About 360 Photos & Videos
With VR set to expand actively soon, it's a good time to explore 360 degree photo and video. After all, Facebook and YouTube now supports 360 view.
Now to capture 360 photos or videos, you will need a 360 Camera for sure. Currently, there seem to be two types of range - the consumer version where quality less desirable and Pro version where there is high quality but expensive. The Prosumer range where a good amount quality is at least obtain currently is lacking. Don't get me wrong, the consumer range is still usable and frankly quite fun to play around with. But the price is still not entirely affordable to a certain extent in our country.
Nevertheless, for those who don't have a 360 Camera, I'm going to share with you two mobile apps that can help create an almost 360 photo.
The first one is Google Camera app.
What you need to do is select Photo Sphere and proceed to capture all 360 angle. Just keep the dot inside the circle and start capturing it.
The second is for Samsung phone owners only. Personally, I find it way better in the 360 photo output quality. Furthermore, the way it guides the users to capture the shot is so much better.
Launch the default Samsung Camera app and look for 'Surround Shot' mode. If it's not there, proceed to download it from the Samsung App Store.
On the post processing part, the editing remains a bit of challenge. Unless, there's a software or an app that can edit it in 360 view so that one can see the quality, you have to make do with what you have. It's still possible to edit it but that will be another day to write about it.
The other challenge is the quality of the output when uploading it to the platform that supports it. Apart from the quality issue, there's also a difference on how some platforms display a 360 photo and video. But we'll talk about in next future blog post after some experimentation.
For now, with the two mobile apps, I hope you may enjoy creating 360 photos.