All these years we have been capturing our three dimensional precious moments of our lives and reproducing them in a 2D plane, in print or in our computer. That surreal view on the beach, that crazy party with your school friends, your baby’s first step or word, that insane farewell party… we all have our moments, close to our hearts and which we wish if we could relive them again and again.
360° images and videos are quite a rage these days. Take any profession, be it architecture, interior designing, hospitality industry or medical profession, 360° images and videos have changed, infact, improved our perception of the world around. The amazing thing is that it’s no longer an alien technology for we, Indians. Indians are contributing and developing spectacular 360° content for the world.
On your Facebook, instagram, twitter news feed, you can easily come across circular arrow in a corner of an image that moves in direction corresponding to your mobile phone’s position. That’s 360° image/video.
What is amazing about 360° images and videos is that no horde of huge apparatus or device you need for that. Your mobile phone itself is capable of that and cameras half the size of an adult hand clicks for you a breath-taking image for you that can transport you back to the same time again and you feel as if you are right there.
Let’s understand the intricacies of 360-degree shots.
What is a 360° shot?
360° shot that you see as a single shot is infact number of images stitched together. When you click a shot or video, the lenses (normally placed at the back, front and the top) captures images from every angle, 360-degree around you + above and below. Then, a mobile app sews them together to form a seamless single panoramic shot. The formatting that you choose defines whether the image is transverse or spherical.
How can you click a 360° shot or video?
Android & iOS
1. Street View Camera app
It is available for free for both, Android and iOS and works good with the Facebook 360 Photos platform too. The best part about the app is the convenience to use it.
Install the app, tap the Plus icon from the front screen and choose Camera. Rest, the app will walk you through to click your perfect 360° shot. Only make sure you stay as still as possible as you move around your phone on the orange dots on the screen. When the circular border at the bottom turns green, you are done.
Voila! Your panoramic shot is ready.
If unhappy with the shot, you can click undo icon on the lower left on the screen to remove the recent image.
2. Photo Sphere mode on Android
Works just like Street view app. Locate the dots and join them. Your panoramic shot is ready.
3. Panoramic mode on iPhone
Just like Street view app, join the dots.
4. Surround Shot on Samsung device
Same procedure follows here too.
5. Cardboard Camera from Google (available only for Android for now)
The procedure is slightly different here. It asks you to slowly and smoothly rotate your phone to the right as it clicks full circle images. You can even include audio to it. Enjoy the shot in any Cardboard-compatible VR viewer.
You can use dedicated 360 cameras for your 360° images and videos too. LG 360 cam and Ricoh Theta S are the most promising cameras in the market right now and the great news is they are available in India too. (Buy your Ricoh Theta S from Amazon and LG 360 cam from AuraVR or Amazon)
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How to share 360° images and videos on social media?
Wish you were here!
Let’s learn how to share your amazing photography and videos with your friends and give them an immersive experience.
1. Facebook: Uploading the 360° photos is a cake walk. Just like any other photo you upload and post on Facebook, select the photo from your device (computer or mobile) and upload it. Give it a tagline, add some hashtags, choose the audience (Only me, friends, some specific group or public), add a location if you wish AND POST IT! There’s a small icon in the lower right corner of every 360 photo that looks like a radar, which shows the perspective’s location at that moment. Click and drag the mouse in a web browser or just move around your smartphone to enjoy the view from all angles. Facebook Guide To 360-degree content
2. Instagram: Just like any other photograph or video you share on Instagram, follow the same steps. Open your IG app, go to your library, select your pan image or video, tweak it a bit (may be add a border etc.), write a caption, add some hashtags, select your audience, add the location if desired, and SHARE. You can use IG itself to share with your tumblr, facebook, flickr or/and twitter followers.
3. Whatsapp: You can use portals like 2vr.in that allows you to create a personal account that features all your 360° content. Make your own portfolio or album and share it and flaunt it using the same platform. From here, you can even share via Whatsapp, email or facebook. Or just embed the code in your blog post or your next science assignment online.
How to make most of your Pan 360° shots?
If you think you were already dumb-struck moving your phone around when you saw these images and videos on social media. GetVR says, “TRY VIEWING THEM THROUGH YOUR VR HEADSET!” (Your smartphone should necessarily have Gryro sensor if you want to enjoy the immersive experience)
That’s what’s called immersion ! That’s what’s magic!
Image Credits: Google Images