How to Create a Real Fisheye Picture With Your iPhone

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What is a fisheye lens? Is an ultrawide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image. (Wikipedia) Ok let's create it 'virtually'.

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What this tutorial is based on is in taking a 180x180°-squared panorama, and when seeing it flattened (not spherical 360-180°) creates a fisheye look.

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Download Photosynth app from the App Store, it's free and has no ads. Read the in-app quick tutorial to know how to use it, it's really simple.

Download Photosynth app from the App Store, it's free and has no ads. Read the in-app quick tutorial to know how to use it, it's really simple.

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How to get the best fisheye effect: Closer subject or straight lines looks better when 'fisheyed' // Take a 180x180° panorama (left-right-up-down) without moving your body // Has to be a squared pano

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This is the original image exported from Photosynth. I've tried to make it squared, and it's about 180x180° (a bit less), but it's ok.

This is the original image exported from Photosynth. I've tried to make it squared, and it's about 180x180° (a bit less), but it's ok.

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Using any photo editing app (I use and recommend Filterstorm) I've cropped it squared and improved it a little bit using two masks of levels and curves.

Using any photo editing app (I use and recommend Filterstorm) I've cropped it squared and improved it a little bit using two masks of levels and curves.

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And I gave it a dramatic look with some adjustments and the Sutro Instagram filter. That's the final picture.

And I gave it a dramatic look with some adjustments and the Sutro Instagram filter. That's the final picture.

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Note the visual distortion on the sideway buildings, improving the fisheye effect. This is because the original image derived from a spherical image (partial 360x180°) that became flattened.

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Also note that a simple camera capture would be like that, about 1/8 or less of the final fisheye image, so it's what a fisheye lens does.

Also note that a simple camera capture would be like that, about 1/8 or less of the final fisheye image, so it's what a fisheye lens does.

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Any questions or suggestions, just ask or leave a comment ;) I'm albertruefoto on Instagram.

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Another example I took some days ago.

Another example I took some days ago.

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