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Just in Case You Forgot, Google Posted a “How to” for Photo Spheres

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If your current Android device is capable of taking a Photo Sphere (vanilla Android 4.2+), then it might be time for a quick refresher course on how to take the best spheres possible. Google posted a nice little video detailing how best to take a Photo Sphere, and wouldn’t you know, their result looks incredibly perfect. 

I’ll admit, I didn’t actually know I should have had the phone so close to my body/face. Not that it looks awkward or anything like that.

If you have taken a cool Photo Sphere, link it down below so we as a community can give you “+1” Interwebz and street cred.

  • jab416171

    It’s neat browsing photospheres on a chromebook pixel with the touchscreen.

  • Jarrett Guma

    oooohhh, hold the phone vertically and close to my face…….whoops, that explains it

  • Guy Pierce

    You’re holding it wrong! Just sayin’

  • fauxshizzl

    I’ll stick with the Nodal Ninja and a DSLR for now, but this might work in a pinch. Sure simplifies the process!

  • Brandon Golway

    I tried making them once or twice but they came out slightly mangled. I have experience with this type of technology since I had to do the same thing with a digital camera using Microsoft’s photosynth for one of my IT classes. I’ll give it a try later.

  • EMcTx

    I’ve used it with little success too, but I’m going to practice more. I didn’t realize clicking the photo sphere button would pan around the photo. I guess I should have tracked down the how to video first 🙂

  • frank

    Another great way for google to use people to collect data for google map 3d.

    • tomn1ce

      That’s a exactly my thought. But it is fun to take photosphere shots of the scenery that you happen to be not to mention that there are many places that Google can’t venture into but most people can.

  • Mike S.
    • brkshr

      That looks a lot like a resort I stayed at in Eqypt

      • Mike S.

        Really? This is in Colombia.

        • brkshr

          Ya. It’s on the Red Sea. Now that I look at the picture again, pretty much the only difference is that the Eqypt resort didn’t have any windows on the main building part. Other than that, it’s pretty much identical.

          • Mike S.

            Wow, pretty cool.

    • That’s gorgeous!

  • Steve B

    Close to the body makes sense now that I think of it. A smaller pivot point variance probably leads to much better pictures. I’ve been tempted to pick up a cell phone tripod mount just for my photosphere pictures.

    • michael arazan

      You need a trpod mount just to record videos. When the hell is google going to add anti shakiness software so videos don’t look like they were taken during an earthquake?

  • brkshr

    I think they sped up the “Rendering panorama” part…

    • ToddAwesome

      just a tad.

  • Bi0nic

    I can imagine the iSheep having a field day with this video.

  • JBartcaps

    LOLOLOLOL looks more stupid than taking pictures with a tablets

    • Alex Goings

      Agreed, but the results are less instagramish.

      • JBartcaps

        I love photoshpere, I just can never see myself holding it that close to my face

        • ToddAwesome

          There’s no chance in hell I’d do that in public.

        • Alex Goings

          Yes. I think that you may be able to get good results with a steady hand and trying to rotate with the phone as the center axis. This would make you look slightly less line a moron.

    • EC8CH

      Stupid Squared:

      Taking a photoshere with a tablet!

    • EC8CH

      @ 0:39

      The Gingerbread Android statue is clearly laughing at him behind his back!

    • br_hermon

      Sad but true… probably.

  • Alex Goings

    Thanks for posting this. I never knew the correct way to use it. I want to go do a bunch of photo spheres and post them on maps, but its cloudy here in Detroit.

    • ToddAwesome

      it’s cloudy every day, in Detroit.

      • Alex Goings

        Sometimes the sun is out… There is just a general greyness to everything, full of pollution and depression 🙂

  • sc0rch3d

    makes me think someone needs to invent a miniGigaPan project that can be mounted on a tripod so that i can be in my photo sphere pic

    • jhlinka

      Go badgers!

  • Higher_Ground

    I can’t see the video – Would it be better to keep the phone in the same place and move in a circle around it OR stand in one place and move the phone around you? Or would it even make much of a difference?

    • sc0rch3d

      hold the phone about 6 inches from your face and rotate your body in a circle while the phone is still 6 inches from your face. Tilt (not move) the phone up / down and repeat the rotation exercise.

      • Higher_Ground

        Thanks, that’s basically what I’ve been doing, but not with much success. I guess it just takes a bit of patience to get a clean stitch.

        • Mike S.

          Just a note: it works best when the objects in your pic are not close by.. the farther the better.

      • Seth Merritt

        I was surprised about holding it in portrait. Guess I have been holding it wrong this whole time…