This week seen me visit another beautiful location to create an amazing effect call the Mini Photo Planet. Souter lighthouse is here in the North East and owned by National Trust. Souter lighthouse sits off the cliffs in South Shields not far from where I live.
The lighthouse is somewhere I’ve photographed a lot of over the past few years. But it’s a place that doesn’t offer much in terms of composition. I’ve tried all the angles possible. So I thought about doing something out of the ordinary.
You need to take a 360 image. To do so you take an image and then move your tripod head around an inch or 2 until you have achieved 360 degrees and ended up taking the same image as your first.
Simple yes. One thing to remember is to take these images in manual mode so all images are shot with the same settings.
I shoot in RAW but if you shoot in JPEG the stitching and processing will be faster due to the file being compressed but either is fine.
Once you have all your images. Load them into photoshop as a panorama. Then make the image square:
Go to Image > Image Size. Uncheck “Constrain Proportions” and set the height to match the width. And then you want to flip the image so it is upside down. Next click on Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates. Make sure “Rectangular to Polar” is selected and hit “OK”
NOW WE HAVE A MNI PHOTO PLANET
This effect creates a small planet. It’s different and exciting to look at and be created in almost an location.