|360 Degrees Panoramic PhotographyA 60 sec. Interview with photographer Rubens Cardia (www.RubensCardia.com), who will be teaching Panoramic Photography and Virtual Tour at LSP next weekend:
Define 360 Degrees Panoramas and Virtual Tours.
360 degrees Panoramas are images with horizontal field of view (hFOV) of 360 degrees, showing the entire area, with or without 180 degrees of vertical field of view (vFOV). Virtual Tour is a combination of several animated views of fully spherical 360 degrees panorama (with 180 degrees of vertical FOV) to see in a computer and have a virtual reality experience.
When did you specialise in 360 Degrees Photography?
During the Beijing Olympic Games a friend of mine sent to me a 360 degrees image from the “Bird’s Nest” and I said to myself: I must to do this”. After two years of self-studying, I was a specialist.
On average, how many images are needed to create a full 360 panorama?
The number of images varies a lot, depending on what kind of lenses you use. The minimum number of images is 3 when using a fish eye lens, up to 36 photos using a 17mm in a cropped size DSRL.
Give some examples of how 360 panorama images can be used, excluding landscapes.
Panoramas are used to capture images with large field of view when our lens does not “see”. It can be used mostly in indoor photography or when we do not have much space between us and the subject.
One of the most commom uses of Panoramas and virtual tour is in real estate photography; but I have applied this technique when photographing car interiors, weddings; hotels, resorts and museums.
What is the essential equipment kit to create 360 Panorama images?
The essential equipment is: a good and stable tripod, a bubble level, a remote control cable and the most important: a panoramic tripod head.
There are few places still available for the 360 Panoramic Photography and Virtual Tour workshop with Rubens Cardia next weekend, 18-19 February at LSP.