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How to Shoot a 360-Degree Panorama Using a Christmas Ornament

Ryan Burnside recently set out to find a cheap way to shoot 360-degree panoramas of scenes, and discovered that shooting a Christmas ornament (or any other spherical reflection) captures all the information needed — all that’s needed is a way to “unravel” the spherical image. Burnside found that the free image editor GIMP can do the trick.

Here are the steps:

  1. Shot a top-down photograph of a Christmas ornament (perhaps using a tripod).
  2. Crop the image into a neat square that bounds the ornament
  3. Run Filters->Distorts->Polar Coordinates and uncheck “To Polar”
  4. Scale the width by 314% (PI times the height)

Voila! A cheap and easy way to shoot a 360 panorama!

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  • Heyitsjordansmith

    Any way to do this in photoshop?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joakim.bidebo Joakim Bidebo

    ofc. in Photoshop.
    3. Run Filter / Distorts / Polar Coordinates… and check “Polar to rectangular”.

  • http://twitter.com/Leo14 Leonidas

    good job dude 

  • http://www.bycostello.com Bycostello

    i like.. quite ‘lomo’ style..

  • NEF2JPG

    You don’t even notice the tripod and the picture has nice warm, natural tones and a soft look. This groundbreaking technique is the future of real estate photography for sure !

  • NEF2JPG

    You don’t even notice the tripod and the picture has nice warm, natural tones and a soft look. This groundbreaking technique is the future of real estate photography for sure !