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Stitching & uploading 360 photos from a Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360 stitched vs unstitched

Samsung Gear 360 is one of the most popular 360 cameras available on the market. A lot of users on Kuula upload photos made with that device. However, before you start shooting and sharing 360 panoramas with a Gear 360, here’s one important thing you need to know about it’s stitching process to avoid problems with displaying your photos.

The Samsung Gear 360 camera does not stitch the photos on the device, unlike some other popular devices (ex. Ricoh Theta). Instead, the stitching process is done on the fly when you save the photos from the camera to the Gear 360 mobile app on your phone or tablet.

It is possible not to use the mobile application and copy the photos via USB directly from the camera to a computer. While this is technically possible, it is not recommended – photos copied directly from the camera to a PC are unstitched and will not display correctly.

If you are not sure if your photos are stitched or not, it’s not difficult to spot the difference. A raw, unstitched photo from a Samsung Gear 360 is composed of two fisheye shots next to each other, one from each lens. It will typically look a bit like this:

Samsung Gear 360 unstitched

However, when you save the photo from the camera onto the mobile app, it is stitched and transformed into a correct equirectangular projection on the fly. A correctly stitched photo looks more like this:

Samsung Gear 360 stitched

Only the latter format will be correctly projected by most 360 photo players including Kuula, so make sure to check your source photos and to always use the Gear 360 mobile app with your camera. Remember: copying photos directly from the camera on your computer is not recommended.

The Samsung Gear 360 app is available on both Google Play and AppStore and you can get a Gear 360 device on Amazon. Keep in mind that you need an iPhone 5s at minimum. If you are an Android user, you will need a device with Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer installed. We hope you find this tip useful!

Auto rotate setting on your 360 embeds! Check it out!

Some of you approached us saying that you would like to have the Auto rotate mode on your 360 embeds. We listen and we have integrated this feature to Kuula Embed Editor!

Example of a 360 embed with the Auto rotate setting

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Easy registration and sign-in with Facebook

We’ve been listening to your feedback and here it is – Facebook social login has been integrated to Kuula!

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Location, map and camera info can now be added to posts on Kuula

We just launched a new feature on Kuula that a lot of our users asked for. You can now share the GPS location and other camera information on your posts!

GPS Location, maps and camera info on Kuula GPS Location, maps and camera info on Kuula

Location shows GPS coordinates and the name of the place where the shot was made and it’s linked to a mini map.

The camera information provides data such as device model, focal lenght, exposure time, aperture and ISO and it might look something like this RICOH THETA S – 1.31mm / 1/8s / ƒ2.0 / ISO 100.

You can now choose to share this information with your viewers with one click in the post editor! This new function is available for all our users – PRO and free.

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#3 Editors’ Picks – 360 photos from USS Mohawk, Al Capone Cell and Ingarö Island

Here we come with a new selection of amazing 360 photos that have been posted to Kuula. Congrats to those who have been featured this time!

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No limit on the number of public Collections

We listen to our users and we have removed the limit to create public Collections in our Basic plan. Now you can create as many as you want, for free!

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NEW “Add to Collection” button

Thank you everyone for such a positive feedback regarding our new Collections feature! Some of our users asked if we could add a button that will allow to create Collections even faster than before. And here it is 🙂 !

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#2 Editors’ Picks – 360 photos from Hong Kong, Portofino & Dubai

360 Embed editor

Here is another selection of the most breathtaking 360 photos that have been posted to Kuula recently. Congratulations to all those talented photographers that have been featured this time!

We’d like to present you 360 photos from Hong Kong, Portofino and Dubai, such different cities, but all amazing. Just have a look and immerse yourself into their beautiful surroundings!

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Have you tried Kuula embed editor yet?

360 Embed editor

Did you know that Kuula has an easy-to-use Embed Editor? Now you can even create embeds with your own logo and you can adjust the way the embeds look. This post is a quick tutorial how to create embeds and add 360 photos to your website, to an online magazine article or to a blog.

