We make 360 panoramic photography on our own. Andrew even teach a class in it. We rarely get a chance to do it professionally and we don’t normally advertise it. Working with Red Nightfall Productions character talent in full costume was a special treat. We headed to Mckinney Falls to make some fun 360 panorama photography.
360 Panoramic Photography
Today, there are a ton of devices the create 360 still photos and even video. They include every day smart phones. The catch with these simple devices is that they often have alignment errors and other obvious visual defects. The sensors in dedicated 360 cameras are no very good yet. They don’t integrate with off camera flash units.
We employ traditional SLR cameras with extremely good dynamic range and image quality in general. When paired with the supremely good lenses available and a panoramic head, we can produce seamless 360 panoramic photography in many conditions.
These are displayed using the Pannellum open source and web based 360 viewer. If you shoot panoramas, or aren’t sure how you could utilize them on your web site, Pannellum is a good place to start.
Bare 360 Panoramic Photography
The images above are being displayed by a VR viewer. The underlying photos look a little different. They are projected in a way the viewer can use. These images capture a full 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically. They cover the entire sphere of the viewer. With a proper viewer (as above) you can pan around them as if you were standing where the camera was.
Cast Head Shots
While everyone was there and in costume we made some character head shots. We captured each character in a simple individual or ensemble portrait. The cast posed in “action” poses as well.
We made a group portrait of the entire cast on the falls.