Polar Panoramas: shoot and stitch 360 degree pictures

Polar Panoramas: how to shoot and stitch 360 degree pictures

Tips for getting creative with your polar panorama

 

One of the most exciting (and frustrating) thing about polar panoramas is that it’s difficult to visualise how they’re going to work out until you actually do it. But here are some ideas for viewpoints, subjects and techniques that will deliver something a little different.

Tips for getting creative with your polar panorama: cheat!

Cheat! Even a single image can make a panorama
To make the ends of the panorama line up, duplicate the image layer, flip it horizontally then double the width of the canvas and line up the ‘mirror’ layer with the first. You’ll get a mirror-image panorama, but you can disguise it with a little cloning.

 

Tips for getting creative with your polar panorama: include a person

Include a person
It’s not always easy to get the vertical proportions right – the secret is in the cropping (Step 7) – but adding a human figure can give your miniature world a focal point and a nice surreal touch.

 

Tips for getting creative with your polar panorama: get up high

Get up high
The top storey of a car park makes an ideal vantage point for this picture – the extra height stops the trees and buildings from dominating the frame and keeps their proportions manageable.

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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