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Round and Round We Go - Turn Your Spins into Circles

In just a few easy steps, you can convert your Spinner 360 photos into circles.

1) After scanning your 360 image, open it in a photo editing software package. I use Photoshop Elements, but there are others out there that will work just as well.

2) From the Image menu >> Rotate >> Straighten and Crop.
You will want to also refine your crop boarder to make sure your edges will seam up nicely once they are joined in a circle. You can play around with the cropping as well. Things to consider at the cropping stage: Do you want the sprocket holes to show in the final image?; Do you want the edge to be a defined circle with a white edge, or smeared edges?; etc.

3) Image >> Rotate 180.
This step is optional. You will need to decide which side of the photo you want to be in the center once it is converted to a circle. The side that will be the center should be facing upwards. So in this case, the bottom of this photo will be the center once it is converted, so I want the bottom facing upwards.

4) Now, resize the image by forcing the rectangle to be a square.
Image >> Resize >> Image.
I find that 5000 pixels by 5000 pixels works well, but select the square size that works for you.

Then you can zoom out to fit the image on the screen.

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5) Now, select Filter >> Distort >> Polar Coordinates.

Click on “Rectangle to Polar”.

And, that’s it :)

Have fun converting your spins into circles!

written by mafiosa

12 comments

  1. djramsay

    djramsay

    Isn't the point of lomography not to manipulate photos digitally?

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  2. stratski

    stratski

    Rule #10: Don't worry about any rules.

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  3. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    @djramsay: that thought has certainly crossed my mind. However, I think that none of us that post photos on this site could claim to be an analogue purist. Our photos become digital as soon as they are scanned. This method is about displaying a photo in a different way, and some might argue that this is how the spinner photos were meant to be displayed. In my personal opinion, this is the eqivalent of selecting the scan window on the negative or croppong a photo. To me, lomography is simply about keeping film photography alive. I guess it's up to each of us where we draw our own lines.

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  4. lucicj

    lucicj

    Basically, this is called a stereographic panorama (or wee planet, in short). If you take enough shots you can create one using the steps described above even without a spinner camera; just make sure the photos' edges overlap each other by about 25-30%.

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  5. yyyhorn

    yyyhorn

    Great tipster lady!

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  6. yyyhorn

    yyyhorn

    Great tipster lady!

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  7. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    There have been similar tipsters created by others in the past. It's difficult to find old tipsters through this site's search feature, so I have re-created this tipster because many people have asked about it. If you do come across one of the original tipsters, please post the link in this comment section. Thank you :)

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  8. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Hey guys - just drawing your attention to this tipster since you have asked about turning Spinner 360 photos into circles in the past:)

    @koduckgirl @blueskyandhardrock @inbilicosulmondo @vincenzopaparella @sarah-addison-dobard @emperornorton

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  9. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Here are some links to earlier tipsters on this topic:

    http://www.lomograph(…)-360-photos

    http://www.lomograph(…)ning-planet

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  10. mafiosa

    mafiosa

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  11. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    To read this tipster in Spanish, click here:

    http://www.lomograph(…)-en-crculos

    And to read this tipster in Italian, click here:

    http://www.lomograph(…)nto-circles

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  12. aguillem

    aguillem

    This is always fun!
    I found this helpful tutorial whiche explains how to get better results at the junction between left and right of the foto:
    http://lomokev.com/b(…)ing-movies/

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