Mini Photo Planet – How to guide

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.

For this image 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 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”


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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.



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. 3rd December 2017 / 8:09 am

    I love it! A different way to display a beautiful location #mysundayphoto

  2. 3rd December 2017 / 8:35 am

    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!

  3. 3rd December 2017 / 9:34 am

    Wow!!! That looks really amazing Lewis. Great effect

  4. 3rd December 2017 / 10:21 am

    I’ve done this before. I had a 360 camera but after a while I kept forgetting to take it out. The lighthouse works well

    Thank you for linking up

  5. 3rd December 2017 / 1:33 pm

    That is really clever! What a great photo x

  6. 3rd December 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I love making these. Mine never turn out that good though. Well done! #MySundayPhoto

  7. 7th December 2017 / 5:12 pm

    What an interesting capture. #MySundayPhoto

  8. 23rd November 2018 / 2:40 am

    That looks like where the Little Prince lived. #MyFridayPhoto

  9. 25th November 2018 / 6:53 am

    That’s beautiful – a great way to look differently at something. I saw it and thought of The Little Prince too 😀

    • 27th November 2018 / 7:16 am

      It isn’t that bad actually. Doesn’t take as long as you think. I’ll be doing some photography tutorials very soon over on my YouTube

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