Take your Spinner out to Dinner

Tired of taking pictures at dinners and ending up with only half of the people there visible? It's time to get yourself a Spinner 360º Motorizer!

My best Spinner 360º Motorizer shot

Dinner parties are always nice and cheerful – whether it’s with family, friends or work colleagues. But I’m never satisfied with the pictures I take in such occasions. I can never fit everyone in the picture. I only get half of the people present with their backs turned or only the ones in front are visible and they often block the rest of the group in the picture. I was never able to capture the smiles and nice ambiance that dinner parties usually have.

Does this happen to you too and you hate it? Well my friend, it is time to get yourself a *Spinner 360º Motorizer*!

The *Spinner 360º* is an awesome Lomography camera that captures 360º panoramas. If you gather people in a circle and spin the camera in the middle, you get every smiling face in the picture but in the evening or indoors, the Spinner will only work if you manage to make it spin very slowly. It is not always easy and I must say I get tired of seeing my finger in Spinner pictures.

Spinner 360º picture without the Motorizer

The Motorizer is made to solve all these Spinner problems. This wonder is actually made up of a motor wherein you can insert your Spinner and let it take pictures as it slowly rotates. It is activated by a remote control so no more fingers in the picture! You can just act like the rest of the group and you won’t look so weird in the photos. With that said, it is the perfect camera for gatherings indoors. Just put your Spinner Motorizer in the middle of the table (you can use a tripod or any furniture if people are not sitting on a table) and… push the button!

Credits: saidseni

Both the Motorizer and the Spinner are very simple to use (recently I showed it to someone who accused it of being “too simple”) and instructions are very clear so instead of telling you about the basics, I will give you some tips that I think are helpful after my experience with it.

Correct illumination
It’s always better to have the light coming from above in order to get a balanced image. The Motorizer moves slowly so a nearby lamp can become a ball of fire. Don’t forget to check the lights in the room and if you feel it’s necessary and possible, make some changes in the lighting. It will make a world of difference.

Credits: saidseni

No long tables
Circular tables work better because everyone will be on the same distance to the Spinner, meaning people will be more or less in the same size. Square tables are OK too, the only problem is with very long, rectangular tables.

The differences with shooting around a long rectangular table and a circular table

Remove tall objects
Remove tall objects in front of your Spinner like wine bottles etc. unless you want them to be the center of attraction in the picture. If there is somebody sitting behind the bottle, that person will probably not be visible in the photo. Remove the object or just move it if you want it to be in the picture – a jar with a flower always looks great.

Credits: saidseni

Be still!
I always explain to people that they have to be still when the Spinner is pointing at them. With the Motorizer, it spins very slowly. Often people are tired of waiting and distracted when the Spinner is finally pointing at them and they move in the precise moment they are being photographed. The result is either blurred or squeezed people. Sometimes it turns out to be quite funny!

Credits: saidseni

Go for high ISO
I took most of my Motorizer shots with *Lomography Color Negative 400* and had no problems with it but I’m definitely shifting to 800 ISO just to be safe. Some of the pictures get really dark if the room isn’t well illuminated when I use other ISO 400 films.

Shot with Fomapan 400 and DM Paradies 400 film

Beware of the afterparty!
If you are planning to go out after your dinner, I warn you, you will end up taking pictures with your Spinner 360º Motorizer even if you don’t have a still place to put it. What can I say? Lomo cameras and drinks, they’re a one-of-a-kind combination! You’ll get very blurred pictures for sure, but you will have a hell of a time using it with other drunk people!

Credits: saidseni

written by saidseni on 2014-07-23 in #reviews #requested-post #party #gathering #reunion #sprockets #dinner

More Interesting Articles

  • A Collection Of Awesome Konstruktor Snapshots

    written by shhquiet on 2015-04-10 in #gear #lifestyle
    A Collection Of Awesome Konstruktor Snapshots

    There's nothing more satisfying than taking fantastic photos with a camera that you built yourself. If you've always wanted to impress your friends with your mad DIY skills, pick up a Konstruktor Camera Kit and show them what you've got! It's also a cool way to get them into Lomography, because as you build the camera you'll discover how analogue photography works. Oh, and the Konstruktor takes gorgeous photos, too - check out the gallery and see what we mean!

    6
  • Get a Free Spinner 360° Motorizer When You Buy a Spinner 360° Camera!

    written by shhquiet on 2015-06-06 in #gear #news
    Get a Free Spinner 360° Motorizer When You Buy a Spinner 360° Camera!

    Enjoy shooting amazing 360-degree photographs with the Spinner 360° Camera! It gets even better when you pair it with the Spinner 360° Motorizer - a cool accessory that allows you to shoot from afar and in low-light situations. Get it free when you buy the Spinner 360° until 14th June only!

