NIGHT 360 PHOTOGRAPHY Tips & Tricks!

– This is
– Ben and Peter. – and today we’re in
– Brussels. – and this video is going to be about – Low light photography. – In 360
– Oh, yeah. – When you’re exposing your
images with a 360 camera, it’s not really that different than if you were exposing with a DSLR. – No, it isn’t, the only
issue is time probably, because you will have
to take a lot more time to make that correct exposure. – Yes, exactly, this is
where you’ll have to go into manual mode of your 360 camera and take control of parameters
like your shutter speed is the biggest one, as well as ISO. Most 360 cameras have the basic ability to go into manual mode and
change those two things, you can’t yet change
aperture with 360 cameras, – No.
– However, Peter can with his DSLR.
– Yes. – So I’m going to be shooting with point and shoot 360 cameras, Peter will be shooting with
his high end DSLR 360 rig. The most basic way to shoot
a 360 photo at night time is in auto exposure mode, where
you just turn the camera on, I’ve activated the self timer here, I’m gonna put it down on the ground, press the button and pose. This is a really basic way of doing it, but because we have such mixed
lighting in this environment, it’s not going to give
us perfect exposure, because the camera is essentially guessing how to expose this image. I’ve got to say, this photo
actually looks really good, I would be happy publishing
this on Instagram straight away, but you know what? I think I can get it even better. The issue I’m having here
is in the highlights, while it did expose the
shadows really nicely, the highlights are overblown
in a lot of the image, especially where we have bright lights around this environment, which is why I’m going
to go into HDR mode, so I can really expose
those lights perfectly, so they’re not gonna create
big spotlights in my image, they’re going to blend in and create more of a
harmonious, beautiful image. Wow, that is a whole lot better, you can see the bright lights behind me and all around me, you can
see them as circles now, it’s not just a blinding
flashlight all around, so HDR mode gave me an excellent exposure in this mixed lighting situation. A lot of 360 cameras have HDR mode, however if yours doesn’t, you may want to try shooting manually and blending different exposures together in a HDR software for computer. When shooting HDR, it’s always
a good idea to use a tripod, especially at night time,
because it’s going to automatically do say a
one or two second exposure and if the camera moved even this much, it’s going to completely blur
the image and ruin your photo. – Whatever Ben was doing,
I will try to replicate and do it at a much higher resolution and for that we need a DSLR camera, a DSLR camera is a little
bit more complicated to shoot 360s with, if we want
to expose this environment, then I’ll put the camera in manual mode and I’ll measure the lights first and whatever the numbers
will be, my ISO, my aperture and my shutter speed, I will fix them. I always shoot RAW, so no JPEG for me, it’s RAW and the advantage
of RAW, instead of JPEG is that you have much more control about the final quality of your image, there’s much more things that you can do like correct shadows or
the highlights or whatever. So what I’m doing right
now is measuring the light and the Pentax is actually
a very good one for that, I’ve put it ISO 800, ’cause it’s fixed and when I measure the light currently, then I can see that the camera will need 1.3 seconds as a shutter speed. When I put it in HDR mode, I
put it also in bracketing mode, that means that I will take a picture at minus two, zero and plus two EV, I can combine those images
by merging them in Photoshop or Lightroom or any other
software that can handle that and then you have the
perfect exposed image. It takes a bit longer than with a regular point
and shoot camera, of course. – A bit longer, Peter?
– Just a bit. – [Ben] How much is this bit? How many days?
– I’m not going to say days, if you take an image in one second and you edit it in a
Tiny Planet et cetera, yeah, you could take
an image in one minute, it takes at least an hour for me, but the quality is completely
different, of course. Alright, to make it really special, I’m going to use my magic pole and put it six meters up in the air again, but because it’s low light, there’s something special going on today, it’s these wires, they call it guy wires and what it does is it
stabilizes the pole at the top, if you don’t do that with low light, the pole will always
swing from left to right, because there’s wind, or
there’s anything going on here and this will prevent that,
it will stabilize the pole. – So feast your eyes on
greatness coming right now! – There’s a huge difference between a two second shutter speed, that you need at low
light conditions like now or if you do it during daylight, then maybe 1000th of a
second and that’s enough, so even if the camera is
moving, then it doesn’t matter, ’cause I don’t know how
long the exposure will take, well, I do know, because
I set it manually, but I don’t count it. I touch the pole and I
can feel the vibration, (laughing) it’s going to sound funny, you can feel actually the
mirror clicking up and down and then I know when it’s ready. – [Ben] You feel a vibration on your pole? – Yeah.
– I know that feeling, Peter, I know that feeling.
– It sounds too funny – I was having a chat
