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How to Use Panorama Mode to Take Tall Pictures

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Did you know you can use the panorama mode on your iPhone to take pictures of very tall things? This comes in handy when you can’t get far enough away from an object to get it all into the frame in a portrait shot, or when you don’t want everything else around in the frame.

Start by opening your camera and selecting Panorama mode. Then, turn your phone on its side (with the volume buttons on the left if you’re starting at the bottom of the photo), tap the button to start taking the photo, and follow the line pointing up. As always with panorama photos, the key is to move slowly and smoothly. There will be a line in the middle and an arrow to guide you, and this is almost a game to see if you can keep the arrow on the line. If you wobble off the line, don’t worry. Just stop moving along the line and guide your phone back to the middle.

Once you’ve got everything in the shot, tap the photo button again — it should be displaying as a stop button. Now when you check photos, you should have one tall picture that has the little panorama icon in the bottom right-hand corner. You can of course keep taking the picture until you run out of panorama mode too. This works really well for nice ceilings, but you may need a second person to hold the phone while you turn around.

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