June 27, 2016

Here’s how, You Can Take A 360 Degree Photo And Upload It To Facebook.

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking platforms where you can share your photos,videos,views and opinions by posting on your timeline. You can even like, comment, save links or posts whenever you come across an interesting title or your friend’s latest uploaded photo, etc., you can simply hit a like or comment it. Facebook  is seeking the attention of billions of people across the world. As it offers an easy user access, people are getting addicting to this social media platform.

Now, Facebook allows you to upload a 360-degree photo. All you need is the smartphone and a right app. Facebook’s 360 photos work similar to that of a street view in which you’re inside a moving sphere. For better understanding, check out some of the 360-degree photos on Facebook before you go for shooting. You can check them simply by typing "360 photos" into the Facebook search box. As the feature is new, to view the 360degree photo just click and drag your mouse or simply tap the photo and move your mobile around if you are a smart phone user.

360 photo view inside sphere
Street view in which you are inside a moving sphere

Facebook can understand only a specific format of the 360degree photo.  So, the most convenient option to use is Google’s official Street View camera app (available for android and ios users at free of cost).

  • After the successful installation of the “Street view camera” app, tap the “+” icon and choose the camera. Now, the app will guide you through the process of capturing all the images that you need. But you need to ensure that you’re staying as still as possible while you move your phone around.


  • Move the phone around to find the orange dots that appear on the screen. Each photo is taken automatically once the dot is found.


  • The circular tick icon at the bottom will gradually get a circular border as you take all the necessary images. It turns to green when the capturing of images finished.
  • You can also use undo option to remove the recent photo.

If you are a user of iPhone or the Photosphere, then you don’t have to use the Street View app. You can simply go to panorama mode. Facebook tries to patch the gaps as best when some of the data is missing.

4You can make use of the Surround Shot mode (or equivalent option) that comes with the camera if you are a user of Samsung device. You can also use the VR-ready Cardboard Camera available in google for the android. Photosphere is similar to that of street view camera app whereas VR-cardboard camera differs by capturing a full circle of images by asking you to slowly rotate your phone to the right in one smooth motion. You can also add an audio to it.


You can get a better result when you use a dedicated 360 camera.  Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, LG 360 Cam are some of the cameras under this category.


After taking the 360degree photo, you need to upload it on Facebook. It is similar to that of uploading a normal photo i.e by tapping on the photo in the status update box.  But you can’t yet create a 360 photo directly by using Facebook’s own camera app. But Facebook is developing the app to add this feature as soon as possible. You can have the control over the uploaded photo i.e privacy settings, visibility  similar to that of other posts on the facebook.


You can also add the location, details, and comments to the photo. You can preview your photo by  clicking and dragging the mouse (in a web browser) or just moving the phone around (on a smartphone). On every 360-degree photo, there is a small icon that looks like a radar in the lower right corner. This icon shows you where the perspective is pointing at any given moment.


So, start taking 360-degree photos and share them with your friends by uploading on Facebook.


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Imran Uddin

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