Meet the 360 photo

The photo in recent years with the help of technology has changed a lot. In this terminology, the words 3D and 360 have been added. In this article we will describe the basics of a 360 photo level (and of course video) as well as some basic principles on how to take pictures with this amazing new imagery.

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Essentially there are two ways to get one photo 360: 1) with a very wide-angle lens or a pair of lenses and 2) by taking multiple photos together and stapling them.

Lately they have appeared a number of cameras that are super wide angle lenses 180º degrees, ie angle greater than you can even see with the human eye (to most people is around 160º-170º) . Cameras such as Kodak SP360, for example, have a single super wide-angle lens at the top of the camera, which takes 360º horizontally and approximately 214º vertically. This means there is some missing information at the bottom of the image where the body of the camera is.

The way to get a true 360º x 360º image that records the entire field of view is to have two back-to-back lenses, such as Samsung Gear 360. The lenses are folded around the camera providing a mostly unobstructed view. Obviously the tripod or the person who has the camera is also in the shot.

As soon as you take photos or videos with these cameras, you can view them on a phone or computer. Obviously on a phone you can see the whole picture by moving the phone around you, since modern smartphones have built-in accelerometers and gyros to orient them.

It can be even more fun if you put the phone in a VR headset so you can use your head to look around.

Finally, there are advanced options if using twin cameras, such as Brahma Duet from Brahma360.com, which specializes in printed 3D bases, special to fit lenses and special software to synchronize your cameras and to stitch the images in real time .

The second way, which is more economical and more professional to create images 360 degree is by taking multiple images with one camera on a tripod and stapling them together with special software, such as Hugin. This, of course, is a very hard work. You should take the pictures by making a circle, turning the camera and making sure that all images overlap. It is very annoying and time-consuming, which raises the question, why do you do it this way when you can do it with a click and a camera that has a 360º lens?

For starters, the resolution of the final image will be much, much higher than you can afford a camera 360º lens and can also make and technical photos as get high dynamic range images 360 degree with naturalistic lighting 3D graphics.

The most advanced version of the above technology is to take multiple cameras and place them in a case, and staple the photos together. Stapling is done with special software, which also synchronizes cameras to take pictures at the same time. You can also use these cases to capture a VR video with very high resolution.

In conclusion:
The 360-degree photo is a fantastic top-of-the-line imaging technology and is still growing even today, even though there are already many commercial products that cover it. Because it combines both hardware and software, there are technical solutions and hardware for all balances. For amateurs of the genre you can try with just one digital camera, which we imagine you already have, and the rest of the work done by the software.
Besides, in the photo, much of the success has the theme and timing. That's why, with just a little money, one can create masterpieces.

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