    3
  • Lomography x MELT! Winner Announcement

    written by zonderbar on 2015-07-16 in #world #competitions
    Lomography x MELT! Winner Announcement

    Together with the people behind MELT! Festival, we asked for your most beautiful festival moments in pictures. It's time to reveal the winner of two festival tickets (including camping) and more Lomography prizes.

    5
  • Shop News

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with this lens package made especially for Micro 4/3 digital cameras! Don't miss the 20% discount!

  • Photo Stories: Peeping Life by madedwicahyana

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-30 in #world #lifestyle
    Photo Stories: Peeping Life by madedwicahyana

    More than just looking at people from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds, madedwicahyana takes the time to observe and attempt to picture life from their individual perspectives.

    7
  • March Workshops and Events at Lomography Soho

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-02 in #world #news #events
    March Workshops and Events at Lomography Soho

    Those long, frosty, dark nights are finally behind us. It's time to dust of your Diana F+; wipe down your LC-A Wide and get shooting again! Join us for some fabulous workshops and events in Soho and come and visit us in March at the Birmingham NEC as part of The Photography Show 2015. Read on for the full line up.

  • Registering Moments With the Lomo'Instant

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-05-02 in #gear #lifestyle
    Registering Moments With the Lomo'Instant

    Some people say instant photos bring about a feeling of nostalgia. Although I often use the Lomo'Instant Camera with different crazy accessories such as the Splitzer and color gels, I have to agree there is something about it — dreamy vignettes maybe? — that always makes me want to go back in time and experience it all over again. In the name of analogue photography and good old memories, we passed by some classic spots in Vienna and took one shot after the other. Take a closer look at our gallery.

  • Shop News

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Snap your happy memories with the medium format Diana F+ Cortina! This special edition camera is a nod to fun winter holidays: snow-capped mountains, skiing and good times with friends and family!

  • Bright and Colorful Lomographs Courtesy of the Diana Flash Rumble Winners

    written by lomography on 2015-12-07 in #world #news #competitions
    Bright and Colorful Lomographs Courtesy of the Diana Flash Rumble Winners

    Shooting at night or under low light conditions? Brighten up your snapshots with a burst of light with the Diana Flash! Take a look at these photographs courtesy of our rumble winners to see how it's ought to be done.

    4
  • Scenes from the City with the New Petzval Lens

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-30 in #gear #news #lifestyle
    Scenes from the City with the New Petzval Lens

    The new Petzval Lens has proven itself a master of close-up shots and soulful portraits time and time again. Now some of our talented community members have stepped it up a notch and aimed the Petzval at city-scapes. From snow-capped pedestrians, couples chatting in parks, bustling markets, or people waiting to get on the metro - the beautiful banalities of city life are covered in these eloquent shots. Scroll through this gallery we've put together just for you to get a taste of the Petzval's urban potential!

  • An Instant Review: Pixelstick Shots from Lomography Hong Kong!

    written by candilsw on 2015-05-21 in #gear #lifestyle
    An Instant Review: Pixelstick Shots from Lomography Hong Kong!

    Pixelstick is exactly the must-get tool to create mind-blowing light paintings with different colours and patterns: 1.8 meter long, 200 full colour and high fidelity LEDs! Grab your camera with long exposure mode and a tripod, and you can create dozens of dreamy pictures just by moving your Pixelstick in the dark. Take a peep at our friends from Lomography Hong Kong’s shots with the Pixelstick!

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Solar Eclipses and Beyond

    written by pan_dre on 2015-03-20 in #gear #news
    Solar Eclipses and Beyond

    The skies were busy with magic today — or maybe it was just the solar eclipse that caused all that ruckus? Decked out in space-age goggles and other various sun viewing paraphernalia, groups of people gathered as the moon moved between the sun and the earth this morning across Europe. Only a few lucky folks witnessed the total eclipse, and here at Vienna HQ, the greatest moment of the partial eclipse happened at 10:45 A.M. and lasted only a few minutes. We stopped everything we were doing to join the sky watchers crew and share in this astonishing moment. Check out these brilliant solar-inspired shots to celebrate the occasion!

  • 50 Electrifying Light Paintings From The Lomography Community

    written by tomas_bates on 2015-08-17 in #gear #news
    50 Electrifying Light Paintings From The Lomography Community

    Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!

    5
  • Travel Stories: June '15 in Peru by sallycanela

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-08-11 in #world #locations
    Travel Stories: June '15 in Peru by sallycanela

    You know that place you always picture in your head when you think of your dream holiday destination? That was Machu Picchu for me. Last May I decided to go for it and embarked on a two-and-a-half-week trip around Peru with my boyfriend.

    8