MIT IAP 2021—Creating, editing, and distributing 360 photography

This course will provide a thorough introduction to the art and technology behind 360 degree immersive photography and how to integrate photographic and graphically produced content into finished VR applications and experiences. Through a combination of background lectures and hands-on workshops, this course will give you the skills you need to become a 360 photographer or filmmaker.

The course will take students through over a century and a half history of panoramic photography, ranging from the pre-Civil War era to the present day world of virtual reality. A wide range of use-cases for these types of images will be presented, as well as how to use them to increase viewer interaction and immersion. Students will be introduced to the specialized cameras and editing software packages used in this field, as well as the various online sites and file formats necessary to distribute immersive content for technical and artistic uses. To view the images created with the 360 camera provided to the participants, we will also provide on loan a Quest 2 VR headset. 

This workshop will be hosted by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab, which before the class begins, will send you a kit containing a 360 degree camera, a Quest 2 VR headset and a monopod. This kit will be expected to be returned upon the completion of the class, as it will be offered to the next set of participants. Rus Gant, Director of the Harvard Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory and an international 3D artist, computer engineer and educator, will be leading the workshop. 
Participation is limited to 10 enrollees per session on a first come, first serve basis. Preference may be given to those with urgent research needs. Participants must be located in the United States, due to shipping of the equipment. Shipping costs will be covered by MIT.nano.

Participants will need to have a Facebook account, or be willing to make a temporary Facebook account, to pair for use with the Oculus headset.

Given the limited number of participants we can accommodate, we will communicate with you by December 22nd regarding your participation in the class.
Mailing address during IAP:
If local, a kit will be delivered. Participants must be in the United States for shipping.
Have you ever used Adobe Premiere?
Please indicate which session you would like to attend:
If your first choice session is full, are you able to attend the other session?
Have you ever used an Oculus Quest headset?
Do you foresee any problems with using a headset?
This would include any issues with vision.