New Photosphere page
I’ve recently become very interested in 360 degree photos. As much as I love standard photography, I’ve often felt that I just can’t capture what it was like to be in the place at the time. When I got my new phone, I decided to see what software was around and I came across Google Camera. It had a Photosphere option, so I gave that a go. It’s simple to use, it’s just a matter of moving your camera around you, and above and below, keeping a dot in the midde of a circle on screen as you spin round. You carry on doing that until you’ve covered all the areas you need to capture.
It takes a little practice and a steady hand, but Google Camera is pretty easy to get to grips with. You can then view your images in an appropriate 360 degree image viewer (or Google Camera’s own Panorama Viewer). But much better than doing that is viewing images through VR Goggles, such as the Samsung Gear Vr headset (which you plug your phone into). Then you are properly immersed in the photo you’ve just taken. I did just that, and I’ve got to say, considering you’re just viewing your photo through a phone, and not a dedicated VR headset, it’s suprisingly immersive. In my opinion, it’s a genuinely brilliant new way to experience photos you’ve taken on holiday, and you feel some way towards experiencing what it was like to be in the place where you took the photo. I’m planning to do many more of these photos, and I’ve already added my first to Galleries > Photospheres in the menu above.