How to take 360 degree photo spheres with an iPhone


If you want to be able to take 360-degree photo spheres like mine, please follow the 5 easy steps below.

Equipment and software required:

Camera: iPhone 6S (you might be able to use any smartphone/tablet with IOS or Android OS)

Software: Google Street View

Step 1

Download Google Street View from Apple’s App Store and Open it.

Download Google Street View from Apple’s App Store

Step 2

Press the camera icon in the lower right-hand corner, then Camera again.

Press the camera icon in the lower right-hand corner

Click Camera again.

Step 3

Hold the phone vertically and target the orange dot, rotating in a circle until I cover the full sphere.

Hold the phone vertically and target the orange dot, rotating in a circle until I cover the full sphere.

Step 4

When complete, the orange check mark will become green and the app will start stitching the set of images into a 360 photo sphere, which will look like this in the camera roll (see image below).

360 photo sphere

Step 5

Publish them to Google Street View, Facebook (see below images) or a blog post like this one if I choose to.

Select 360 Photo

Select Starting View

Tips:

Ideally, I choose a location where the floor and the ceiling is uniform like grass and sky.

I take my time when targeting the orange dot, especially if is not enough light in the room, otherwise, some images will come out blurry and stitching will not work properly.

I look for a large room with high ceilings and lots of light or an open area like a square or park where I can stand in the middle.

I avoid standing too close to a building, or straight lines in general because the stitching doesn’t work very well. I am happy with at least 5 m/16 ft clear and uniform space around me.

You will also need a google/facebook account.


Feel free to check out some of my 360 degree photo spheres below:

Mayfield Lavender Farm



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