4. Create a ‘photosphere’
Photospheres are created by compositing a series of landscape photos into a circular image. What makes fine-art photographer Wouter van Buuren’s Shanghai composite stand out, however, is the vantage point he’s used when taking the original shots.
Where most photospheres are taken from the ground, Wouter takes his from the highest building he can find, resulting in impressive circular cityscapes he calls ‘planetspheres’.
Here, Wouter went to the top floor of a 55-storey building, then shot across and down from a ladder on the rooftop.
“My works are composed of about 100 photographs,” he says. “I collage them together and leave them intentionally unmanipulated. The different pictures can still be distinguished. It’s OK when art hurts a bit. I want it to show the process of making in the end result.”
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- From a high vantage point, set a narrow aperture in Manual, alter the shutter speed until what’s below is well exposed, then focus a third into the scene and switch to manual focus (find out what you need to know about manual focus to get sharp images).
- Point your camera at the horizon and take a series of images, turning slightly after each shot. When you’ve come full circle, take more, with the camera angled down. Continue until you have several panoramic circles using increasingly vertical angles.
- In Photoshop, collage all the shots into a sphere using the Free Transform tool.