Polar Panoramas: shoot and stitch 360 degree pictures

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 01/11/2012 12:00pm

    How to compose 360-degree pictures


    How to compose 360-degree pictures

    There is a knack to shooting polar panoramas. You need the right subject – and the right viewpoint. The proportions between the foreground, your subject and the sky need to be just right.

    Otherwise, the central globe will be too small, your subjects will look ridiculously distorted, or they’ll look like tiny dots on the horizon.

    At first, it might seem as if the results you get are just random, but if you follow our simple tips, you’ll find your 360-degree pictures become a lot more consistent and predictable.

    01 Top third sky
    The top third of your picture should be sky. A plain sky is best because it’ll be stretched into the corners of the finished image.

    02 Middle third subject
    Keep your subjects – buildings, people and so on – to the middle third. This will give them the right height and proportions.

    03 Bottom third foreground
    Avoid big objects where possible, but textures and patterns are fine. This will form the central ‘globe’.

    PAGE 1: How to shoot and stitch a polar panorama
    PAGE 2: How to compose 360-degree pictures
    PAGE 3: Tips for getting creative with your polar panorama


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    Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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