Give it a Shot - Digital Promise

Give it a Shot

Objective: Students will create a 360˚ photo of a meaningful moment or setting.

Tools/Materials Required: A smartphone with data/wifi or a 360˚ camera

Depth of Knowledge: Skills and Concepts

Teacher’s notes are in purple. For the student’s version, see Give it a Shot Student Guide.


Prepare: Learn about the key ideas in this project

360˚ media is an exciting medium that immerses the audience in every direction at once — up, down, and all around. Viewers are placed in the center of the action and can choose from what direction they want to experience what’s happening around them. It’s an immersive experience, as if the viewer were dropped into someone else’s shoes to see a moment from their perspective.

From a production perspective, 360˚ brings many new challenges and opportunities. For example, the concept of “behind the camera” no longer exists! Photos and videos can be viewed on the web, mobile devices or a VR headset where the user can “look around” the scene by turning and tilting their head.

In this project, you will get started with 360˚ media by using your smartphone to create a 360˚ photo of a moment or setting that is meaningful to you.

Before getting started, take a look at this 360˚ photo from photographer Klaus Friese and discuss:

  • Why do you think this photo was created in 360˚?
  • How might the photo be different if it were a traditional rectangular photo?

Practice: Try as many activities as you would like to build your skills

Brainstorm ideas for what your 360˚ photo will be about. Use the Personalize Your Challenge activity to explore ideas.

Consider what might be compelling for a viewer to see in a 360° photo. What will your viewer see when they look up, down, and around your photo?

Experiment taking 360˚ photos! Download Google Street View on your smartphone and follow the directions on the app to take a 360˚ photo. If you need a prompt to get started, try out our collection of 360˚ photography guides.


Produce: Dig into the project and make it your own!

Go out and take your 360˚ photo showing a moment or setting that is meaningful to you. You can share your photo by exporting it to your favorite social media or photo hosting platform.

If you’re interested in creating a 360˚ film, check out the 360° Production Guide.


Produced by Digital Promise Global, with thanks to the Open Educational Resources listed throughout this guide. Distributed to Learning Studios schools as part of HP, Inc. and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You may share this project or modified versions of it under this same license.

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