360° photography is suddenly becoming all the rage. As if stunning aerial wasn’t enough, drone pilots can now go and capture magnificent panoramas that can be explored with the drag of a mouse, or even through VR goggles.
To celebrate the latest evolution in photography, drone social media platform SkyPixel has joined forces with DJI to launch a competition to find the world’s best 360° panorama. Within 10 days, over 700 submissions of 360-degree aerial panoramas have been received from around the world already.
SkyPixel and DJI are offering some exciting prizes to those who send in the best picture. The prize list includes a DJI Phantom 4 and a Huawei P9 Plus. There are also prizes on offer including DJI Credits valued at $500, $300 and $100 for second, third and a ‘brilliant’ prize, along with smartphones and wearable devices. The list of winners will be announced on June 30th.
Not sure how to create a 360° panorama with your drone?
To help potential users create 360-degree panoramas, SkyPixel expert Rendy Cipta Muliawan written a blog post that covers the basics of forming a 360-degree aerial panorama, including advising the use of a ‘grid function’, and taking 4 rows of photos in total to create the 360-degree view. He also mentions some post-processing tips to help you create the perfect image.
To give you an idea of what’s been received by the judges so far, SkyPixel has released a few competitors already staking claims for the top prizes:
Crystal Cove Beach Aerial 360 with P51 Mustang:
Cancun, Mexico Sunrise by Toldedo Aerial Media:
华山夕阳 by fang liu:
Last year, SkyPixel held the world’s largest ever aerial photography contest, receiving over 10,000 entries from 146 countries. Since then, SkyPixel has sought to promote the growth of the aerial community, with an educational section made up of expert pilots providing advice and tips on how to produce the best aerial photography.
Malek Murison is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for tech trends and innovation. He handles product reviews, major releases and keeps an eye on the enthusiast market for DroneLife.
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