with Peter on Facebook the other day and he showed me one of the photos he took at nighttime inside a train station and
it was completely empty and then Peter told me, “You know what? “There were actually hundreds of people in this train station and I used a little magic
trick and made them disappear.” So Peter, how did you
achieve this magic trick? – Oh, now I need to explain my trick. Well, it’s pretty simple actually, when people are moving
and passing your lens, then with a long exposure,
they magically disappear, so the longer the exposure, the less people you will see in the image and it’s a trick that I used and that I will try to do
over again here in Brussels. – To illustrate this point, I’m going to photo bomb Peter’s photo, I’m going to run around like I’ve escaped from a mental asylum and you will see me disappear. Ooh! Woo! Woo! – [Peter] Yep, we got it, wanna see it? – Now that’s genius at work. Alright, we are done at that location, onto the next one.
– Yes! I’ve got something special for you. – Yeah, where are we going? -We’re going to the most
famous statue of Belgium. – Yeah?
– Yeah. – Sounds big and epic.
– It is, it is, – Yeah, yeah.
– you’re going to love it. – Alright, let’s go, okay.
– Yeah. – Alright, can’t wait to… – Okay, Tiny Planet
guy, what do you think? – I think you’re on your own.
– Alright. Let’s do this. – The next cool trick I’m
gonna show you how to do is called a light painting and this is where we put
our camera into manual mode and we use a handy flashlight and we paint pictures in the sky. To do this, you’ll need a 360
camera with manual exposure, where you’re able to
change the shutter speed of your camera, it’s a really simple idea, as we did before, we’re going
to need a slow shutter speed, to do a light painting, I
think you need a minimum of about five seconds, ideally about 10, so you have enough time to run
around with your flashlight, our flashlight is like our paintbrush, we can paint anything we want in the sky, we can do a pretty pattern,
you could do a thunderbolt, if you wanted or you can write something. I don’t think I’ve ever
gotten a light painting right on the first attempt, so you will need a lot of
patience to do this effect. So I’ve gone into manual mode right here and it’s always a good idea to keep your ISO as low as possible, this will avoid your image being too noisy in the darker areas and with our shutter speed, you want to change it
to five seconds plus, I’m going to do a test shot
right now at five seconds and see what the exposure looks like. If everything is exposed pretty well, I know that I’ve chosen the right settings to do my light painting,
so let’s give it a go. So looking at that, it
seems a tiny bit overexposed, you do wanna shoot in a
relatively dark environment, if you want to make the most
out of your light painting, because it means you’re gonna leave your shutter open for longer, therefore you have more
time to paint your picture, so I’m going to go down to
a four second exposure now and this is my first attempt
at painting in the air, I’m also gonna activate the self timer, because this is going to give me time to put my phone down out of shot, so I can get in position to start the first bit of the painting. I’m gonna try writing 360. It actually turned out okay, I don’t mind the exposure there, but my handwriting clearly needs work. So I’m going to try that again, but I’m going to keep my numbers smaller and I’m going to write
a bit higher in the air, so the light from the
torch conflicts a bit less with my archway here, three, two, one. Oh, getting there, getting
it, that looks really good, so I’ll try that one more time, except this time, I’m going
to angle the flashlight down, so the camera has a
better view of the light, it’s essentially like doing this at the moment it’s seeing this. Sometimes it can be a little hard to get your threes and
sixes the right way round, ’cause you have to write
everything in reverse. Yeah, that’s not bad, my
three is a little bit small, but I think it’s turned out well enough for you to get an idea of what you can do with this kind of effect. This is now where you
might wanna get creative and try all kinds of
cool patterns in the sky, so I’m just gonna do it,
I’m gonna wave this thing around like crazy and
just see what happens and there it is, not very artistic, but it’s given me some ideas
for some cool things I can do. Okay. (laughing) There we go, we have a goalpost, that turned out pretty cool. The key for light paintings is doing longer
exposures than four seconds, I know just the person to do that. Peter, what are we doing now? – Well, we’re going to
do also a little bit of light painting, but
from a higher distance. Okay, the DSLR is set up, it’s up there, we’re going to do an eight second exposure and Ben is doing the painting
with light, go for it. – [Ben] Photo bomber! Photo bomber! – We’re going to do a crazy
light painting of Ben, – We’re gonna turn Ben into an angel, just in case he wasn’t one already. – Two.
– He is. – [Peter] One. – Hey, that’s really good. – Well, Peter, it’s been
fun, where can they find you? – They can still find
me on – You can also find him here and find me here. Until next time, keep
capturing your world in 360, get out there, shoot some light paintings, shoot some long exposures at nighttime, because there’s a whole
new world of opportunity for your 360 photos and tiny planets And we will see you in the next video!


