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’.