Photography

How to Set Up and Shoot a 360-Degree Photo

If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to take photos, shooting in 360-format should do the trick.

And though it sounds like something that should be incredibly complicated, if you have the right tools, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think.

In the video above, the folks at Syrp give a step-by-step tutorial on creating breathtaking 360-degree photos.

For a written tutorial, check out the article below!

Step 1: Find a Great Shoot Location

Just like with any other photo, you need a good location to take it.

But the location matters even more in this case since the final image will show everything .

As you can see in the video, the guys find a spot on top of a mountain that offers a virtually 360-degree view of the surroundings.

Step 2: The Gear

Gear-wise, you don’t need anything spectacular.

The usual bits – camera, lens, and tripod – are things you most likely already have.

The kind of lens that’s ideal, though, is an ultra-wide. In the video, the Syrp guys use an 8-15mm lens opened up to 8 mm.

The thing you might not yet have is a Syrp Genie Mini, shown above.

The Genie Mini is a motion control device that enables you to take the 360-degree photo.

It attaches to your tripod, and your camera attaches to the Genie Mini in turn.

Using the companion app, you can direct the Genie Mini to turn 360-degrees to take the needed images for the final 360-degree shot (more on that in a bit).

But the Genie Mini is much more than a fancy way to turn your camera around for a 360-degree photo.

You can use it and its companion smartphone app to create time-lapse videos and real-time videos, as well as panoramic photos.

Its smooth panning motion helps you create professional-looking results with options to ramp the movement of your time-lapses for ease-in and ease-out effects, shoot in HDR, and with a second Genie Mini, you can get both pan and tilt control for even more dramatic movements in your videos.

And if you aren’t much of a videographer, don’t worry! The Genie Mini app is loaded with factory presets for time-lapse videos, so you can create a gorgeous time-lapse with just a few presses on your phone’s screen.

In other words, there’s really no easier way to create time-lapse videos, real-time videos, and 360-degree photos than with a Syrp Genie Mini!

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