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Panoramas on 360cities.net can now be seen in virtual reality (VR) on Google Cardboard, with support for other hardware headsets coming soon.

 

Here’s what you need to do in order to partake in the VR experience on 360cities.net:

  • Buy the Cardboard from Google or DIY
  • Get your Android or iPhone ready
  • Tap on the image – it will then go “fullscreen” and you’ll have 2 icons in top right corner – one is for gyro and one is for VR (eye)
  • Tap on the VR icon and activate the Gyro

 

  • The screen will be divided in two with the same image displayed side by side

 

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  • Insert your phone into the Cardboard viewer
  • You are now inside the panorama – look up, down, and around…and ENJOY!

 

2014 has been a year full of changes and good news:

New Gigapixels Gallery

New panoramic photographers

New  design  of  360Cities  website

New customers who licensed your panoramas

Many  thousands  of  beautiful  new  panoramas

New way to propose #360CitiesPick for Editors’ Picks

We want to thank you for your support, your feedback and your wonderful panoramas. We wish you the best for 2015!

With the news yesterday about the change in US-Cuba relations, we thought we’d invite you to visit Cuba via our collection of 360s from the island:

There are hundreds more fascinating 360 views of Cuba here.

The clock is ticking – don’t wait to upgrade or extend your PRO account and get 50% off.

Cyber Monday only December 1st  

A SPECIAL OFFER for PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHERS

One year PRO account for only € 89.50

 

    • Get a PRO account

    • Extend your PRO account

    • Upgrade your Basic or Plus to a PRO account

 

 

 

 

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Cyber Monday Deal starts as soon as it is December 1st anywhere on our planet

 

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Cyber Monday December 1st

A SPECIAL OFFER for PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHERS

Check out 360Cities.net wherever you find yourself on December 1st and take advantage of our special offer, which we’ll be announcing on December 1st. You’ll need to act fast as it is only a one day offer valid for as long as it is December 1st somewhere on our planet.

 

We have recently updated points 8.a.2, 8.a.3, and 8.h of our Terms and Conditions for photographers.

8.a.2 has been updated to reflect the fact that we may display panoramas on subsidiary websites like 360gigapixels.com (if they meet the necessary requirements), and that image credits will be shown where possible and appropriate in cases when images are licensed.

8.a.3 has been update to reflect the fact that we now calculate royalties based on 40% of gross proceeds from sales of your images instead of 55% percent of revenue minus associated expenses. The change is designed to provide more visibility to contributing photographers.

8.h has been updated to reflect the fact that we may display panoramas on subsidiary websites like 360gigapixels.com (if they meet the necessary requirements).

 

We are looking for awesome gigapixel panoramas to add to our gigapixel gallery on our site 360gigapixels.com. We’ll be promoting this content, so you’ll get more views and potentially earn royalties if your gigapixel image is licensed by one of our corporate clients.

To be included in our gigapixel gallery, your gigapixel must meet the following criteria:

  1. 360 degrees – either cylindrical or spherical
  2. Minimum resolution 3 gigapixels
  3. Image is available for commercial licensing

If you’re interested, please go to http://www.360cities.net/contact, then choose “I want to have my gigapixel panorama included on 360gigapixels.com” and provide us a link to your gigapixel image for our review. If your image is accepted, we’ll provide you with further details and instructions on how to upload.

The 360Cities Team

 

 

 

Editor’s Picks are a carefully selected category of 360Cities panoramas that are especially amazing due to their: location, scenery, light, technique… Editor’s Picks are carefully chosen by the 360Cities editorial team.

Editor’s Picks are recognizable by the star to the right of the panorama title in the upper left hand corner of the panorama. Editor’s picks are featured on the 360Cities homepage, they can be selected as the Featured Panorama and also be shared on the “Interactive Panorama of the Week” newsletter.

But now you can nominate Editor’s Picks as well.

 

How?

- Share your nominated panorama via Twitter and Google+ with the hashtag #360CitiesPick

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Post that panorama on the 360Cities Facebook Timeline and mention “My 360Cities Pick”

 

Each week we will check all those panoramas shared by you via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and choose a selection of them as Editor’s Picks.

Don’t wait and start sharing those beautiful images you find on 360Cities.

The 360Cities Team

Check out our London gigapixel panorama (created by 360Cities founder Jeffrey Martin in 2012) in action here on a new promotional site for Intel and Lenovo: http://www.intelphotohunt.de/.

