Making money of 360 photography: shooting little planet to client | Behind the scenes Vlog | Gaba_VR


Hey guys, it’s GabaVR. I’m a 360 content creator and photographer,
publishing 360 contents and tutorials on YouTube. And this time I guide you behind the scenes of the
full process, how I take a little planet photo for a client. You know, last year I launched my photo exhibition
turning 360 or little planet photography into fine art. And that’s how I created
a collection of photos using different techniques. So among others,
there are a couple of buildings photos, too with 2 famous attractions of Budapest,
the Castle and the Basilica which is actually one of my first holey planet photos
from those times, when I invented this technique. But recently someone contacted me, and she’d like to buy a photo of a specific building
which I haven’t photographed yet. And it’s not an easy one. So that’s why I will board on that ship
and go on a short journey in the golden hour. I need to get to the middle of the River Danube. And while I’m boarding, let’s go back in time for a while,
and see, why I need to go on this little adventure! 360 building photography is really exciting,
and I have some important rules during shooting, especially, when I’m shooting in little planet style. Shooting little planets distance, camera height
and the angle are the most important aspects. For instance, going closer,
we have to put the camera higher to avoid distortion and get a nice view to the front of the building. If you are interested about
my detailed building photography tips, check out this video, in the right top corner. But now, let’s see why this case is so challenging now. Shooting this holey planet I put my tripod around 71 mts
or 230 feet from the front wall of the main building. In practice, my camera was in the middle of the circle, in
the middle of the square, a little bit above the eye level. That’s why this cathedral looks
so nice among the other buildings. While on this other instance I was a little bit closer,
only 40 meters or 131 feet from the castle building. And the camera was in a lower position. That’s how this building dominates the image
and looks really big on this tiny planet. My new client liked these pictures,
and she wanted a similar photo of another building, which is maybe the most famous building in Budapest. The building of the Parliament
has the most spectacular side and the most characteristic shape
when we look at it from the riverside. And mostly we can take the best pictures of it
from the other side of the Danube. But taking a little planet photo of it
is much more complicated. We can’t put the tripod in the optimal 40-100 mts
distance range, because it would be in the river. No wonder, I haven’t taken a photo
of this side of the building, yet. But now, I have to figure out, how to make it. Obviously the perfect camera position is somewhere
on the water, so I thought I should take a boat. The main problem is there are only two ships
a day passing in front of the Parliament: one in the morning when the sun comes up
behind the building, and the other one in the afternoon. But I guess, I’m really lucky,
because in this part of the year the afternoon ship arrives to the building
in the golden hour, or if I’m really-really lucky, it will be exactly at the time,
when the artificial lights are turning on, illuminating the building. So I take the boat,
giving myself enough time for the preparations, checking out lights and setting up the camera manually. As the Sun is going down,
I can’t trust the automatic camera settings, because I’m afraid it would be a little bit overexposed. I’d like to set the exposure to the highlights
and recover some dark areas later. At the end of the day I need a nice exposure
of the sky and the sunset, too. Getting closer and closer to the building, I’m passing by
the Castle and the most beautiful bridges of the city. Then finally we reach the boat station at the Parliament. As we’re waiting for the passengers to get on board,
the artificial lights are turning on. This is what I call the perfect timing. And then as we leave the dock,
I hope we will pass the building in the perfect distance. This time the weather is so perfect and the
colors are so nice, that I don’t wanna miss this shot. It would be perfect in all the aspects. Everything seems fine, so I just wait for the perfect
moment, when the building looks totally symmetric and I take the shot. It looks nice, so now I just have to cruise for a while
and get off the boat. Of course, I have to retouch it a little bit, erasing the boat,
but I’m really happy with the result. The timing was perfect,
it was a nice weather and wonderful sunset, and finally I could shot from
the proper distance, camera high and angle. Just to show you a short comparison,
using Google StreetView, you can see that standing on the riverside
I would have been so close to the building that the top of it wouldn’t be visible on the photo. So I’m glad I could take the boat
and take this nice little planet of the building. During postproduction first I set up the final angle
and fill the empty areas, cleaning up all the background. Then I retouch the ship and do some color correction. I erase the most of the body of the ship, and then I fix
the white balance and the exposure, using a tone curve. After that I continue with erasing the ship. Then I apply global adjustments and some local adjustments, too, to make the lights
look more balanced on the main building. And finally here you can see the raw photo
and the color corrected and retouched image. I hope you enjoyed
looking behind the scenes of this photoshoot. And if you are interested about
the basic ideas behind building photography, check out my previous video
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