Sometimes, during my hectic schedule as a staff newspaper photographer for the Rockford Register Star, I get the time to experiment with alternative ways of showing what a story looks like. For a couple years now, I’ve been experimenting with making 360-degree photographs and videos. I’m self-taught and I have a lot of fun diving into this new way of seeing and presenting the world.
By leading by example, shooting first and then asking permission (or forgiveness) from my great editors, I hope to show the emerging value of 360, immersive storytelling to my audiences.
Overall, 360 imaging is getting more and more popular. The cameras are getting cheaper to buy, easier to use and the image quality is increasing. For the later half of the year, I’ve been using the Ricoh Theta V camera. Publishing platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Squarespace and Knight Lab make it pretty seamless to post and share 360 photos and video.
Looking ahead to 2019, follow my work online at the newspaper and Instagram (@scottpyates), for more stories in 360. Enjoy!