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.
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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:
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