How to get more with focus with a 360 camera?

At this point, you already know why focus is important and how to set it up to focus onto stationary objects or subjects in motion. However, imagine you’re on vacation and want to take a photo of a lovely landscape that spreads right in front of you. Or, you go hiking and want to capture the peaceful nature with your best 360 camera.

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Although most people assume that taking landscape photos is very easy, the truth is – there are still some things you should bear in mind. For instance, these types of photos could benefit from something placed in the foreground, e.g. a fence or a tree, but to get the high-quality landscape photo, it’s important to make sure you adjust your focus
properly, i.e. to get a bigger portion of the scene into it.

Take the landscape photo below for an example. It was captured with the camera’s automatic settings. As you can see, the background of the image is quite sharp, but the grass in the foreground is rather blurry.

Our purpose here is to sharpen that part as well to create one stunning photo of nature with 360 camera. Here’s how you can do that:

  • Select the Aperture priority shooting mode. In order to do that, you have to turn the mode dial to A or Av.
  • To maximize the portion of the scene in focus, you should zoom out the lens to the wide angle setting.
  • Select a bigger f-number to heighten distance in sharp focus. Don’t choose a value that’s too high once you begin. For example, start with f6 and see whether it works for you or not.
  • Check the image. Is everything you wanted in the focus? If you’re satisfied, you’re good to go. If there’s not enough in focus, then you can safely increase the f-number value; e.g. f22. Repeat this process until you’re perfectly happy with the amount of scene in focus. Feel free to increase or decrease the value of the f-number until you get the photo you want.
  • Once you take the photo, return the mode dial to Program or Auto mode.

Here’s how our photo looks now from one of 360 camera:

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As you can see, the foreground is significantly sharper than in the previous image.

TIP: When getting more into focus in 360 camera, you have to increase the f-number, which leads to slower exposure as some sort of compensation. As I’ve already mentioned, it’s required to use Aperture mode for this, but you will have to be careful about the camera shake. Therefore, to avoid dropping this valuable camera or any type of damage, you should make sure you hold it steady when dealing with big f-numbers. Ideally, you should use a tripod for this or invest into lenses with anti-shake features.

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