Thomas Erh is the founder of SHOTS 360 – a company that works with 360
degrees images, virtual tours, gigapixel imaging, as well as still images mixing advertising photography and panoramic photography techniques.
Currently, SHOTS 360 creates VR photography for the most diverse areas of commercial and industrial photography. Its portfolio holds clients from many different industries, including Peugeot, Renault, The Elvis Presley Experience, Dinner in the Sky, New Holland Agriculture, Coca-Cola, Melissa, among others.
Besides having already been a jury in the 2014 edition of The Epson International Photographic Pano Awards, Thomas has been either shortlisted or won several prizes to this date:
- Has won with the highest scoring ranking to date for an IVRPA member –
Epson Pano Awards, 2013.
- Shortlisted among the 5 top photographers – Epson International
Photographic Pano Awards, 2012.
- Had two of his images shortlisted among the 50 top images – Epson
International Photographic Pano Awards, 2011.
- Won 3rd place with a Virtual Tour at the International Panoramic Contest,
IVRPA/Photokina Edition, 2010.
Due to the excellence of his work, Erh has been invited to hold a lecture about his
work on the IVRPA – NYC2012, The International Panoramic Photography Conference, held in 2012 in New York City. His lecture was named “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, in which he presented what is believed to be the first 360 degrees panoramic in motion (Panning) using the multi-row technique.
Thomas grew up in a family which has always breathed photography, so his
passion for the art developed at a very early age and has been engrained in his ”DNA” ever since. Mr. Erh’s father was a cinema photography director, and his mother worked for Kodak for many years. Thomas’ brother is also in the creative industry, having worked as an art director in a number of top advertising agencies, before founding his own agency.
Erh has graduated in advertising at the Pontifical University of Rio Grande do Sul
(PUC-RS), in Porto Alegre (southern Brazil), and soon started working in the largest advertising photography studio of his city in 1998, where he learned the various processes involving commercial photography.
His first company, called Thomas Erh Photography, was founded in 2003. However, as he became increasingly interested in 360 degrees photography, he would later decide to focus his work mainly in the 360 degrees imaging, founding SHOTS 360 in 2008.