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360 VR

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. 

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.

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 using 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 and never let me down but it's very heavy and takes up a lot of space in my camera bag.

Bushman Gobi Panoramic head.

 I bought a Bushman Gobi Panoramic head it is 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 is a motorised motion device which is controlled by a brilliant app on you 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 time lapse, 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