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Panorama 360 Photography by Andy Newman.

360 VR Cylindrical Panorama photograph

Cylindrical panoramas capture the whole field of view in all directions around the photographer. These are usually called cylindrical panoramas. They cover 360-degrees around but not up and down view. Like my normal partial panoramas, they are created by stitching multiple photos overlapping pictures together. View my final picture on the left linked to 360cities. I recommend using the toggle button for full screen.

360 VR Spherical Panorama photograph.

Spherical panoramas which not only capture the 360-degree field of view but in which you can also look up and down. They can even be taken and edited in clever stitching software which for example can help remove my feet, dog, tripod, and our shadows in my final pictures. View my final picture on the left linked to 360cities. I recommend using the toggle button for full screen.

Panorama Photography.

 Surprisingly it was my iPhone that really started my interest in panoramic photography, after taking a few landscapes in the forest I would pan around with my iPhone and eventually wanted better quality from my SLR camera. I started with the easy normal partial panoramas first. Then I tried Cylindrical 360 VR photos which is the next step up, which you can view all the way around. Then feeling confident I progressed to the Spherical photos which can be viewed all the way around and up and down. I sometimes edit my final panoramic images to HDR before converting to a VR 360 image. You need some preparation and plenty of patience with panoramic photography but its worth it, especially when you see your beautiful pictures for the first time before showing and impressing your family and friends. 

Fotomate Panoramic head.

My first purchased for my SLR was a "Fotomate” Panoramic 360 degrees tripod head support. I used it for nearly a year it can hold any camera even with a battery grip. When I first started I could not get out of the habit of looking through the viewfinder, so going round in circles and tripping over my tripod was not a good start. So I then used the clicking head and scales to compose my pictures with overlap and a remote trigger to reduce camera shake. The Fotomate Panoramic head is a nice kit, it never let me down but it's very heavy and takes up a lot of space in my camera bag.

Bushman Gobi Panoramic head.

With my arthritis getting worse and my camera gear getting heavier I had to replace some equipment, so I bought a Bushman Gobi Panoramic head, Its expensive but very small and light. So small I can leave it with L brackets attached ready in my camera bag. Although the standard bracket is only big enough to hold my Nikon D5500 without its battery grip attached. I used a rake and a lamp post to align and find the nodal point of my two lenses, making notes on my phone for each focal length. For best results, I fix and view my camera on portrait.

Syrp Genei Mini.

Also to go with the bracket I purchased a Syrp Genei Mini which I cannot stop pronouncing as "Syrup" which is a motorised motion device which is controlled by a brilliant app on your iPhone or tablet. It connects to you camera by a cable which I bought two one for my Nikon SLR and the other my Cannon GLX Compact. The Syrp has settings and presets for, timelapse, video and panorama images. So far I have only tried it on a panorama but after watching reviews on YouTube I would like to try out some of the other features in the future.

It is worth buying the right equipment and software for stitching large files accurately, making it much easier for editing the files together later. I would recommend buying a software rather than one of the free stitching software's because some of my earlier pictures only work on my paid version " PanoramaStudio 3 Pro". 16/11/2016 Andy Newman Images