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Shooting 360 videos: Ditch all you learned with cameras

AS cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, curious users will face a new challenge: Figuring out how to take meaningful and compelling shots in what’s effectively a new medium.

NEW CHALLENGES. Demo of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge mobile phone and Gear 360 portable 360 degree camera, featuring two 192-degree lenses. As cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, the challenge will be making shots meaningful and compelling. (AP PHOTO)
NEW CHALLENGES. Demo of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge mobile phone and Gear 360 portable 360 degree camera, featuring two 192-degree lenses. As cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, the challenge will be making shots meaningful and compelling. (AP PHOTO)

With 360, it’s tough to stay out of the shot, as there’s no hiding behind the lens. And old video habits — like following subjects as they move — will die hard. Whoever holds the camera no longer controls the field of vision. With 360, viewers do that in virtual-reality headsets, phones or computers.

DISTINCT MEDIUM. Ricoh Imaging’s 360-degree Theta S camera. As this is a new, distinct medium, shooting in 360 requires scrapping all the traditional techniques. (Ricoh Imaging via AP)
DISTINCT MEDIUM. Ricoh Imaging’s 360-degree Theta S camera. As this is a new, distinct medium, shooting in 360 requires scrapping all the traditional techniques. (Ricoh Imaging via AP)

Some phone apps can create 360-degree photos by stitching together images, similar to a panoramic shot, but a 360-degree camera is required for video. Ricoh’s 360-degree Theta S camera sells for $350 and LG’s 360 Cam costs $200. Samsung is also coming out with one this year.

Diving into 360 video means ditching traditional techniques that work well with smartphones and other cameras; doing otherwise means lots of dull 360 photos and videos. This is a new way of capturing the physical world, and it’s as distinct from normal photography as television was from radio. It takes trial and error to create immersive clips that will make viewers feel as though they are there. (AP)

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