What are you looking at?

Advancement in camera technology and use lead the way for more complex pictures, and a new skill requirement emerged with the arrival of 360 images. By understanding the fundamental idea of how 360 images are captured a new range of opportunities become available of how to use the hardware you already own. This lesson goes deeper in on the subject in it’s topics covering sight, sound, and motion. The three core principles that make up the basis of a virtual experience.

The popularity of panoramic, aerial, and astro photography extended to using the landscape and topographic images to create continuous scenes. Multiple captures from the same location (with slight shifts in camera angles) were matched against each other to compose a single, more detailed image. The process of threading the pixels together to become a seamless image became a separate skill entirely: stitching.

Google Street View images are excellent examples of spherical panorama images. In the past, the term 360 video referred solely to the horizontal information of a panorama, but now it has come to incorporate the full spherical panorama, as well (if the name was more accurate it would note the vertical 180, as well).

While Google’s Street View might have the most practical daily applications, gaming, robotics, and film animations also utilize 360 video. Increasingly, the reliance of drones in combination with 360 cameras have allowed for stunning captures at previously unseen panoramas.

Panoramic images also are helpful in terms of instructing 3D animation artists in how to match the lighting and cast reflections on a digital subject, so they blend smoothly when added to a scene that has been captured photographically.