Fisheye Frenzy: Creative Ways to Display Your Lomographs Using the Circle Cutter

Check out a really simple way to bring life to your lomographs with your fisheye circle cutter. This tutorial will explain the details, and then, it's up to you to get creative!

I was given a Fisheye Lens for my Diana+ by my gorgeous boyfriend at Christmas this year.

I loved the effects of the lens and realised that it gave me a whole new creative platform for taking photographs. I found the Fisheye Circle Cutter immediately useful for framing and displaying my fisheye photos, and then realized that it too presented a fantastic opportunity.

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The circle cutter is not only useful for trimming fisheye photos; it can be easily adjusted to make awesome displays of any of your lovely photos.

I recently coerced my dear sister into hanging upside from some monkey bars while I photographed her. I am fascinated by the way that her hair falls, and the awesome ‘upside down’ effect on her face.

Credits: raejk14

I decided that I could display these pictures in an even better way, and got to work with my circle cutter.

Equipment needed:

  • Prints of selected photos
  • Fisheye circle cutter
  • Optional: Frames/ mode of displaying the finished artworks
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Step One

Select some prints of photos that are visually dynamic in some way, or else have bold lines or patterns (cityscapes, landscapes or busy chaotic scenes would be great – as well as upside down or sideways shots). These prints can be fisheye or regular.

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Step Two

Choose the focal point of the print. Here, I have chosen Abi’s face and torso, but for other prints you may want to find the exact middle and make your circle there.

Step Three

Adjust the blades of your circle cutter to encompass the whole of this feature. You may want to mark the print with a soft chalk or pencil to make sure that it is perfect. The Circle Cutter has three choices of circle diameter; 65mm, 85mm or 95mm. It is very easy to set up by simply unscrewing the protective cover and extending the preferred blade.

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Step Four

Carefully cut a complete circle. The circle cutter makes the process safe and effortless, but it is important to remember to place something such a newspaper beneath your print, and make sure that you hold it securely in place.

Tips for Cutting: Make sure that you turn the cutter in the direction of the shortest part of the triangle blade. Hold down the red ‘button’ with one hand, and twist the blue chassis with the other.

Step Five

Separate the new circle from its border.

You now have several options. You can simply twist this circle to create a spiral effect which plays with the directional perspectives of the photo.

You can combine this circle with the border of another print for some funky effects, or you can combine a fisheye photo with the border of a similar regular photo.

Here are some examples:

Credits: raejk14

You can also adjust the circle cutter so that it cuts two circles; the central circle slightly smaller, leaving a border between the two. You can twist this independently, or remove it all together to create striking contrast.

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Once you are happy with your designs, you can glue them onto another piece of paper or card in order to secure them, and then display them proudly any way you want!

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Why not check out the Tipsters section for great ideas for displaying your new artwork!

written by raejk14 on 2012-06-19 in #gear #tipster #lomography #fisheye #art #displaying #photos #circle-cutter #tutorial #display #adaptations

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