Expert tips for your KeyMission 360

Getting used to a 360° field of view

The KeyMission 360's two lenses have a combined field of view of 360°. Individually, the field of view is roughly 180° for each lens. This ultra-wideangle field of view records everything the camera sees, so you don't need to pan or tilt the camera or turn it; your viewer can do this as they watch your footage. Place your subjects relatively close to the camera's lenses, but try to stay at least five feet from the sides of the camera so the stitching between the two lenses will be smoother and cleaner, and details won't be clipped off.

Orient the camera

Remember to orient the camera before shooting – the Nikon logo is at the top of the front lens, and the NIKKOR logo at the top of the back lens. This is important when reviewing your video if you ever want to return to the home position. Also, keep the base of the camera level to the horizon line in your scene to ensure your viewers don't lose their sense of balance.

Stay out of shot

If you don't want to be visible in your video, use a handy grip or extension arm to hold the camera directly over your head so you won't be picked up by either lens. If you do want to be in your video, but want to start off with your subject in frame rather than yourself, make sure the front lens is pointing away from you.

Minimise distortion

One of the biggest factors to think about is distortion – you really have to think about how close your subject is to the camera. If it's too far away, it will be too small in the frame, and if you're too close, it will be distorted. You have to be aware of the distance to your subject, no matter if you've set up the camera or you're carrying it. So you need to be at the heart of the action, because that's where the 360-view pulls you – right into the middle of the scene.

Sounds right

While editing is as important as composition in directing your viewers' attention, don't neglect sound. Because you don't have the usual degree of control over what's framed in the shot – basically, everything is – then using sound is a great way to direct viewers to what's important, otherwise they might turn around and miss the action completely. Say you're doing a natural-history film, and a herd of deer comes by, then you could use the sounds of them trotting by to alert viewers to the direction they need to look in to see them.

• Read through the quick-start guide and download the reference guide here for more detailed advice and information. You can also visit Digitutor for a series of quick videos on making the most of your KeyMission 360.