  1. TwoHandUke December 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I have always wanted to know more on this with 360 cameras. I assumed it was straight forward. I loved the angel wings. Keep up the good work.

  2. Little Planet December 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Let the jokes about my magic pole begin! 🤩 /Peter

  3. Ojisan642 December 10, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    What would I need to set my HDR EV setting to on a Insta360 One X to make people disappear in low light long exposure situations?

    Insta360 doesn’t really explain their settings too well.

  4. Theo Vann December 10, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Great video I've got my new Claremont monopod I'm going to have to try the flashlight trick

  5. Bryden McKinnie December 10, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    An enjoyable watch

  6. Forevr Outdoors December 10, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Really enjoy your channel, thank you!! About to get my first 360 camera, and primary use will be stills for interior virtual tours. Secondary, will be the fun 360 video stuff, etc. The Insta360 One X seems great – Not sure, but am I right in thinking you tend to use more the Theta V for photographic tasks? Thanks 🙂

  7. Orlando Streets December 11, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Super creative! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Nacho Rolling December 11, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Did you say flesh light.

  9. Chris Halili December 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Well done! So informative. 👌🏼

  10. Richard Hain December 11, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Awesome video, I thought light paintings are only for DSLRs, good to see 360 cams can do it too.
    Any ideas for
    I hope my Theta S can still manage to take some nice shots there soon.
    DSLR 360s sure have lots higher quality, I hope you guys can also share some post-process video about it.
    Thanks and cheers!!!

  11. Gaurav Joshi December 11, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Amazing tutorial!!

  12. Crivo152 December 11, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Very cool Ben.

  13. Daniela Tocan December 11, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Hi Peter, and Ben. You know that in the night 13 to 14 december falling starlights in east direction from the earth. We meet in Bochum Wattenscheid at 11.45 pm at the peace church to make 6 hours long exposure timelapses to catch the comets that are anounced by 200 / hour falling down the earth direction east. In case of a lot of clouds we do lightpaintings.

    My idea i transfered to @360rumors is to do it all over the world and put results together in a video. From 400 pictures in raw we get so 15 seconds. In 3 hours. If interest for the worldwide event just join the party whereever you are. Maybee you can announce it into yours social media. And how to set the different common cams like gopro fusion and dlsr. To put the video together we use The free software from
    Feel free to look the video there how to produce epic timelapses.

  14. Trail Wander December 11, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I enjoyed the dual system comparison with 360 Ben

  15. Alejandro Linares December 11, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Hi Ben great content like always, for virtual tours not videos Insta360 One X or Xiaomi 360 ? thanks in advance

  16. aneesh wilson December 11, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Hi Ben what kind of flash light you are using ?

  17. Jack Aaron Churchill December 11, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Cracking video! Something I've not tired yet but have been thinking about, must give it a go!

    Quick but random qiestion, what track / where is your music from?

  18. Charlie Abbott December 11, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Great tutorial guys and appreciate the list of equipment used although I notice peter is using a remote to control the camera when his pole is raised, is that just a trigger for the camera or does it rotate the head?

  19. comedy vines December 11, 2018 at 8:24 am

    imean to say that i want to see the printed photo of insta 360 one x at high resolution setting as big as you can print it (please review on your chanel

  20. comedy vines December 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    can you use the insta 360 one x in low light for air art and also read my last second coment please😏😏😏🙋

  21. Lomes 360 December 11, 2018 at 8:34 am


  22. Mark December 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Hi Ben,
    Great video and some wonderful ideas regarding ‘Light Painting’, something I have always wanted to do and will have to tryout. Looking forward to also using the ‘Claremont’ Monopod that you favour when it arrives – ‘good things come to those that wait’ as the old saying goes!

    Keep up the excellent videos Ben.

  23. KK89 December 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Ben's a vampire.. can not be seen in photograps!

  24. Bene C December 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

    All I can say is fantastic you have outdone even yourself here got to be some of the best photos I have seen congratulations stay safe see ya

  25. SrMercador December 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    By the title, I thought I'd talk about how to change the manual setting on the 360 camera to improve the quality of photos in low light. Buts, OK, Liked too

  26. H3zzard December 11, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Light painting?
    Mind. Blown.

  27. Marcos Kulenkampff December 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Ben, Hi,, I'm going to make a Timelapse 360 video in the biggest bulding in SP, at sunrise, Gopro borrow me a fusion. It's better to make in photo timelapse or video timelapse? thanks a lot!