Users are challenged to find the hotspots and answer the trivia questions about London to have a chance to win a Lenovo S8. For now in German, but with an online translator, easy to navigate!

 

Sam Rohn is one of the early pioneers of 360º panoramic photography. He has been shooting 360º photos since the 1990′s which makes him one of the very earliest of early adopters. He knows his stuff inside and out, and is a great guy. I’ve enjoyed meeting Sam in person from time to time over the years. I thought it would be nice to interview him so he could share some of his thoughts about panoramic photography, New York City, and location scouting.
A native of NYC and a location scout in addition to being a professional photographer, Sam is in one of those truly enviable positions: he gets to go to places that NOBODY else is ever going to see – and he has the panoramas to prove it! And these aren’t just average “ok” panoramas – Sam makes really wonderful images.
I first got the idea to interview Sam when I saw his NYC Ground Zero panoramas which were really quite lovely.

Sam, you must have made hundreds of panos in New York City?

Yes, hundreds all over the world and in NYC, I’ve been a location manager for many years so I have access to a lot of locations that aren’t available to the public. sometimes I accidentally bring my pano gear ;) and shoot some panoramas while i’m in there.

Is panoramic photography useful as a location scout?

Yes and no. Ultimately location scouting photos require using a long lens, wide lens, shooting from different angles, and from every corner of a room. it’s a lot of work. Scouting locations…. i’ll scout 5-10 locations every day, there no way i’m going to shoot 45 panos a day for what a location scout gets paid! But of course some locations are really worth shooting a 360 panorama….

You’re primarily a location scout?

I’ve worked as a location scout on the aesthetic more than the logistic side of things, for 20 years now. So i’ve evolved into a photographer rather than a producer which is what a lot of location scouts do. These days, I work more as a photographer than a location scout.

I miss location scouting when i don’t do it. With photography, you shoot one thing and go home. location scouting, you have to do many things and visit many places, think on your feet. i’m surprised at how little savvy photographers have with location scouting – locations, permits, and so on. for me, it’s second nature.

What kind of stuff are you enjoying photographing lately?

Usually i like shooting empty places, these days i’m enjoying photographing people. locations and interiors just sit there and are easier to shoot. People are difficult — they move and have to be caught off guard. I’m starting to appreciate it.

Do you prefer shooting at night, or during the day?

Traditionally I appreciate shooting at night or blue hour; shooting during the day is less consistent. the light varies quickly. At night, it’s consistent. During the day, from one day to another, as a location scout i shoot a lot of places over and over again – the brooklyn bridge or dumbo, i’ve shot them every day of every time of year, they always look different. You have to pay attention the time of day and year. When it’s easy, you have a nice day, it’s easy. but on marginal days, i like that challenge: clouds, they’re like cats, they do what they want!

How has pano photography changed for you in the last ten years?

It has become less of a specialty and more of a general interest hobby with panoramic software built into cellphones and such, everybody can shoot a panorama of some quality, good or bad. And this has in some way been good — it has increased the awareness that this kind of photography exists, with google street view etc. etc. but it’s also made it seem just like another trick or novelly and people lose the idea that its’ *photography*. Trying to produce good photos is still hard.

Your panoramas on 360Cities are not your standard NYC landmarks – you have a few unique places and times there. Can you speak about that?

A lot of my panos on 360cities are ones that no one else has: the hurricane sandy blackout, or the top of Brooklyn brigde – NO ONE else is going there! Or inside the UN nations general assembly hall – not easy to access – and some private rooftops that are not easy to access.

A few of the places I’ve shot are gone – the atrium at 5 beekman street:

 

 

 

This place might not look like much to you but if you live in nyc you wonder what the hell is inside here. now it’s a 10 billion dollar condo but at one time it was an empty shell, and this is what it looked like:

 

 

 

I really enjoyed shooting panoramas of the dark, empty streets during the blackout that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: ain’t gonna happen again until there is another blackout!

 

All of the panoramas I put up on 360Cities are special places that nobody else is likely to shoot. If you haven’t heard of the place, it means no one else is going to shoot it!

 

Sam’s photographer profile page: https://www.360cities.net/profile/sam-rohn

Sam’s personal website: http://www.samrohn.com/ and his location scouting website: http://nylocations.com