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12 February 2012


I've been playing with an iPad app from Boinx Software, with the interesting name of "You Gotta See This"

The app creates collages of images that you take by slowly moving the camera around in 3D space. The resulting images are somewhat similar to what is called "panography" or "Hockneyesque" (after the artist David Hockney).
"You Gotta See This!" uses the gyroscope of the iPhone 4, the iPod touch (4th generation) or iPad 2 to determine the camera orientation while you record and positions the images it takes accordingly on a flat surface to create the spacial collages.
There's a tutorial on YouTube:

I think it's more interesting than a standard panorama shot or an image produced "by hand" with a photo stiching software, because of its use of the gyroscope in iOS5 devices.

"Panography, or Joiners, is a photographic technique in which one picture is assembled from several overlapping photographs. This can be done manually with prints or by using digital image editing software.
Panographs may resemble a wide-angle or panoramic view of a scene, similar in effect to segmented panoramic photography orimage stitching. A panograph is distinct because the overlapping edges between adjacent pictures are not removed; the edge becomes part of the picture. Panography is thus a type of photomontage and a sub-set of collage." (link)

You can make panographs "by hand", with an "ordinary" camera: Directions are here, here, and here.

There's a (traditional) Panography Group on Flickr