This week seen me visit another beautiful location here in the North East. 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 though about doing something out of the ordinary.

For this images all you need is a camera and tripod and editing software. I used Adobe Photoshop CC. To achieve the look, 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 I. Manual mode so all images are the same.

I shoot in RAW but if you shoot in JPEG the stitching and processing will be faster to to be file being compressed.

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”

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This effect creates a small planet. It’s different and exciting to look at and be created in almost an location.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.


  1. Right, I am going to have to try this. I’ve seen similar images produced int he past and marvelled at how they’ve been done. now I know! Thanks Lewis and hope Movember was a fundraising success for you!


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