Not satisfied with using one GoPro camera – those things that people film bears and pretend to be Superman with – German photographer Jonas Ginter used SIX, to get this effect:
Using the fisheye lense setting, he manages to get a 360-degree panorama, which is both impressive AND unsettling.
So strange but amazing !
So how does he do it? Jonas says on his site:
… I’ve tried a lot of funny things in the last few years: I’ve screwed my cameras on a turntable and spent nights trying to put thousands of pictures together. It has not worked. I have had strange designs with mirrors and was frustrated to find that it was absolute nonsense. Piece by piece came the realization that I can make 360-degree videos only when I capture the image in one take. So the logical conclusion was: Many cameras.
And to hold them together, he needed a 3D printer.
Luckily the GoPro cameras’ fisheye lens covers a decent viewing angle. So you only need six cameras to record horizontally 360° and vertically 180°. The closer the lenses are to each other and the more overlap, the better the result. I have unsuccessfully experimented with rubber bands, cable ties, wood and polystyrene. Only with the construction of a support which has been printed in the 3D printer, everything worked satisfactorily.