Marc Mantha at MAMA PhotographyFound a great spot with the latest urban graffiti and street art. Return to the back alleys of Queen Street in Toronto – that’s the place.

The 360 panorama you’re going to see totaled about 25 shots and consumes significant computing power for digital stitching, HDR and editing in general.

First, some notes about how to view this.

How to view it.

The Toronto Back Alley 360 Degree Photo:

The full width of this extreme panorama won’t fit in this blog without extreme reduction in the width dimension. So click on the image below to launch a full view. If you have dial up, it could take a couple of minutes to load into your internet browser. Cable and high speed should still be fairly fast for this 1 megabyte optimized photo. Then use the scroll bar to view the whole width.

(Note: if your internet browser resizes image to fit, don’t bother with this image link).

(Click on the image below to launch and view the full 360 degree photo)

Marc Mantha at MAMA Photography

How to shoot a 360 panaroma

What Marc used:

  • Tripod
  • Remote shutter release (Or use the Self Timer Function)
  • Panning head on tripod
  • Wide angle lens

Shooting the 360 degree panaroma

How Marc set up and took the shot sequence:

  • Set in the center on two intersecting alleyways.
  • Note your starting point for the first shot.
  • Ensure that each shot overlaps content. Lots of overlap is good.
  • This 360 was about 25 shots total.
  • Use a relatively wide angle focal length. This was about 26mm.
  • Set camera to Aperture Priority shooting mode and set a mid to high f-number, this was f13.
    • This ensures everything is in focus from front to back of the scene.
  • Check that your white balance matches the lighting conditions or set to custom white balance.
  • Start shooting until your return to the same point of the last shot.
    • Although this will be processed in HDR, I took one shot of each frame and did not use Exposure Bracketing common to HDR photography. More ahead in the next section.

Processing a 360 degree panaroma

Marc’s work flow:

  • Shot in Raw format (habit). You can shoot in common JPEG format.
  • I converted my shots to JPEG.
  • Digitally stitched with PhotoShop Photomerge and save.
  • Open the stitched as file type Camera Raw.
  • In the Raw photo editor, save three JPEG exposures +2, 0, -2.
  • Open the three JPEG exposures in Photomatix Pro and apply Tone Mapping / Details Enhancer.
  • Save HDR processed file and open in PhotoShop for some final edits.
  • Sit back and say “Coool!”

Let me know if you have any questions…always a pleasure. Comments are always welcomed too.

Did you have fun today?

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