Jul 13

360 Degree Panoramas: A first attempt

I have just picked up the Hahnal Triad 30 Tripod, and one of the reasons I bought it is it comes with a marked track for taking panoramic shots. The degrees are marked out and you can easily move the tripod through them and take a full 360 degree series of images.

Its something I've been interested in for a short while, ever since I built a proof of concept iPad Web App which did a 360 product view a while ago. The opportunity to reuse the JavaScript to make an interactive vista was compelling.

This is my very first attempt and it highlights several issues.

  • Shooting indoors in a circle really shows off the very different lighting conditions. To do a more balanced indoor shot I would have to use a temperature balanced flash.
  • Whilst there is a 3 way spirit level on the tripod there is nothing on the ball head, and so, as can be seen in the example below, there is a slight leaning to one side. I will need to pick up a small spirit level to balance the camera out.
  • I should have used my most wide angle lens, the 17-40mm rather than shooting with what was on the camera, the 25mm.
  • A 360 vista of my untidy lounge is never going to be very exciting.

It is a lot of fun, and my weekend project will be to do this again and somewhere outdoors and far more interesting, the River or the Park.

About the Author:
A passionate photographer who is unable to settle on a particular type of photography. Primarily shoots with a Canon 5D MKIII, a 1D MKIII and occasionally with a GoPro Hero4 Black.


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