360Cities es la mayor comunidad de vistas panorámicas en 360 ° compartiendo cientos de miles de lugares extraordinarios, retratados por los fotógrafos especializados de «alta definición y realidad virtual».
What are these photos on 360cities.net?
Three flavors of panoramas
- Partial panoramas that you know mainly from traditional landscape photography. They are created by stitching (assembling) of multiple normal photos together side-by-side, which creates a photo with much wider angle that would be possible with a normal lens.
360Cities does not support partial panoramas.
- Cylindrical 360º panoramas – One notch higher are 360° photos which capture the whole field of view in all directions around the photographer. These are sometimes called cylindrical panoramas. They cover 360-degrees around but not up and down view. These are too created by stitching multiple photos together. The only real difference from partial panoramas is that you need to make sure the first and the last photos overlap. There are also so called «one shot» 360-degree lenses but they are by definition very low quality compared to the traditional stitched panoramas.
- Spherical panoramas are the top of the line which not only capture the 360-degree field of view but in which you can also look up and down. They can even be taken in a way that you can’t see the tripod nor the photographer’s shadow in the picture.
360Cities supports cylindrical and spherical panoramas. See also Requirements for Panoramas Published on 360Cities.
The secret of creating 360 panoramas
PanoTools Wiki – information hub for panoramic photography
Panorama Tutorials – more links
Equipment you need
It does not really matter at all what you start with. Really. You can test it with your cell phone or an old compact camera. You just need ANY camera. As with any craft, the right tools can help you get the job done faster, easier, and better. Once you’re hooked, then you can think about getting the best tools for the job! For example, we recommend you get a digital SLR with a fisheye lens (e.g. Sigma 8mm 3.5 or Samyang 8mm F3.5). Once again. To start and to try it out, it doesn’t really matter. Just make sure you take photos that overlap and try it, go out there and take some panoramas!