The 360-Degree Panohead Prototype as the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Photography tool


Go-Circle is a prototype of The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) 360-Degree Panohead developed by “Wawies” Wisnu Wisdantio [Lifepatch] and Stefanus Kushartanto [St. Joseph – The Carpenter]. Produced limited as a kit for Workshop – GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture in ICC Gallery, Tokyo, November 13rd, 2016. Also displayed in The Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia” : Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’, which is an exhibition organised by Japan Foundation Asia Center and NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) at ICC Gallery B5, Tokyo Opera City Tower, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

The 360-degree picture is a spherical image that recording the photographer surrounding areas in only one image. Nowadays, it’s become very popular and easy to create by everyone only with the help of a particular app on a Smartphone or PDA. Before it became very popular, The 360-degree picture is very hard to make and need complicated process, especially when using a Pocket camera, Digital Camera, or an analog camera. Basically, producing a 360-degree picture only need to make serial pictures about 45-50 pictures from each spot location and then stitching all together. However, the tricky part is maintaining the point of view in exact same spot. If not, there will be a parallax between each picture point of view and made the serial picture very hard to be stitched each other. In order to reduce the parallax point, there is a particular tool as camera’s tripod addition called The Panohead that have to attach between camera and tripod. More than that, the photography tools tends to be very expensive and made not many people could afford or use it.

The rivers in Jogjakarta have significant historical, economic, and social importance. However, not many people in this city aware of those rivers’ importance. It’s only known as the backyard of the city, neglected, and rarely touched.

Triggered by the curiosity of some people who never visited those rivers, a walking trip through the river banks became an embryo of a long-term river environmental monitoring project called Jogja River Project that conducted by Lifepatch.id since 2012, with the idea to share all the knowledge that they found from the river as an open-source knowledge which can be easily understood by everyone. Part of it is making interactive documentation through 360-degree pictures that took from the river center in order to make anyone who saw it can feel how it’s like when they are in the middle of the river.

Facing a situation when the photographic equipment is expensive objects, brought me as a member of Lifepatch to make an experiment of making our own Panohead Tool, which is much cheaper and affordable. From 2013, the research conducted on a “trial and error” process based on the development of my knowledge that influenced by various sources, which is made me collecting several designs as results of the research that still evolving. The most recent design is made with an adjustment mechanism so it can be used with different types of cameras and tripods.

Undeniable, most people still thinking of making a 360-degree Panohead and a 360-degree picture still remains an activity that is not easy to do. Basically, the essential idea of making the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) photography tool is trying to decrease the gap between technology and its users through examination, exploration, research, and development. Within the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethos is a practice in order to stimulate new systems and styles of living and working that develop out of the creative process of individuals.

Beside of becoming part of The river monitoring project, The DIY 360-degree Panohead are also introduced to various community and children in schools as an educational project. The design and schematic of the DIY 360-degree Panohead are open sources and available at the public online with a creative commons license. Within  The Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’, The DIY 360-degree Panohead was produced as a workshop kit on Workshop – GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture in ICC Gallery, Tokyo, November 13rd, 2016.

Reference Site:
* Detail of The DIY 360-degree Panohead Research Documentation
* Details of the workshop and The description of Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on lifepatch.org
* Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC] official website

Go-Circle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture – Workshop at NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Tokyo

DIY 360-Degree Panohead Photography tool Public Workshop



GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture is a workshop as part of the Lifepatch Exhibition on Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ that was held on Nov 1st of 2016 until March 12 of 2017 at NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Tokyo. It’s a collaboration project between Lifepatch, Japan Foundation Asia Center, and NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]. The workshop itself was held on Nov 13 of 2016 at ICC Gallery B5.

The workshop was talking about how to make simple DIY (Do It Yourself) 360-degree Panohead tripod and making panorama pictures with the Panohead tool. Nowadays, 360-degree photos as a spherical image of the photographer surrounding area became popular and easy to create with the help of a particular app on a Smartphone or PDA. But on the contrary, 360-degree hardware for Camera is expensive and not everyone can afford it. In this workshop, we will learn basic knowledge of 360-degree pictures, how to make the DIY 360-degree Tripod Panohead tools that affordable, and finally learn to produce serial pictures as basic material to make a 360-degree image. In this workshop, we will need a DIY Panohead kit, tripod, and various types of cameras, such as Pocket camera, Prosumer camera, DSLR.

Within the workshop on The Collaboration Project “Media Conscious’ in Asia”, I was part of Lifepatch make a small collaboration with “St. Joseph – The Carpenter” to built The DIY 360-Degree Panohead Kit, which is a Panohead that build limited that build based on the concept design of Panohead V.02B. Manufactured based on wood as the main material, this hardware version was made to support some from many types of cameras, such as Pocket Camera or DSLR. Besides that, it also could be attached to various types of tripods.

Reference Site:
* Details of the workshop and The description of Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on lifepatch.org
* Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] official website

Workshop of Camera Anatomy and how it works

Community Workshop Of Camera Anatomy



A small workshop about camera anatomy and how it works that was held with Lifepatch on 2 June 2013. This open and free charge workshop discussed the camera elements and how it works as a photography basic learning.

All the participant learning every part of the camera anatomy, such as cameras body and lens introduction. Also learn how to use ISO, shutter speed, and camera aperture to capture any visual information through photography.

Reference Site:

* details of workshop description on lifepatch.id


Landscape Photography Workshop – The Light Of Suro III 2012, Ponorogo

Public Presentation And Small Workshop Of Landscape Photography


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The Light Of Suro is an annual event that arranges by several photographic communities in Ponorogo, East Jawa. The name of Suro itself represents that the event is held at the same time with The Satu Suro Celebration, New Year eve at The Hijriah calendar.

The Satu Suro is the biggest ceremonial day in Ponorogo that usually being held 7 days in a row. Landscape Indonesia had been honoured to be one of many communities that invited to be a lecturer in one of many workshops in The Light of Suro III – 2012 workshops series. This event conduct on 3 days in a row, Landscape Indonesia was becoming a lecturer about the introduction of landscape photography for beginners.

For more detail information and documentation about the event: