How To Make The Most Of Your 360-Degree Camera

Have you recently bought a shiny new 360-degree camera? Looking for inspiration to start honing your skills in immersive photography? Here are some easy hints and tips from our friends that will help you capture the perfect panoramic shots to impress your friends.

How 360 Cameras Work

The best 360 cameras all come with broadly the same features and specifications. They use dual lenses both of which catch light at a 180-degree angle, combining to form a full spherical photograph of your environment. In the early days, 360 degree cameras were exclusive equipment with a hefty price tag and only really employed by professional photographers. Now the big brands have adopted the technology and made it mainstream. This is great news for all amateur and professional photographers who are looking for state of the art equipment at a bargain.

Simple Photography Tips For 360 Cameras

Get 360 photography on point and the outcome is breath taking. Add a VR headset and you can let anyone literally “step in” to your photograph, exploring it in every detail. Sounds cool, right? So how do you capture the money shot? First think about what kind of lens you want to use with your camera. For example you could use a fish eye lens to achieve a kaleidoscopic photograph or a wide-angle lens that attaches to your Go Pro. If you’re unsure, read up on the latest Gadget Reviews to learn about all the accessories that you can attach to take your 360 camera to the next level.

When you’re ready to “point and click”, there are a few tricks that you can try. As with traditional cameras, start with thinking about your angle. You can point the camera straight in front of you, but this will predictably result in a rather standard panoramic image. Instead try holding the camera above you when you take the shot, and if you can position your self or anything in your environment in an interesting way underneath then even better. An accessory such as selfie stick can help you extend even higher. If you hold the camera completely above your head and shoot in a straight line, you can make yourself completely disappear from the photograph, leaving only your beautiful surroundings.

Another super call future is the 360-degree time-lapse footage. Not everyone is aware that you can shoot easy time-lapse videos and photographs in 4K on top quality 360 cameras. So if you’re out in nature during your cycling holiday, out in a meadow that stretches as far as the eye can see, why not capture the grass and the rolling clouds in cinema-grade footage. It will get everyone talking.

Now for the fair warnings! For 360 cameras to produce pristine images, they need to be used from a distance. If you stand too close, or zoom into to one particular object, it may end up getting distorted. Secondly, if you’re familiar with traditional panoramas, you’ll know all about the stitching line. To ensure that your photograph is intact with no visible breaks, use a simple tripod or stand to stabilize your camera.

These are just a few things to bear in mind as you begin experimenting with your new photography gadget. The most important tip is to take the time to learn and get used to your camera. As you become more familiar with it, you’ll start taking phenomenal photographs that will be fit for any modern art gallery.

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