How to make a seamless 360 degree panorama photo, easily.

Review and recommendations on how to photograph a 360 degree panorama seamlessly, no stitching, no awkward joints; flawless, continuous virtual reality by Better Light software. Michael Collette's Better Light adaptation of the Dicomed Field Pro (which he also invented) is the ideal way to make a distortion-free wide angle photograph. You get all the detail that you expect from a 4x5 large format view camera.

Panorama Photagraphy of Atitlan
Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

The basic (non-panorama) model of Dicomed has been replaced by several new models, including the BetterLight Super 6K. The basic (non-panorama) model of the Better Light is also available directly from BetterLight.

We use a Cambo Ultima 4x5 camera for studio work and a Linhof for wide angle out in the field, since the Linhof has a wide angle bellows that is infrared proof. A camera bellows must be shielded against infrared; the lens is shielded by a digital infrared filter. We also recommend the Arca Swiss camera for precision movements.

Durst Rho 800 Uv inkjet printer.  Betterlight large format digital camera
Image from BetterLight being printed in Lienz, Austria at the manufacturing plant of the Durst Rho 800 Presto.

The complete panorama system is easily portable.

The entire system is battery operated, so can be used anywhere. 

Michael Collette has developed a significantly improved version that uses USB-2. The new BetterLight is faster, weighs less than the one we have, and is better in every aspect (though the original was, in its day, very impressive).

Contact is Mike Collette at


Most recently updated Jan. 19, 2006.
Previously updated August 5, 2001 Design updated 9/4/2001.