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12+ Ways To Use Instagram’s New Swipe-Feature For 360° Photography [updated] 773 1024 dreihundertsechzig

12+ Ways To Use Instagram’s New Swipe-Feature For 360° Photography [updated]

Instagram has just released a new feature: You can now upload more than one picture/video in a single post and swipe through it.

This offers nice new ways to present 360° panoramic images to your followers. We’ve picked out six twelve ways to get out all of this new possibility for your 360°/Tinyplanet photos.

1. Panorama

Simply cut your equirectangular panorama (2:1) into 2 or 3 square images and let the user swipe through it. Repeat. You can also add a tiny planet view at the end.

Even better: Convert it into a cube-map, post the 4 single images without nadir and top and loop it (1 or more times, to let the user get a feeling of scrolling „around“) – Thanks to Mohamad!


See on Instagram

2. Day/Night

Post the same picture at day and night and let the user change between daylight and night time view by swiping. (Best with Tiny Planet)

3. Zoom

Imitate the „Earth Zoom“ effect with 2 or 3 images. For example: First picture is the earth from space, second your city from above and third your main motive shot from a drone. Goes either way round. (Tiny Planet)

Great Tutorial for making videos with this effect:

4. Normal/Art

Post a normal picture and an digital art version of it. Or the other way round. Or more art versions 😉 (Tiny Planet or other views)


5. Inside/Outside

Post your motive shot from inside and outside. Or the other way round. Works good if you keep all shoots at the same camera height. Can be combinated with tip no. 1. (Tiny Planet or other views)

See on Instagram

6. Story

Tell your story like a flipbook with several following pictures. (Tiny Planet or other views)

7. Timelapse:

Post 3 or more consecutive shots as tiny planet images to show a „progress“ like in a timelapse video.

(Bad) Example:

8. Ghost:

Let things disappear. Post 2 or more images from same POV while blending things (humans, cars/traffic, ….) out. First image as orignal, second without passengers or cars by median blending more shots frome same POV. Or more steps by blending original and median stacked one in several steps. Or dim the lights. And so on… 😉 (Best with Tiny Planet)

9. Walk-Through:

Post a series of images where you walk along somewhere like navigating forwards on a street in Google Street View. Could be outdoor or indoor (see inside tour). (Tiny Planet or other views)

10. Comic (Timelapse #2):

Tell a story inside a fixed environment/POV like a comic strip (with or without captions, speech bubbles, comic filters, etc.). (Best with Tiny Planet)

11. Enhanced/Original

Give us some insights and post the retouched version, then the untouched/raw version of the picture (Tiny Planet or other views)

12. Different angles

Post two or more different angles/views from the same 360° picture. E.g. a classic tiny planet, a fisheye view of one direction and a rabbithole (negative of tiny planet). Use a tiny planet fx app or a plugin like „flexify for PS“ to get these different images easily. (Tiny Planet)


13. Video

Be creative with tiny planet videos, video captures from rotating your 360 panorama, a walk-through of your virtual tour, etc.!

Your ideas:

My personal app recommendations for creative artworks (Android/some also available on iOS):

There are many more things you can do with the multiple upload feature or panoramas on Instagram. Let us know your ideas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share some of your works!

This blogpost will continuously be updated and example pictures will be added soon.

Thanks to Mic from 360 Rumors for sharing on his blog!