Event date & time:
27.12.2019 at 12:14
Belfast City Hall
Google has fired up a new website dedicated for photo spheres. Looking back in Google’s recent imaging release, the search engine giant launched a camera option called Photo Sphere in Android 4.2 last year in October. Photo Sphere allows photo-enthusiasts to capture images with a 360° view then is theee an app that makes live wallpapers work. It’s a wonderful idea but the images are kind of a waste. When shared on Google+, Instagram or Twitter, the photos can’t wow other people as the file gets compressed into a normal panorama image. In effect, only the photographer truly appreciates the magnificence of the scene, making Photo Sphere pretty much useless when it came so image-sharing. Much to the delight of photographers and trigger-happy image takers, photos can now be marvelled by fellow enthusiasts through Google’s Views website.
The process in uploading your 360° image is very easy but you’ve got have a Gmail account. For an Android user, you can skip this step since you’re already registered as a Google user. Your Gmail account automatically gives you access to Google+. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to capture and share your photosphere files.
- Go to settings of your smartphone and check if the syncing of your Google account is enabled. If so, this allows Google+ to access the images stored in your phone. These photos are automatically sent to your Google+ account which is linked to the Views website.
- Start taking photos of your scenic surroundings using the Photo Sphere available on Android 4.2 phones. It is a simple app with a blue circle in the middle as a guide to take the 360° photo. Just make sure that your device moves steadily on a vertical position. The full 360 effect can be taken with one rotation at normal eye-level, two rotations with the phone tilted upwards and finally two camera rotations at a downwards angle.
- Save your photo by simply tapping a button. You can view your photosphere by panning it automatically or scroll it. Geo-tag your photo so it can be shared through Google’s View website directly from the app but this requires an internet connection.
- When you’re ready to share your work of art, submit your photo to Google+. You can also share it by logging into the Views website using your Gmail account and password. Once there, you can click on the blue camera icon. A small window will pop out showing the image files that you have in your phone. Select that photo that you want to share and it will be posted almost instantly.