An Entire 360 HDRI Camera Rig That Fits In Your Pocket

An Entire 360 HDRI Camera Rig That Fits In Your Pocket

The HDR Revolution is here. Before the Ricoh 360 camera and Simple HDR, taking your own HDR Images was time consuming and expensive. It either took super expensive 360 cameras that cost thousands of dollars, or it took a long tedious process of stitching together photos you took with a regular DSLR.


Now, you can capture and build a 360 HDRI in minutes using this tiny camera that shoots all 360 degrees at once and an easy to use iPhone app called Simple HDR. For less than $360 you can shoot your own custom 360 HDRIs for use in 3D as Light maps, reflection maps, or landscape photography.


What You Will Need

  1. A Theta 360 Camera: This camera is a lightweight simple camera that shoots and stitches 360 photos with one click. Our app also works with the white version of this camera.
  2. Simple HDR: I collaborated to make this app with my friends over at the excellent Built Light team. We made this iPhone app to make shooting the correct bracketed images for HDR photography very simple. Choose from Pro or Auto mode and in less than 30 seconds you have a series of photos to combine together to make a full 360 HDRI.
  3. Photoshop: Use Photoshop to combine all your bracketed photos together and save as an HDR to use in your 3D program or to archive.

Buy Simple HDR From the iTunes Store

I made the short tutorial below to show you the entire workflow from start to finish.

How-To Tutorial

Thanks again to Built Light for helping make this app. Please let us know what you think of the app and also give us a review on iTunes if you like it. It really helps us get the word out. I really hope it helps you make great HDRIs.

Sample 360s From Simple HDR



Example 360 From Theta 360

Simple HDR Demo Video 360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Pinball – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Rendered With An HDRI Made With Simple HDR


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