STEFAN KLENKE - 360 ° PRODUCTIONS AND VISUAL CREATIVE CONTENT
I am a Visual Content Producer from Berlin and I am employed by a wonderful company called VR-EASY GmbH, where a lot rotates around 360 °. We also developed the software with which this website was created. My focus is on 360 ° photography, classic photography, graphic design, UX design, video production, project development and coaching.
FROM ANALOG DARKROOM TO DIGITAL 360° VR WORLDS IN 20 YEARS
One of my greatest passions is photography. In almost 20 years as a professional photographer, I've learned to shoot almost everything to a high standard. It all started with analogue photography around 1999. Then I experienced the fantastic revolution of digital photography around the turn of the millennium and became part of the next photographic evolution phase about four years ago - 360° photography.
MY GOALS: Excite AND INSPIRE
Although I am almost 42 years old, I never try to forget my inner child. Curiosity and enthusiasm for the world out there is an important prerequisite for finding and telling exciting stories, whether with the help of a camera, a graphics program or with words. In the same way I love to be inspired, I love to inspire others.
In den letzten vier Jahren habe ich viele spannende 360°-Projekte für VR-EASY umsetzen dürfen. Im Juni 2016 fing ich als totaler 360°-Beginner mit dieser faszinierenden Art des Fotografierens an. Bis dahin hatte ich mir schon in etwa zwei Jahrzehnten als professioneller Fotograf viel Wissen aneignen können. Es war dennoch ein steile Lernkurve zu bezwingen.
In the past four years I have been able to implement many exciting 360 ° projects for VR-EASY. In June 2016 I started this fascinating way of photography as a total 360 ° beginner. By then I had acquired a lot of knowledge as a professional photographer in about two decades. It was still a steep learning curve to climb.
Making Of - Report here >>
The Berlin ensemble is located in the beautiful Theater am Schiffbauer Damm. I was supposed to take a 360 ° shot in the middle of the room, so that as many seats as possible could be seen. How I got the camera to a height of 4m and mastered the extremely difficult lighting situation can be read in the Making Of.
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As a "classic" event photographer, I have photographed countless live events, concerts and festivals over the past twenty years. In summer 2019 I was able to use our high-resolution 360 ° equipment for the first time to capture the full energy of a gig. A really big technical challenge!
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could cross-fade from one variant to the next - no matter in which direction you were looking. I marked the positions in the empty space and first photographed everything in the empty state. Over the next three days, the incredibly good team at the Holiday Inn had the colossal task of completely rebuilding the hall several times. This often took many hours. Then I photographed each usage variant for about 30 minutes and then everything was cleared away and the next setup was prepared. On those days I was happy that I only had to work behind the camera.
Ein Teil der Virtuellen Tour gibt's hier zu sehen>>
Behind the Scenes:
Big Challenges: 360° Photo of the Berliner Ensemble theatre
For a pilot project by our company VR-EASY, I was asked to create a high-resolution 360 ° image of the main hall of the Berlin Ensemble. As many of the seats as possible should be visible in the picture. During the location check a few weeks before the shoot date, I immediately recognized the main challenges of this task. First: The hall is relatively dark for photo recordings. With 360 ° shots, I almost always shoot with a fairly closed aperture in order to achieve a large depth of field. This means that little light would reach the sensor. To compensate for this I had to work with fairly long exposure times between 10-20 seconds.
Actually, this would not be a big problem with classic photography - since it is relatively easy to achieve good, blur-free results with a tripod. With our high-quality 360 ° set-up, however, we not only take a photo to get a spherical photo, but in this case I needed 35 individual images (24mm focal length) in 3 HDR exposure levels for a particularly high resolution and exposure depth ( these individual images are only sewn together later using stitching software called PTGui). It took me over 30 minutes to photograph a single complete photo sphere! Not really a problem in a normal situation either - but time was against us in this case. We only had a 90-minute time window (including assembly) to get everything in the box - we had waited for this window for months - there is rarely an empty stage in a busy theater. The stagehands also had to start setting up a new piece on that day.
And to cut a long story short: I nailed it. Phew The 360 ° result (30,332x15,166 pixels (460 megapixels) can be seen here:
>>360°-Foto des Berliner Ensemble
Stefan Klenke - Berliner 360° Fotograf und Multi-Media-Produzent aus Berlin präsentiert seine besten 360° Fotografien und Einblicke in sein Schaffen.