How to Take 360-Degree Photos

How To Take 360 Photos

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Fully supporting the virtual reality movement, Facebook has rolled out support for 360-degree photos – and we couldn’t help but get involved at Tesco Mobile! But, we don’t want to have all the fun ourselves; we want you to join in and submit your very own 360 photos for a chance to win a state-of-the-art, 360-degree camera. For those of you who don’t know how to take 360 photos, we’re here to guide you through every step…

What is a 360 photo?

Simply put, a 360-degree photo is an immersive image that you can explore through the touch of your finger. Instead of looking at a two-dimensional image, you now have the option to discover its surroundings as if you were really there – think along the lines of Google Street View. Do it right and you’ll really stand out on your Facebook News Feed – but, how do you get started?

Do your research!

Before you try to create your own 360 masterpiece, take a quick look at what’s already out there. Just pop ‘360 photos’ into the Facebook search bar and you’ll find a host of images to peruse. This’ll give you a sense of what works well… and not so well. Simply click and drag the 360 photo to have a good look around and get inspired to create your own.

Download a 360 photo app

Now, it’s time to download a 360 photo app that Facebook recognises, such as the official Street View app on iOS or Android. It’s completely free to download and works effortlessly with Facebook to make uploading 360 photos as easy as possible. Once the app is installed, open it and it’ll guide you through the process of taking the images you need – just be sure to stay as still as you can to get the best results.

The Street View app uses orange dots to help you capture images, you just need to move your phone around until you find each dot. Each photo is automatically taken once the dot has been found and the bottom of the screen will turn green once you’re all done. If you’re not happy with a picture for some reason, you can easily use the undo icon to scrub it and take it again.

360 photos on iPhone and Samsung

If you don’t want to download a 360 photo app, then you can always use the panorama mode on your iPhone or the photo sphere mode on recent versions of Android. If you’re using the photo sphere mode, the process of taking a 360-degree photo is much like Street View in that you must locate the dots on screen and the images are taken automatically.

Another option for Android devices is Google’s Cardboard Camera, which asks you to slowly move your phone to the right in one smooth movement to capture a full circle of images. The downside here, however, is you can’t move the photo up or down, but it is compatible with any Google Cardboard VR headset.

Upload your 360 photos to Facebook

This part couldn’t be simpler – uploading your 360 photo is just like uploading a regular image. Simply click on the photo you want to upload from your camera roll and that’s you! As with other images, you can control who is able to see it and if you want to include a location.

So, there you have it! Now, there’s no reason not to get involved in our competition and be in with a chance of winning a 360-degree camera to take your 360 photos to the next level. Details on how to enter can be found on the Tesco Mobile Facebook page.