Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - 360 pictures

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - 360 pictures by AyathTheLoafer Aug 5, 2016
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To take a proper 360 degrees picture on a smartphone requires some skill.

The most important thing is to make sure that the camera lens is kept at the same point in physical space as you turn round.

Let me introduce you to "Loafers Lodge 360".

This gadget I have invented (I haven't seen anything like it) is doing just that. Keeping your lens at the same point in space as you take your picture. This particular version is for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I am working on an iPhone 6 version as well.

The two pivotpoints are the crucial part. Horizontally you need to mount your phone so that the earplug socket is up as the frame is a tight fit. Vertically you place the phone in such a way that the camera lens is above the pivot point under the frame.

The pivot point will need to be sanded to give it a tight fit.

The "foot" is made specifically for a Hama tripod with a locking mechanism. Please note that the hole is slightly off-center to have the pivot point above the pivot center of the tripod head.
I don't know if it fits other tripods. If you decide to use strips to attach the foot on a tripod with a screw on fixing thingy, make sure to place the hole in the foot above the pivot point of the tripod head.

A quick trick. For the best photo you should lock the aperture to a medium value. This is best achieved if you point your camera at a 90 degree angle to the sun and then lock the aperture.

My way of doing the photoing :) is to take the horizontal bit first fully 360 degrees. Then the clouds and last the ground. Unless there are moving things at ground level.
Well you can always experiment. As I do.
Also important - Turn the head of the tripod - not the frame.

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The frame I printed standing up (no support).
The Pivot part I printed lying down (with support for the pivot)
The foot is straight forward (no support). Don't make the infill too open as the Hama Clip will press on the side of the foot and I think it will need to be fairly rigid.


You need to make the fit for the pivot point tight.

I have on purpose made the horizontal pivot point slightly larger than the hole in the foot.
Several tries to make it an exact fit has tought me that shrinking isn't always what you expect.

Some sanding and/or hole drilling will be required.
I used a drill bit to make sure the hole was 10mm and sanded the pivot to fit.

How I Designed This


All made in Blender 3D (free software) which is great for this type of thing.

For easy adaptation to other phones I include the Blend-file.

Custom Section

This is the custom section.

Thought I'd write something. Shame to waste a good segment.

Did I mention the tight fitting pivot point?

And the fact that if you decide to make and use this frame, you should always regard it as YOUR responsibility to not tilt the frame so far that the phone drop to the ground.

Any sbelling mistakes and strange syntaxes are purely for entertainment purposes.

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My friend (whom I made one for) said that his 360 app has a small dot that needs to be lined up for each shot and it made it slightly difficult to take all the pictures - especially those of the sky - because he had to bend down to line up the dot.

I've made a small hole in the frame of my own LL360 and put a pin in it so that the pin can hold the angle while I turn the tripod head.
That, combined with using a level app to set the tripod up vertically, should do the trick.