20 Hints & Tips for Shooting in 360°
With the touch of a button (more or less) you can now share the entire world around you. Not just what's in front of the camera, but what's behind, above and to a lesser extent even below it. Unlike anything that’s ever been available before giving you a full 360° perspective. What makes this even better is the ability to use a VR headset. This brings your shots to life, truly immersing yourself as if you're actually stood there while the pictures were taken. After some trial and error myself I thought I would jot down a few hints and tips to help you along the way
360 Photography for Beginners
360-degree cameras are still uncommon, and for most people shooting with it will be unfamiliar territory. Moreover, you can forget the techniques of traditional photography, such as the rule of thirds. With 360 pics and VR, you truly feel like you’re somewhere, not just experiencing it through someone else’s eyes. It’s not exactly like being there, but it’s tremendously closer than anything I’ve ever been able to capture or share before and it's this experience that really excites me.
360 Photography Mobile Workflow
The workflow for 360 photos is not as complicated as it initially seems. Here are the simple & more advanced steps I use:
360 Players (Updated)
If you’re looking for a free 360 player for your PC, Mac or Mobile then you needn’t look any further. I think these are the best currently out there, go check out these:
360 Sharing & Virtual Tour Sites (Updated)
Want to know how to create virtual tours or share and upload your 360 images & videos? Here's one page with over 100 platforms, sites, apps (free unless otherwise stated) plus reviews. I started this list back in August 2017 and will keep updating it as I come across new sites, so keep your eye on it.
360° Editing Software & Apps (Updated)
Are you looking for 360 editing software to use on your, mobile, PC or Mac? These are the best apps that are available for editing your 360° photos and videos while at home or on the fly.
360º Cameras (The Best & Worst)
One page keeping you up to date with all the latest, best and worst 360º cameras money can buy. There are now a whole host of 360 degree cameras that won’t damage your wallet to much should you want to buy one as a beginner or if you can afford the extra splurge, you can shoot in even higher quality with some amazing pro cameras.
360º Photography Accessories
Constantly updating page with all the best 360º Photography accessories that will fit any 360 camera or useful for shooting in 360º.
Backup Your Photos for Free
We're all well acquainted with the pain of exhausting our phone/PC/laptop/tablet storage with legions of photos. Well did you know you can easily backup all those precious photos and videos for free?...
Best Affordable Monopod for 360 Photography
The Manbily A-222 is a great affordable monopod that can be used with any camera not just 360.
Connect the Gear 360 To Google Street View
A step by step guide on how to connect the Gear 360 To Google Street View
Create a Living 360 Photo With Panomoments
All you have to do is simply upload a short 360 video clip and their software converts it into a living photo, panomoment #360editing #360photo
Fix the Annoying Samsung Gear360 Black Dot of Doom!
Ever since the Windows 10 creators update people have been experiencing a problem when they've come to stitching their gear 360 videos in Action Director. The annoying black dot of doom!
HDR for Ricoh Theta
HDR Photo app for Ricoh Theta cameras allows you to capture multiple images with different exposures.
How to Animate 360 Photos with Power Director
You can now easily animate your 360 photos using Power Director 16. I've put together this quick tutorial to show you, hopefully you'll find this helpful #PowerDirector #Tutorial
How to Animate Your Pictures On Android
Finally there's an Android app that lets you ‘animate’ your still photos easily
How to Animate Your Pictures On IOS
How to Animate Your Pictures On IOS
How to Calibrate MiSphere Converter
How to Calibrate Yoichi Hirota's MiSphere Converter. You can achieve optical flow stitching on the Xiaomi Mi Sphere by using this amazing app.
How to Calibrate Your Xiaomi Mi Sphere?
Before shooting any video or images you need to make sure the camera is calibrated so it knows which way is up. Once calibration is done you will be able to move the camera at any angle including upside down and the camera will know to level the horizon so your images will always came out the correct way up.
How to Change the Photo Description in Google Maps on Desktop or Mobile
The first and easiest way is to remember before uploading your photo to google, but that's easier said than done after all we all forget at some point. Don't fret though, because even though Google never make it obvious you can indeed add it in later.
How to Connect your Ricoh Theta V Wirelessly with Playstation VR or Oculus Go
You can now view your Ricoh Theta V 360 photos and videos wirelessly in VR using a Playstation VR or Oculus Go. The new VR viewing capability was made possible with a new Theta V plugin called VR Media Connection. This will definitely come in handy for sharing your photos and videos quickly, but also useful for virtual tours. You can get the plugin here.
How To Cover The Tripod Nadir With Your Own 360º Logo For Free in 2 Minutes
A simple video showing you how to customise the base logo of your 360 shots. You will need to use a photo editor like photoshop to achieve this but it's actually quite simple to do.
