How to take 360 pictures and videos

If you don’t know which part of a beautiful setting to capture, you need a camera that shoots 360-degree photos and videos – so you can get the full view.

22 Feb 2019

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Why should you shoot 360-degree videos and photos?

Ever wondered what’s going on behind you while you capture photos and videos? Imagine if you could soak up every inch of your surroundings in the shot. That’s what 360-degree videos (also known as immersive and spherical videos) do. This photography tool works by capturing two images or video files from dual lenses with a 180-degree field of view then cleverly stitches them together – so you get every single point of view.

There are loads of reasons you might want to get your hands on a 360 camera – from going on a new adventure overseas to making your very own directorial debut. But there are a few things to bear in mind when you’re capturing your all-round footage…

Think of the camera as a person

Don’t think of your camera as an actual camera when you’re shooting 360-degree video or taking snaps. This isn’t your regular point and shoot situation. Think of the camera as a living creature and remember to always put it in the middle of all the action.

Take the GOPRO Fusion 360 camera. This amazing piece of tech really lets you get the most out of your 360 cam. You can prop it up on a tripod or take it with you on your adventure. First time hang gliding? Take it with you and capture those views while you soar. And don’t worry if you’re feeling a little shaky. Image Stabilisation reduces camera shake, so your mates will think you’re a smooth operator when you show off to them on your return.

Elevate your camera

Because 360 cameras record everything in every direction, the viewer will see more of the shot than you may even realise. So, if they look down, they might be able to see what the camera’s sitting on, or worse – your fingers! (which is a massive no-no). Invest in a monopod which gives you both the freedom to move your camera around while keeping your digits well and truly out of the frame.

The GOPRO Fusion 360 camera sees it all. Attach it to a monopod and control what you’re creating. Show everyone what you and your pals are up to, whether you’re chilling at the beach or taking in the awe-inspiring sights of the Grand Canyon. You can even speed things up with time lapse. Create a silly montage of your mates getting ready for an excursion before the adventures begin.

Stitch without a glitch

Does the term ‘video stitching’ sound daunting to you? It’s okay, we felt the same way – so let’s explain. Because there are multiple lenses on a 360 camera, it’ll use different ones at different times depending on what you’re shooting. Imagine you’re walking from a bright forest to a pitch-black cave, for example. You’ll need to stitch these bits of footage together yourself to get one complete file.

Once you’ve taken your pro-like shots on the GOPRO Fusion 360, stitching them together will be a super seamless experience. Eliminate jagged lines straight from the Fusion software so you’ve got a clean stream of 5.2K video which plays back every single part of your trip exactly how it happened.

For a 360 degree camera that captures the world as you see it, check out the GOPRO Fusion 360 at Currys PC World.

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