How to Create a Real Fisheye Picture With Your iPhone

by Albert R.


  • iPhone
  • Photosynth app
  • Any photo editing app
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    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'.

    Step 2

    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.

    Step 3

    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.

    Step 4

    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

    Step 5

    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.

    Step 6

    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.

    Step 7

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

    Step 8

    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.

    Step 9

    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.

    Step 10

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

    Step 11

    Another example I took some days ago.