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4k 360 Cameras that produce the best quality photos

This article was written by Daniel, creator of threesixtycameras.com – A website dedicated to reviewing and comparing all 360 Cameras.

Want to produce high quality 360 images? Make sure your camera can shoot in 4K!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit exploring the featured photos on the Kuula home page. 360 degree photos are an exciting new medium that people are responding too positively. Being able to capture everything around a camera instantly is something that was unimaginable just 10 years ago. But here we are, Kuula is already full of thousands of amazing 360 photos and if you want to add to the collection, you need to make sure you have the right camera.

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Collections arrive to Kuula!

Adding photo albums to Kuula was, by far, the most requested feature by our users. We listened and we’re happy to announce that we released the Collections feature. You can now easily organize your own posts and posts of others you like into Collections. When they are ready, share & embed them. This post is a quick tutorial how to create and manage Collections on Kuula.

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Thrilled to exhibit at VRLA on 4/14 & 4/15! Will we see you there?

We’re thrilled to announce that Kuula has been invited to VRLA Expo 2017, the world’s largest virtual and augmented reality expo, on April 14th and 15th at the Los Angeles Convention Center!

Kuula at VRLA

At VRLA, you can join thousands of immersive technology professionals and enthusiasts, and see cutting-edge demos of the most exciting projects in development for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Microsoft HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR and more. Kuula is one of them! Come see us at the Indie Zone and enjoy Kuula stunning 360/VR images we’ll have there for you to see in Kuula VR app! You’ll be able to browse our photos like they deserve to be seen – being fully immersed in VR!

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Aurora, Mars Rover & Van Gogh’s bedroom – Kuula Editors’ Picks

Kuula users post hundreds of 360 photos and images every day – many of them are amazing! This post starts the “Editors’ Picks” series, in which we’ll be sharing the best of the best on Kuula.

360 photos of an Aurora, the Mars Rover and Van Gogh's bedroom - Kuula Editors' Picks

Many talented photographers and 3D artists have demonstrated their skills capturing well-executed photographs of landscapes, cities, lifestyle scenes or creating breathtaking 3D renders and illustrations. We chose the below images because we feel they best represent the diversity, creativity and the potential of 360 photos. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Congrats to all those who have been selected!

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Tagging & formatting descriptions on 360 photos

Kuula is all about sharing your 360 photos with the community, so tagging and describing your work is important. If you tell the story behind your post, you can add some context to what users see. Adding tags helps them find your 360 photos. This is why we encourage everyone to add descriptions and tag their posts!

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Guide to virtual reality headsets for 360° photography

The best way to experience 360° photos is in virtual reality. That is why at Kuula, we created a dedicated application. Now you can browse all our photos like they deserve to be seen – fully immersed in VR!

Kuula Virtual Reality app

There are hundreds of virtual reality headsets avaialble on the market, some of the are great others, not so much. This article will help you choose the right headset for the best VR photo experience.

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Happy Holidays from Kuula!

We wish you a Happy Holiday season and cheers to the New Year! Let’s make 2017 legendary! 🎊 🎉

Happy Holidays from Kuula!

Hungary – Nyíregyháza – Christmas market – Karácsonyi vásár – photo by PlaNETrics

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Interview with Tomasz Mielnik one of Kuula featured users

Today we present an interview with Tomasz Mielnik, a 360 photographer that comes from southeastern Poland. Poland has always been a place where cultures of the East and the West were merging and Tomasz is perfect in capturing the magic of that.

360 photo of Saint Nicolas orthodox church in Hrebenne, Poland near Ukrainian border

Saint Nicolas orthodox church in Hrebenne, Poland

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Ludic 360 illustrations by artist & graphic designer Mr Tronch

André Coronado aka Mr Tronch is an artist based in Lima, Peru. He experiments with a ludic style and absurd drawings in various digital formats, including animated GIFs and 360 illustrations.

Apus, 360 illustrations on Mr Tronch

Cat galaxy

At Kuula, we love artists that go beyond photography and explore uncharted territories in 360° imagery. Sometimes, what catches our attention, is a clever composition trick. Another time it’s 360 illustrations or graphics rendered in 3D software.

