The Photosynth App for iPhone is made for people like us.
There are hundreds of photo panorama apps out there, but most of them end up looking like you scotch taped a bunch of polaroids together on the refrigerator. That was nifty back when the Brady Bunch went to the Grand Canyon, but it’s 2011, people. This app is how it should be done. It’s amazing. It’s easy to use. And it’s free. A triple score.
Plant yourself in one spot and turn on the app. Then just do what we do best…spin around slowly while looking up and down and right and left. The app automatically snaps a photo every couple of feet, using a neato overlay marker, so you don’t miss a spot in your panorama. The more photos you shoot, the bigger and better your photo ends up. Shoot the subject, the sky, the ground and all the details until you end up back where you started.
That’s it. Using some kind of high tech software magic that is way beyond me, the photos are stitched together seamlessly and then…wait for it…BAM!…a little bit of your world is now in 3D panorama that you can spin, tilt and show off on your phone, Facebook or the Photosynth website. It is only available for the iPhone right now, but it’s coming for other systems. (One, relax…it’s coming. Two…you should have an iPhone anyway. Just saying. Snap.)
But right now I’m still a little light headed from my last 360, so check out the corporate vid on the subject. You need to see it in action, and they explain it better anyway. Very DanCool.