The world of photography was always limited to single flat frames taken one at a time, and viewed one at a time. There weren’t enough advancements to capture really large subjects that span across the FOV of the lens(unless you were using a wide angle lens).

Then panorama photography slowly started becoming popular in the 19th Century, thanks to the invention of the Daguerreotype that allows photographers to stitch images together. Panoramas are now a popular subject thanks to how easy it is to stitch images together, but really, the future is already here in the form of 360 photography.

360-degree photography is a method of taking multiple photos and stitching them together to get a much wider view. The difference here between 360 and a panorama is that the photos can span an entire 360-degree FOV(field of view), which is extremely immersive.

360 rose to popularity right around the same time as Virtual Reality did, and the two complement each other: 360 photos and videos are much more immersive to a viewer when viewed with a Virtual Reality headset. 360 Photography is not an entirely new trend: people have been using it to showcase things like properties, locations and the like for quite some time now.

But like we mentioned, it only got more popular with the advent of VR, and further rose to popularity with the development of 360-degree cameras that made it easier to capture a scene in 360. 360 is mostly used as a form of entertainment these days, but it also has quite a few real-world applications. Read more from…

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