How to Create a Free Virtual Tour with Google Street View
I thought I'd make a step by step video tutorial to help show how to create a virtual tour using the Street View app #tutorial #GoogleStreetview #virtualtour
How To Create The Lensball Effect With A 360 Camera
How to create a lensball or glass ball effect with your 360 camera. The lensball or glass ball photography is a popular type of photography, especially on instagram, where you take a photo looking through a crystal ball (like this). If you have a 360 camera, you can simulate the lensball effect, here's a tutorial:
How To Create The Mouth Shot
A quick tutorial to explain how to how to take a mouthie #mouthshot #tutorial #360technique
How to Download the Stitched Video File from the Xiaomi Mi Sphere
It can be tricky especially at first to work out how to download and stitch a video to your phone or PC. Hopefully this step by step guide will be of some help #Xiaomimisphere #tutorial
How to Edit 360 Photos and Fix the Nadir with Affinity Photo
A quick tutorial to show how easy it is to remove yourself or a tripod using the Affinity Photo inpainting tool #Affinity #Tutorial #360photo
How to Edit Your 360 Photos and Fix the Nadir with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
A quick tutorial to show how easy it is to edit and remove yourself or a tripod using Adobe Photoshop #AdobePhotoshop #Tutorial #2018
How to Fix a Broken Xiaomi Mi Sphere Selfie Stick
Arrgh, yep the unthinkable happened and all i did was pull the thing open with no excessive force! Rather than just throwing it away i thought i'd try and repair it. #Xiaomimisphere #360accessories
How To Fix Lens Differences
Sometimes if you don't get the angle of a 360 camera right, you'll have huge differences of light hitting the lenses leaving you with an obvious stitch line. Thankfully you can sometimes recover and fix the problem. I've put together this tutorial to show you the easiest way to do it using Affinity Photo.
How to Fix the Annoying Black Hole of Doom on the Xiaomi Mi Sphere
If you are using some models of Samsung or Huawei mobiles, with latest MiSphere Camera or MADVenture360 app, you may encounter a ‘black hole’ issue where it seems only one lens is working. DON'T fret, it's not your camera, its a known software bug that thankfully should easily be fixed.
How to Get on the Google Trusted Photographer For Hire List
Have you been wondering how to become a Google street view photographer or how you get your name on the street view for hire list. The process is FREE and straightforward, I thought I would share it with you.
How to Get the Raw & Unstitched Fisheye Photos to Your Phone Over WiFi on the Xiaomi Mi Sphere
One thing with the Xiaomi Mi Sphere photos the app does have a few stitching flaws. This can be rectified with the amazing optical flow stitching app from Yoichi Horota (more on that here), however the one thing that is annoying, you had to retrieve the unstitched double fisheye files and this meant either plugging the camera into a computer or removing the memory card and using a card reader and otg cable. Well, not any more. Now we can easily do this with just a few taps on your phone. #Xiaomimisphere #360workflow
How to Get Your Embedded Youtube Videos To Autoplay on Your Website
Since the latest Youtube update the embed code for autoplay doesn't work, it does appear in the iframe code but allow="autoplay; doesn't work. The only way I found to make it work is by doing the following....
How to Join the Google Street View Camera Loan Program
Interested in 360 cameras? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Interested in testing a 360 camera and discovering how you can create your own Street View 360 images? Do you want to join the Google Street View loan program? Then read on...
How To Make Your Tiny Planets Pop
How To Make Your Tiny Planets Pop? I don't like to just snap, upload and make do. If your like me you'll want to improve every image to its best possible output by doing a little post processing to help make the image stand out and go from a simple 4 or 5 out of 10 to at least an 8 or more. I've created this quick tutorial explaining my process for making my tiny planets stand out from the crowd.
How To Re Inject 360 Metadata
When metadata has been stripped or never existed in the first place, software may not be able to tell that your photo or video is 360. To inject metadata, you'll need to edit the XMP tags in the Exif data.....
How to Realign and Straighten Your 360 Photos on Mobile
You’ve been out shooting and think you’ve taken that amazing shot, but later realise the horizon is all skew whiff or the key focal point is off. Don't worry because it can easily be fixed. Here's how to Realign and Straighten Your 360 Photos.
How to Remove the Tripod on Phone or Desktop
You can easily remove your tripod and fix the nadir of your 360 photos whether your on your mobile or desktop. Just click on the link below to find out how. #360editing #360photo #360tutorial
How to Remove the Tripod Using Your Mobile
A quick tutorial to show you how easy it is to remove your tripod or yourself from the nadir of your 360 pictures using your mobile phone.
How to Remove Your Tripod from 360 Pictures For Free on Desktop
Removing your tripod is actually easier than you think. All you need is a photo editing program like photoshop and follow the simple step by step instructions below.
How to replace the Samsung Gear 360’s Lens
I did the unthinkable and dropped my 360 camera and it resulted with a tiny, but nonetheless very noticeable, chip near dead centre of the lens. Turns out to be a nice simple fix that anyone can do. I hope you guys won't need to do this, but if you find yourself in the same position as me then you now know what to do
How to Run Android Apps on PC or Mac
Many of us taking 360 photos like to use programs like Affinity Photo or Photoshop to touch up and colour correct. This is always a bit tedious as you have to do the stitching with the cameras mobile app and then transfer to your desktop. Thankfully you can now enjoy the huge array of apps Android has on your Mac or PC, even if you don't own an Android smartphone or tablet with an emulator.
