Taking Spinner 360 Photos on Manual Speed


Have you tried to take night photo or indoor photo with your spinner and it was too dark? Did you try to use manual speed and got results that looked like a lot of stripes in different exposures? I have a tipster for you!

I bought my Spinner 360 and I thing it’s an amazing invention. You can get really differetent and interesting perspective of the world from this camera.

Shooting in daylight is really simple and easy to do, as you only have to choose between sunny day and cloudy apertures, then pull the cord. Tadah! It’s like magic. It’s amazing—straight lines become curves, a circle looks in flat perspective. It’s without a doubt a UNIQUE result.

But what happens if I want to take a night or indoor photo? The lights are not enough for just pulling the cord; you have to do it in MANUAL.

How? You take the handle with one hand and spin the camera slowly with your other hand. This allows your camera to receive enough light for your picture. But wait! This is not really easy, because your hand can’t spin 360 degrees and there is less control of other objects in constant and perfect speed.

I tried it many times and the results were not really bad when I had a lot of indoor lights. But, I always had something like stripes. They look like stripes of different exposures. This is because your hand can’t do it perfectly.

That’s why I needed an easy way to take a picture with less lights, and I finally, I found it! I think it’s really useful:

1. Put your camera in a tripod
2. Hold the camera with your right hand (the upper part, not the handle)
3. Walk around the tripod, holding the camera in constant speed.

It’s really simple; this allows you to take spins that you want. It depends on you and you don’t need to appear in your photo because you are always behind the camera.

The most important thing is that the result doesn’t have weird stripes because it’s really easy. I hope you find this tip useful!

written by jonathansajoux on 2012-04-10 in #gear #tipster #camera #spinner-collection-2012 #peru #spinner-360 #indoors-lights #spinner-360-tips #tipster #taking-manual-speed-photos #night-light #lomography #tips


  1. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    great tipster, will try it soon :)

  2. mikeydavies
    mikeydavies ·

    ordered mine yesterday, cant wait to try!

  3. ceedeehr
    ceedeehr ·

    Do you pull the string, then hold spinner a walk around or just grab it on top and walk around? in what direction? (clockwise i assume)

  4. jonathansajoux
    jonathansajoux ·

    You can spin the camera only in one direction(clockwise). In manual mode you don't pull the string just do it with your hands.

  5. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    would you advise on how fast to turn depending on the available light? :)

  6. jonathansajoux
    jonathansajoux ·

    I didn't tell how fast, all light conditions are different but is simply idea: less lights= slower speed.
    It's for that's why you need to do it manual because pulling string is too faster for low lights. But I think you could find the good speeds after your first film trying.

  7. jamiew
    jamiew ·

    Thanks for the tips.

  8. toledomatt
    toledomatt ·

    Great tipster, so simple. Thanks!

  9. amytam
    amytam ·

    Great tip! Must try it out soon!

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