Capturing images in 360 is very useful for your online business product presentation. Almost every business is into this kind of photo editing process. Before getting started with taking photos into 360 forms, you must also take to consider the equipments needed to be use for 360s.
The 360 product photography requires most of the same tools and equipments used in still photography. But with the addition of some specialized equipment and software, 360 differ hugely over still images. Below are the lists of the basic equipments to be use:
- Camera and camera stand
- 360 product turntable – for products that lay on a table
- 360 product suspension – for products that must be suspended or hung
- Laptop or Desktop Computer
- Strobe or continuous lights with stands (3 or 4)
- Software that operates the 360 equipment
- Software for image editing such as Photoshop
Now, we already know some of the basic tools and equipments used when doing 360 product photography. So let’s proceed to how many images are best to capture – 24, 36, 144 or more? Before taking into action, here are the factors you need to consider:
1. Knowing the Category of the Product
Knowing your products will help you in choosing what best amount of images to capture. If the product has less details and simple, you can choose fewer numbers of images such as 24 that would work fine on it. On the other hand, if you are dealing with more complexes and many features of the product, showing all sides of it is required then a 360 with more images would be better.
2. Load Times of 360 Images
Each image in a 360 can be anywhere from 60 to 100 kbs. You must also consider that all the image frames must load in the viewer before a costumer can do panning and zooming around the 360. So, if your product has lesser images, your load time is also lesser.
3. Smoothness of Rotation
The rule here is that when you take more images of a product, the smoother it rotates. Some products with lesser images will make it look choppy than a product which has more images that is easy to see the rotating smoothness. It really depend on what industry are you into and how you want your products to display online.