How to Send 360 Photos with WhatsApp
The trouble with sharing an image the normal way in Whatsapp it compresses the file so it loses all the quality and looks terrible to the recipient. Thankfully there is a way around this, yes you can send 360 photos on WhatsApp....
How to Shoot Bullet Time with the Xiaomi Mi Sphere
I do love this little camera and you can do so many things with it, I thought I must try out the bullet time feature and there was no better place than on a near empty Maya Bay Beach while I was on Phi Phi Island.
How To Stitch 360 Photos With Samsung’s Desktop Action Director
Samsung Gear 360 will take 2 photos and store it on the SD card. To view these photos in 360 you have to firstly stitch them. To do this you can use either the phone app or if you rather alot, it's easier to bulk stitch using Action Director.You can use the same software to stitch both photos and videos. Follow these simple steps:
How to stitch MadV360 or Xiaomi Mi Sphere with Mac
MADV360 Picture Stitching Tool For Mac is for use with either the Xiaomi Mi Sphere or Madventure 360 cameras. There is no official desktop software for the Mac yet, which has frustrated many. This is a long awaited wish come true for Mac users...
Powerdirector 16 Stabilization Comparison
I thought for this comparison I'd use some footage I shot from an older camera without any built in stabilization. The 2016 Samsung Gear360...
Ricoh Thata App Tutorial
Are you wondering what all the different settings do in the app, I've put together a simple guide to explain what does what and why. Hopefully this will help answer a few questions you may have.
Ricoh Theta S Hands on Review
A Hands on Review of the Ricoh Theta S. I’ve been using the Theta S for for almost 2 months now so I thought I'd write a review of my experience with it.
Samsung Gear 360 (2016) Hands On Review
Samsung Gear 360 (2016) Hands On Review I’ve had my Samsung Gear 360 since March 2016, so I felt it's about time I shared some tips & tricks.
Samsung Gear 360 2016 Waterproof Housing Hands on Review
A Hands on Review of Samsung Gear 360 2016 Waterproof Housing. This housing proved difficult to get hold of, was it worth it?
Sell Your 360 Photos
It's now easy to sell your 360 photos in over 200 countries/regions and in any of 25 currencies with My 360 Shop and start earning cash from your amazing content. It's super easy to set up and while it's in beta phase its completely free. #sell360 #360photo #tutorial
Share to All Platforms with One Post
With so many websites and apps in the world, you've probably experienced difficulty in managing them all. Luckily, there's a single web tool available that acts as an ultimate automation service for all your internet-connected things and it's called IFTTT, and it's super easy to use.
Stitch Samsung Gear 360 Photos Online for Free
You can now stitch Samsung Gear 360 photos online for free.
Stitching & Uploading 360 Photos
Many of the popular 360 cameras available on the market don't have in camera stitching, Gear360 & Xiaomi Mi Sphere for example. Before you start shooting and sharing 360 panoramas, here’s one important thing you need to know about the stitching process to avoid problems displaying your photos.
Upload to Instagram from Your PC
Many Instagrammers shoot photos and like to edit them on their computer before uploading to Instagram. That means having to transfer the finished photo to a phone, which is cumbersome, at best. This will help you cut that step out making computer edited uploads easier than ever. #Instagram #tutorial
Use the Gear 360 App With Non Galaxy Devices
XDA Developers have come up with an app that now lets non Galaxy users to be able to control the Gear 360.....
What’s the Best 360 Camera for Google Street View Photography?
Thankfully it has now become easier than ever to add your own images to Google Street View and believe it or not you can get started for less than £100.
What’s the Difference Between 360 & VR
There seems to be some confusion about what virtual reality is and how it differs from other 360 degree camera technology, so heres a quick explanation to differentiate between the two.
Where to Buy, Sell & trade your 360 Cameras or Accessories
Of course you can use the likes of eBay or Amazon, but they usually have fees for selling. You can now also easily buy, sell or trade your 360 cameras on facebook and the best thing there are no fees and you can post for free.
Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere in Depth Hands On Review
I’ve had the Mi Sphere since mid December 2017, so I thought I would write an in depth hands on review of my experience and include some tips I've picked up
Xiaomi Mobile Workflow Comparison
Below is the same shot taken in both Jpg & Raw formats with the #Xiaomi Mi Sphere, then I've used different mobile post editing workflows to compare the difference to see which turns out to be the best #photoediting
Xiaomi Selfie Stick Hands On Review
A hands on review the Xiaomi Selfie Stick and some tips & tricks. As selfie sticks go I have to say this one is pretty sleek.
360 For Beginners
360 Editing Tutorials
I hope you found these helpful, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask either on here or my facebook page. If I haven’t covered what your looking for yet then you should check out Ben Claremont from Life in 360 or Mic Ty from 360 Rumors if your not already following them then you should be.