Check out these 9 creative tips for shooting with 360° and action cameras

May 29, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Check out these 9 creative tips for shooting with 360° and action cameras

May 29, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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360° cameras have become much more readily available over the last couple of years and most of us own or can get our hands on at least one of those these days. Both types of camera offer a lot of versatility, but they’re not always that easy to film with, especially if you’re used to bigger cameras. But they both can offer some great advantages.

In this video, Jordy at Cinecom takes the Insta360 ONE R out for a spin with both the 4K action camera module and the 360° module, to show us nine creative filmmaking techniques you can use to step up your game when shooting with small cameras.

  • 0:30 – The Spiderman Trick
  • 0:55 – Toilet roll 360° cable cam
  • 1:32 – The Spin
  • 2:10 – Tape it to objects you interact with
  • 2:55 – Strap it to your shoes
  • 3:15 – Use a long pole as a handheld jib
  • 3:58 – Vertigo mode with a centrally mounted selfie stick
  • 4:25 – Animated tiny planets
  • 5:08 – Timeshift

The great thing about the Insta360 ONE R is that it’s modular, so it can perform the functions of both action cameras and 360° cameras. But you could apply these techniques to a GoPro Hero, GoPro Max, Insta360 ONE X or other action or 360 cameras out there on the market, too.

At the end of the video, there’s a good lesson on checking the features of the smartphone apps for whatever camera you’re using, too. Sometimes they offer great built-in features that your desktop editing software might not have.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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