I just wrapped up two days in the desert shooting panoramic and time-lapse shots (much more to come).  It was a part of two projects (some new training for Lynda.com which will be out soon and my NAB workshop).

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While in the field I had a chance to try out some new phone apps. One of the one’s I put through the paces is 360 Panorama by  Occipital.  The app is available for both iOS and Android for only 99¢.  It behaves in a way similar to Microsoft’s Photosynth, but works very fast with excellent automatic clean-up and blending.

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Once you press the start button you just slowly pan and tilt.  I found that keeping my arm at the same length worked best to generate a very usable panoramic photo. A few tips that I followed.

  • Make a tight a circle as you rotate.  I kept my elbow tucked in
  • Make a single smooth pass.  Yes it looks like you’re doing a weird dance.
  • Choose good light over low light.  Phones are only so good (though I shot and am sharing some sunset images so you can see the results).
  • In low light: move a little, then pause; move, pause…

When the image is shot, you  can view it as either a 360˚ or Stereographic view.  You can also share it via Facebook and Twitter or embed the player on other sites.  The file can also be output as a flattened image to your camera roll or emailed.


Here’s the flat version


Here’s  the interactive version — http://360.io/wAKUM6

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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. I’ve been spinning in my lounge viewing the interactive on my iPhone. Went and bought the app £0.69 in the UK. Light is going here now, but might give it a try. Thanks Rich.

  2. […] A Cool Phone App for Panoramic Photos (Even 360˚ Shots) […]

  3. Didn’t know about this course before and this is what i need for my work :)
    purchasing now…

  4. […] A Cool Phone App for Panoramic Photos (Even 360˚ Shots) […]


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


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