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Discover the playful 360° scenes by Obaqui360

Obaqui360 is the studio of Marcos Rios, a 360° artist & photographer from São Paulo, Brazil. He creates 360° compositions that combine beautiful, scenic environments with captivating characters. This results in playful and slightly surreal scenes, full of details to explore.

Perfect Day - Litoral  Norte Sao Paulo, photo by Obaqui360

Lobster Attack

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Aerial 360° photography tips and tricks with Jason Wiegand

Aerial and drone shots are the most spectacular form of 360° photography. On Kuula, we’re always exicited to see our users posting new, surprising shots. Creating 360° aerial photos may seem very complicated at first, but with a little bit of practice, you can get some great results (relatively) easily! Jason Wiegand, an expert drone photographer, shares some tricks and tips of the trade.

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7 tips for 360° photographers

Virtual Reality is a hot topic these days & 360° photography offers an affordable and easy way to start your adventure with creating immersive content. Starting with photography for VR is as easy as buying a 360° camera and registering on Kuula.

At Kuula we not only build the tools to help you share 360° photos, but we love taking them ourselves. Based on our personal experience and looking through thousands of photos our users have posted, we compiled a list tips and tricks for every VR photography enthusiasts.

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Lens flare effect on Kuula – video tutorial

A lens flare effect brings a new light on your photos, it’s an art form of its own. You can use it to create a unique feel, capable of evoking the drama within your photography. With the lens flare effect, you’ll find many ways to easily enhance the beauty and creativity of your 360° photography.

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Interview with Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada

Today we present an interview with Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada, a 360° photographer from Mumbai, India. You can see Humayunn’s personal work on Kuula here and his comissioned work over here. Enjoy!

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Getting started with 360° photography

The Holiday season is upon us and everyone is trying to figure out what presents to get. If you like to try new, cool devices, a 360° camera is an ideal gift! Don’t worry – 360° photography no longer requires expensive equipment and complicated software. There is a few great, inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras on the market and now they got even cheaper!

Some of the cameras are standalone, others require a smartphone to take photos and MicroSD cards to store the images. Read our guide to find out which device best suits your needs.

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Interview with Quba Michalski (aka QubaVR)

We present first in a series of interviews with our users. This time we sat down with Quba Michalski, who was one of the very first to join us and post his work on Kuula. Check out what he has to say about 360° images and VR in general. Enjoy!

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Sharing 360 in-game screenshots with NVIDIA Ansel and Kuula

Have you heard of Ansel? It’s a new technology to capture 360 in-game shots introduced by NVIDIA a few months ago. Our users already posted their first captures and they look amazing!

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Sharing & embedding 360° photos with Kuula

The web is all about sharing. People share information, images, videos every day. We built Kuula, because we felt there wasn’t a good place to share 360° photos on the web and sharing has been the central feature of Kuula ever since.

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Guide to uploading 360° photos on Kuula

Whether you want to experiment taking 360° photos with your mobile phone, have a Ricoh Theta or use a 3D software to render 360° images, Kuula is the best place to share your work. It has an easy to use interface for uploading files and it works right in your browser on both desktop and mobile devices.

Here’s a handy guide how to use Kuula, register and upload your first image! It’s very easy.

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How to Shoot 360-Degree Photos With Your Smartphone

When Google Street View first came out, it was an amazing technical achievement. Browsing 360° Street View photos felt a lot like actually going to all these places!

Those photos were made by expensive and bulky cameras mounted of cars, but today 360° photo making is becoming more accessible for everyone thanks to a new generation of devices such as Ricoh Theta S or the Samsung Gear 360.

In the long run, it’s quite likely that we will be able to snap 360°s with our smartphones, using a pair of integrated wide-angle lenses or even some more advanced tech such a light-field camera that Lytro is working on.

Meanwhile, to get a taste how fun 360° photography can be, you do not need to spend any money, because there’s an app for that!

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