Panoramic Imaging has been a fairly large part of my career when working on productions featuring 3D Visual Effects. Combining Spherical Panorama with High Dynamic Range shooting techniques enables us to capture a full 360x180 degree Spherical High Dynamic Range Image, or HDRI. This HDRI is then used in various applications for Image Based Lighting revealing the color, detail, and light intensity of the entire scene. This provides a fast and accurate way to generate realistic computer generated lighting based on the live action scene where the HDRI is captured. When I started shooting Spherical HDRIs we used film cameras and custom rigs. This eventually was developed into a system I created called Panorganizer. This system allows for quick on set capture, organization, and delivery of high resolution HDRIs meeting the speed and workflow needs for VFX productions. I've personally shot thousands of HDRIs at this point and there are now several Panorganizer rigs capturing HDRIs on feature films shooting around the world.
Below are a few HDRIs that I'm rather fond of. Make sure to try out right clicking and selecting different projection types. Also, there's a button in the lower right corner to enter and exit fullscreen mode.