Summary and Setup
For spherical panorama capturing and processing you will need the following equipment:
Digital specialized spherical camera: There are different commercial cameras for capturing spherical panorama images, however it is preferable to use a well-established brand that specializes in spherical cameras for high-resolution imaging. Some of the brands that offer professional products are:
Professional (stereo and mono):
- Insta360 Pro, Pro2, Titan
- Meta Camera System
- Kandao Obsidian Pro, Obsidian R, Obisdian S,Obsidian GO
- Matterport Pro3, Pro2
Commercial (stereo and mono):
Tripod must be used because spherical panorama photo shooting needs to be stable otherwise stitching errors may occur.
For this tutorial you will need access to:
Image processing software Raw Therapee for batch converting raw images.
Every camera has its software for processing and stitching images. For this workshop, we will use the Insta360 Pro 2 Control App and Stitcher. There are other proprietary and free software available which can import different formats used from a range of cameras. Here are some of them that you can use to stitch spherical panorama photographs:
Spherical panorama viewers (hosted or self-hosted
You can view spherical panorama photographs as flat distorted images such as the one above. However, to be able to interactively rotate images you will need special viewers such as Pannellum Online or self-hosted.
For this workshop we are going to use data captured from the practical session and the already captured data hosted on our D4Science repository You can download the full data set as well as having a quick preview of the final result. This is achieved by copying the link of each image onto the Pannellum spherical panorama viewer like the example below.
First try to experiment by Right-clicking on one of the images and copy the image URL address into the URL box of the viewer
|Photo1 DATA SET
|Photo2 DATA SET
|Photo3 DATA SET
|Photo4 DATA SET
|Photo5 DATA SET
|Photo6 DATA SET
|Photo7 DATA SETS
|Photo 8 DATA SET
|Photo9 DATA SET
|Photo10 DATA SET
|Photo11 DATA SET
|Photo12 DATA SET
For this lesson, you will need:
Access to some paper and pen.
Install the software mentioned above on this page.
Download the data sets included above.
Access to the Culture Digital Skills Virtual Research Environment D4Science is also required. If you have not registered, it would be useful to do so before the lesson. For more information, see instructions
The tutorial is built with The Carpentries Workbench, as part of the training activities of the AHRC-funded network service on Digital Skills in Visual and Material Culture.