  28. Mother lover December 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Light paintings are so cool

  29. sergio basilioli December 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    The Pentax photos are amazing! Great tutorial guys!

  30. OmniSynThesis - Joscelin Trouwborst December 11, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Had a good laugh several times!

  31. Hanz Reynado December 12, 2018 at 5:09 am

    At 8:12, what app where you using? It does not look like the 360 app.

  32. CDM Devices December 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Always love the look on people's faces on what the hell you are doing Ben.

  33. Paco Garcia Jaen December 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Excellent video as always. Have you ever found any problems setting up in public spaces for security concerns? I have tried to take photos in the past outside some buildings and I was approached by security in the UK because the places were potential terrorist targets.

  34. rikky faqurras December 13, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Hello Ben i need your opinion please,,ok.. I have this Samsung Gear360 (2017) with me and i been using it for quiet awhile..So now i bee wanted to buy an INSTA360 NANO S…so my question is should i stay with the Samsung Gear360 2017 or go ahead and buy a INSTA360 NANO S. ! which one is better….(Im tight on budget thats why i cant get the higher Insta360),,,thank you.

  35. Marc Wild December 14, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Great video! thanks for sharing! 😊

  36. Cesar Galvão December 15, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Vera good, as always.

  37. Jesus Staccato December 17, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I loved all of this, particularly the crispness of Peter's shots. That's the DSLR for you.

    Man this makes me so grumpy about the Theta app refusing to connect to my Theta V.

  38. Mark Sluiters December 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Hi Ben, I'm curious which carbon pole Peter is using.

  39. Ansuman Mahapatra December 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm


  40. slideslipping December 29, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    5:12 10:58 Hi Ben, that effect where you essentially do a fly-through of a 360 photo, is that done in standard editing software, such as Premiere?

  41. relaxvideo3d January 2, 2019 at 9:22 am

    What about image stacking with series of the same exposured pictures? So we can remove noise even from cheap cams. Any free app exist for this?

  42. hasoevo January 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

    3:16 – music?
    Nice vid as usual.

  43. Hemang Halvadia January 6, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Hi Ben, I really love your videos, your videos have been really helpful in deciding my first 360 camera purchase. I bought the Insta360 One X. I was curious about the connectivity…and you are the right person to ask. Can you tell me if I can use a regular USB cable with attachments to connect to my One X to Android? I tried one method but the camera mounted on my google pixel 2 xl as a USB storage instead of opening in the app. Thank you.

  44. InVi_Carlos January 6, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Love this video. So much to learn from you!

  45. Himanshu Jethva January 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Its really nice video. Try Steel Wool photo with 360.

  46. 360SiteVisit 6317427742 January 23, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    How is Peter spinning his camera so high up? Is he using a motorize 360 head?

  47. JiHyun Kim January 27, 2019 at 7:54 am

    so, what is winner of 360camera in night?
    can you tell me what is better in night 360 one x and theta?

  48. GAproductions February 20, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Any link of the pole stabilizer?

  49. Daniel Chung March 3, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Great video Ben!! Nice tag team!

  50. Haris Aizat March 3, 2019 at 3:41 am

    This sure make me think of buying both 360 camera and DSLR for 360 production. 😅

  51. FraM97 March 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Love this camera effect

  52. StanceTV April 5, 2019 at 2:45 am

    I'm impressed

  53. Nasenschweinaffe April 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    This is amazing! I guess i watched almost all your videos in the last two weeks. And that's why i bought myself a Insta 360 one X, got it today. Keep doing great videos!

  54. Grant Robertson April 26, 2019 at 9:12 am

    When you say we need a 360 camera with X feature, it would be super awesome if you mentioned some common cameras that have X feature and some that you know don't have X feature.

  55. ReplayActionSports April 29, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Cheers Ben > Question: Do you find your images blurred at their outer most edges? That is they come into focus when rotated to center frame but… the "fade" is quite visible from center to edge… making sense? thanks in advance CHEERS

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  57. hasoevo June 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    3:16 Music

  58. SpectraLight Photography July 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    The angel light painting of Ben at 11:21 is AWESOME!

  59. Ocram Nas Siul July 25, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Awesome! Thanks guys for sharing.

  60. Mauricio Valentini August 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Ben! Incredible work!! I want to know how to show a 360 photograph (not video) with that movement and change of perspectives. Thanks! regards from Rosario; Argentina

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