My new favorite addition to the world of Facebook is the ability to shoot and post 360 photos or videos. It takes the panorama photo game to a whole new level! One of the goals for companies, organizations, and congregations is to share “their story” with an audience via social media. Now, news and blog posts can be part of that, but just imagine being able to see a congregation exactly the way a pastor sees them from the pulpit, maybe you want to give a virtual tour of your office or facilities, 360 photo/video offers the ability to create those unique perspectives with your handy dandy smartphone!
Even taking a 360 photo of your Bible study crew instead of making everyone cram in for a smooshed picture. Or sharing a 360 picture from a conference, concert, or sporting event! Such a great way to help others feel like they are with you and inspire them to join up next time.
What is it?
Panorama shots have been around for a long time. Taking several photos of a large area and then stitching those photos together gives a unique perspective especially if you don’t have a couple hundred dollars to drop on a wide angle lens (although Olloclips are cool).
360 photos, simply put, are a bunch of pictures stitched together to form a 360-degree panorama of your surroundings. It really is no different than shooting a panorama on your phone or camera, except with a 360 photo you shoot your entire surrounding.
How to Do It
There are special rigs out there that can shoot your photos or video with the click of a button. They basically look like a mad disco-ball of cameras. if you have the budget and you plan on doing a bunch of these types of shots absolutely go for it, just be willing to shell out some big money.
For the rest of us commoners, there’s that digital multi-tool called a smartphone in your pocket. iPhone, Android, Windows (or if you’re one of the Raspberry Pi
weirdos mavericks), there is some type of offering for you to use. Simply open your app of choice and connect the dots. I’m not kidding connect the dots.
The 2 apps that I got to play around with, Samsung Surround shot and Google Streetview, make it super simple to take a 360 pic.
This one uses the Galaxy K Zoom camera but the operation is the same for those Samsung Galaxy people.
This one is a little different (and time-consuming) as it shows how to use Google’s Photosphere app (included in the standalone Streetview app), which is from what I can find the best way to take 360 photos if you’re operating on Apple’s iOS. The operation is basically the same as the Samsung surround shot but with Google’s own twist.
There’s An App For That
Facebook’s support page has a ton of great info for anyone looking to get into 360 photos. I suggest that as the next step in your 360 education.
Google Streetview is probably your best all around bet for a 360 picture app. It’s available in the GooglePlay store as well as the App Store. You know, “everything for everybody.”
Samsung surround- This is the app I use the most. It comes as an available add-on for most Samsung devices.
Mike is a millennial that lives in a magical place called Orlando. After spending his early 20’s traveling the US and playing with race cars for a living he moved back to Florida to be closer to his core group of friends and family. He got involved with youth ministry at his local church and a new passion for youth ministry and outreach was realized. He now spends his time using what he learned as an IT major to bring churches and communities closer with the use of technology. Mike is a car geek, foodie, and Netflix addict.