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Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone

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Video: Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone

When you're facing a big broad vista like this, it's getting here to the end and it's, it's, it's To get to that I go up here to this photo button.

Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone

When you're facing a big broad vista like this, it's hard to know where to start to try and capture it. Obviously it's nice to try to find a representative sample that makes a good concise composition, but sometimes in a spot that's so pretty you can't do that. And so you aim to get it all. Fortunately, as digital photographers we have a lot of tools for doing that. The ability to shoot a panorama and stitch it together into a very wide frame is fantastic. If you have an iPhone, you've got another option, which is to shoot an entire 360-degree panorama.

Now you can do this with a regular camera. But it requires usually a special tripod head, and a lot of post production work. With an app on the iPhone called 360, you can very easily shoot full 360 degree panoramas, and that's what we're going to look at this week on the Practicing Photographer. I'm Ben Long, and I'm holding a very odd contraption. If you have seen my iPhone course, you've seen this contraption already. This is simply a way that I can show you what I'm doing on the iPhone screen. I've just got a video camera pointed at the iPhone.

The iPhone's camera is pointed out. So, you're going to be able to see the screen and my finger. Unfortunately, you're also going to see a lot of glare on the screen. But I think you're going to be able to get the idea of what's going on. So, I have here the 360 app. I'm just going to launch it, and it immediately drops me into this shooting mode. So it's showing me a view, out the camera, but it's also using the iPhone's tilt and, and bearing sensitivity to figure out where this view fits inside of a giant virtual sphere, that's what this grid is.

So now my job is to point the camera enough ways to completely paint the inside of that sphere with imagery. It's going to take care of doing all the stitching and exposure equalization and that kind of thing. It's really pretty simple, but it takes a while. So I'm going to start it up and just work my way through this and you're going to see as I go how I start by taking a picture and then I just start tilting until on this particular slice I feel like I've captured a good amount of horizontal, I'm sorry, of vertical imagery.

Now that I've got this slice, I'm going to pan over here to the left, let it fill that in and start tilting up and down to grab this. So, I'm just shooting a whole bunch of vertical slices in a circle. I'm not doing anything to compensate for exposure as I move around. I'm trusting the software to all that on its own. It's a little bit of a problem, possibly. Because I'm going to be pointed into the sun. I don't know how that's going to work out. What I'm aiming for, when this is done, is a little VR world that I can pan about.

But something that is very cool about this application, is I can do other things with the results. I can actually output still images in a number of different ways, as you're going to see. So right now I just have to finish painting my way around this circle. I'm getting here to the end and it's, it's, it's actually kind of like a video game of some kind. It's fun just trying to blot out these last little bits. Now it just made a sound indicating that I should have a full wrap so I'm going to hit the done button.

It's going to do some calculation, do some enhancing and then it throws the result into its own internal little camera roll thing which I can get to down here. So here you can see the last few that I've shot. This is the one I just did. When I tap on it I'm immediately into this VR mode, where I can pan around the scene. So this is pretty cool. It's a nice way of giving this to someone else and letting them experience the environment. But I'm a photographer I want print. I want an image on paper. To get to that I go up here to this photo button.

And I've got a number of different options. If I go to stereographic, I get a cool little tiny worlds effect. You've might have seen another Practicing Photographer where I show how to do these the hard way by actually shooting with an SLR. So I got a few different options here. I need to save both of them. Nothing has been saved to my camera roll so if there's anything I like here, I need to go to the share menu, hit camera roll. I can also go out to email, I've also got lots of different social options for posting this stuff in ways that people can really get in and, and do the whole navigation things.

So this is a very cool, very easy, and pretty fun way to capture an environment when you can't find a single shot or even just a slice of panorama that you feel really gets that environment. So, I encourage you to stick this on your phone, give it a try. It's a very very different way of visualizing the world.

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The Practicing Photographer

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  1. 3m 15s
    1. Shooting with a shape in mind
      3m 15s
  2. 7m 34s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
    2. Canon wireless flash with built in radio control
      5m 59s
  3. 7h 0m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 55s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s
    65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s
    66. Using your iPad as a second monitor
      5m 46s
    67. Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera
      3m 28s
    68. Photography practice through mimicry
      8m 8s
    69. Posing and shooting pairs of people
      5m 35s

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