Many of us have aversed mobile photography, but we tend to getting used to it. It becomes accepted even in the world of professionals, what is not just because of the popularity of the iPhone, but mainly to the fact mobile cameras become better day by day and smartphones get more and more useful features not just the many filters and effects.
Time Lightbox published a special series of Getty Images indian photographer Daniel Berehulak. The hindu Kumbh Mela religious gathering is held every 12 years and the Australian born photographer covering the asian region for his agency made a special effort capturing the spirit of the event. Once his iPhone5 has a panorama function he used it and did it well. He captured a series of very moving and eventful panoramic images.
When I was testing the iPhone5 my experiences were mixed with the panorama feeature. My panos illustrate it well what it is like to try catching a moving subject with an auto-stiched panorama. I confess I didn’t really try to make it perfect, especially when I had some moving subjects around me. Mostly because it happened around the time when I had the current topic of the panorama stitching mistake at a demonstration. This rose the question of how much place there is for such methods in press – and in what way.
Well, the three times World Press Photo winner Berehulak and his employer Getty Images showed the way to do it right, and what is even more they found a way how it really makes sense. Don’t forget it is important to check these kinds of pictures if they are stitched well, and on the other hand to display the method of creation. For example Berehulak’s captions on the Getty sytem all have a disclaimer line stating: “ EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using an iPhone panoramic application.”
This is not a relief from following ethics guidelines but a clear identification of the methods used. It helps to understand the method of creation and the level of ethics to judge by the subscribers and viewers alike who can decide if they tolerate this technique or not – but everything is clear and transparent.
The photographer has a personal story on the Time website telling the process of preparation and creation of the phtoos it is worth to read it.