Uploading your images to your LomoHome and emailing it to your friends is nice and cozy – but nothing compares to a real life print that you can smell, touch and feel. In fact, you can do so much with Lomography Spinner 360° images that it’s an absolute must to print them out. You can make your own large format posters, create postcards, illustrate your living room and toilet and make the best works of art and presents to the world. Here we present a few options of what you can do to make your Lomography Spinner 360° dream become a reality.
Ask your lab what is the biggest print size their normal printing machine can do. A minilab that is operated by most labs can usually do prints up to a maximum length of 30cm (11.8 inch). This is a good size for a normal Lomography Spinner 360° print keeping in mind that the height/length ratio is about 1 to 5. If you print your image shorter than 30cm the height of your image will also go down and you won’t be able to see much of that image anymore. Thus, 30cm in length is the way to go.
Three Standard Steves manually cut out from an A4 print.
If you’ve got a full length 360° panorama, the height of the image will be about 4.5cm (1.8. inch). However, as you can also shoot partial panoramas with the Lomography Spinner 360°, it depends a lot how long each image you want to print really is. The best thing is to show the lab technician your negatives and scans and choose the best printing option together.
A standard print 4.5x30 cm (1.8x11.8 in) and the according negative
But what if there’s no expert around? For example, if you order prints online, in the drug store or via mail order? There’s a trick: most labs do standard prints up to A4 size (a standard size used in most countries in the world). The length of such a paper is 297mm, that is approx. 30cm and thus perfect for a Lomography Spinner 360° printout. However, the height of an A4 paper is 210mm, and that’s enough to fit 3 to 4 Lomography Spinner 360° images on it. The twist is: you manually assemble 3 to 4 scans of your image in a document exactly the size of A4 (210 x 297mm) and print this file. This results in letter-sized photographs with 3 to 4 Lomography Spinner 360° images on it. Next you just take a pair of scissors and cut your photographs out.
Voilà, you’ve now got your Lomography Spinner 360° images beautifully printed out in a standard size any lab should be able to do!
This is an amazing option that really shows the beauty of 360° panoramas. Instead of printing one large image you divide your picture into several parts and print it out bit by bit. When you have all the images in front of you, stitch them back together to make a wonderful giant image. Considering that photo prints don’t cost more than a few cents nowadays, this is an option low in cost and effort with breathtaking results.
Lomography Spinner 360° images come out wonderfully when printed on 3 to 4 seperate images of 13x18cm each. The images are put back together using an adhesive panel. Any lab, mail order service or drugstore will print photos in a size of 13x18cm (5.1x7.1 in). All you have to do is split your panoramic image in parts that are exactly this size, send them to print and stitch ‘em back together. Depending on the size you want your images, you can divide your panorama in 4 parts, 8 parts, 16 parts or even 36 parts – this results in an image of 1 metre or longer!
But how do you divide your images in several parts and be sure they are printed out to your liking? We’ve got a little tutorial for you that tells you the basics of the Patchwork Pete. Read tipster
Lisa with a Patchwork Pete consisting of 20 individual 13x18cm prints held together by Lomography Fotoclips
Severin with a vertical Patchwork Pete consisting of 16 individual prints
Maya with a Patchwork Pete consisting of 36 individual prints stitched together by several adhesive panels in the back
If you’re not really into stitching and DIY, there’s the large scale print option in professional photo labs. Pro labs have special printers that can print out images in one go – usually the sizes range from 30 x 45cm (11.8 x 17.7 in) to 100 x 200cm (39.4 x 78.7 in) or larger. There’s a variation of materials too, from classic photo paper to linen and translucent materials. Just ask your lab of choice what they have on offer to make the best choice for you.