Create your own little miniature planets!!!
‘Tiny Planets’ are taking the social media world by storm! It seems that everywhere you look these days someone is sharing a picture or video of a beautiful 360 degree panorama. There is a very good reason for this! As anyone who has seen a circular ‘tiny planet’ photo or video will attest to, they look pretty damn cool, and when done correctly they can turn even the most mundane flat setting into a surreal, arty masterpiece.
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Officially known as ‘Stereographic Panoramas’, they are also referred to as ‘Little Planets’, ‘Planet Panoramas’, ‘360 Panoramas’, ‘360 Photos’, ‘Spheres’, ‘VR Photos’ & ‘Rabbit Holes’. 360° Little Planet Panoramas are a way of capturing our most important moments in a way that we never could be for and also re-experience those moments in a more immersive way than we could before.
But how do you achieve this effect? There are a few ways that you too can create your own circular masterpieces! (Tip: You don’t have to have a masters degree in photography or invest in lots of expensive equipment to achieve your own little slice of ‘Tiny Planet’ heaven!).
We aim to show you how to create amazing, out of this world ‘tiny planet’ photo or videos and share them within minutes.
The simplest and easiest way to achieve the perfect ‘tiny planet-ifying’ effect is by using the Pique 360 degree camera. The user friendly Pique 360 uses super wide dual 220° fisheye lenses (F2.0 f=1.1mm) that capture a greater field of vision. The content is then stitched together using the official app to create a complete 360 degree field of view (some 360 degree cameras that are currently available only use one lens – this can create blind spots on the final photo or video)
Pique 360 doing its thang at the beach! (Move your mouse around to explore)
But having the right camera is only the starting point, following these simple tips will help to to get the perfect shot every time…
Outdoor shots work best
360 degree ‘tiny planet’ shots are really at their most majestic when taken outside. This is because having plenty of blue sky and then having something that provides contrast on the horizon, such as high rise buildings or trees, helps to create lots of interesting focal points (anyone veiwing your images will have loads of fun trying to work out where the picture was taken)
Use a tripod or a selfie stick
This might sound like an obvious one but it is really important for most of the photography shots you take, if you want to avoid an out of focus, blurry shot then a tripod will help to provide much needed stability. It is also a great idea to use a tripod or selfie stick when you are talking action shots, as this will stop your hands from appearing in the shots (and looking like they belong to a giant – who has an interest in 360 degree photography of course!)
Close ups don’t tend to work well in 360 pictures as you don’t get a sense of perspective, what you tend to end up with is an image that looks like it has been taken in one of those wacky mirrors you come across at fairgrounds.
Don't shoot on the ground
Most people tend to learn this the hard way, but if you place your 360 degree camera on the ground and try to take a Tiny Planet shot then you are in a whole world of trouble. Instead of capturing a stunning panorama you will end up with a planet that has been tragically squashed (this type of shot only really works well if you want your tiny planet to look like it has been hit by a meteor!)
PS, Here are a few extra tips…
Follow the experts
If you want to get some inspiration for your own ‘Tiny Planet’ masterpieces, then a great place to start is by following some of the experts that are sharing their work on social media, such as Ben Claremont. Ben has captured some amazing shots in all kinds of locations (he has even turned some innocuous fruit into a trippy 360 vortex) and he shares his work daily via his Instagram account.
Share your work!
Whats the point in capturing magical ‘tiny planets’ and then keeping them to yourself? remember to share your work on social media sites like Instagram & Kuula (getting likes and postive comments will only encoruage you to capture more amazing images) and follow and interact with other 360 degree enthusiasts on social media too – this will also have the added benefit of giving you more expsoure to their audiences too.
Now, its your turn!
So what are you waiting for? go grab your camera and start taking your own out of this world tiny planet photos!
Ultimately, the best way to learn anything new is to experiment with different settings and locations and before you know it you will be amazing your friends and family on social media and they will be asking ‘how did you do that?!’
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