Loading the film
To take your first shots you need to load the camera with 35mm film. This film can be purchased and developed everywhere. Follow these instructions to load your camera properly:
To make sure that your images are correctly exposed you must adjust the aperture setting  on your camera to match the film you are using and the environment that you are shooting in. The Lomography Spinner 360° has two aperture settings: f/16 (sun icon) and f/8 (cloud icon). The shutter speed (i.e. the rotation speed) of the camera lies between 1/125 and 1/250 of a second. The sunny/cloudy setting on the camera is designed for use with a standard ISO 400 film. Practically you should keep 3 points in mind:
- 1. Always set the camera to the correct aperture. If you are outside in the sun and you are using ISO 400 film set the aperture to the 'sunny' setting. If it’s a rather cloudy day set the aperture to the 'cloudy' setting.
- 2. If you are using ISO 100 or 200 film always set the aperture to 'cloudy'.
- 3. If you are indoors always set the aperture to 'cloudy'.
The Lomography Spinner 360°'s rotation speed is between 1/125 and 1/250 of a second and makes the camera especially suitable for shooting outdoors in daylight. If you are in low light conditions (indoors, artificial light settings etc.) you can make the camera turn slower by releasing the cord slowly by hand. For long exposures hold the camera's Handle  in one hand and turn the camera with the other hand. That way you can manually adjust the shutter speed of the camera.
Adjusting Camera Settings
Rewinding and Removing the Film
After shooting up to 8 panoramas your film comes to an end. You will realise this when the Cord  doesn’t go inside the Handle  anymore and the camera doesn’t turn anymore. It’s now time to rewind your film:
- 1. Switch the Aperture Setting  to 'R' ('R' stands for rewind mode).
- 2. Detach the Rubber Ring  from the camera.
- 3. Turn the Rewind Lever  clockwise until the pressure slackens. Don’t stop turning until you feel the tension completely drop off. Only then can you be sure that your film is safely stored in its container.
- 4. Now open the camera's Rear Door  by pulling down the Door Lock , pull up the Rewind Crank  and take your film out.
- 5. Insert a new film, set the Aperture  back to 'sunny' or 'cloudy' and re-attach the Rubber Ring  to the camera.
- Remember that when holding the camera in front of you (as you would with other cameras) you will always be in the picture. To avoid this you must either be invisible or use a different shooting position/technique. For some suggestions check out the Lomography Spinner 360° Shooting Techniques section.
- Experiment with the endless possibilities of shooting with the Lomography Spinner 360°. Each angle and each movement makes a real change in the final result. This camera makes you shoot in a completely different way than you are used to. Go wild!
- When you shoot you should always hear a 'buzz' coming from the camera. This is a good sign because it means that the film is advancing inside the camera and that you are therefore taking pictures. If you don’t hear any sound while the camera is turning, its Aperture Setting  is most probably set to 'R' – which means that the aperture is totally closed and you are not shooting any pictures. As long as your Aperture Setting  is either set to 'sunny' or 'cloudy' the camera will make a buzzing sound and is operating properly.
- You don’t always have to take 360° pictures. For example, if you want to shoot just a 180° picture pull the Cord  only halfway and release it. The camera will perform only half a rotation. You can also turn the camera manually for any angle you wish from 1° to 360°.
- Use the Water-Level  on top of the camera to check the angle you are shooting with. If the bubble is right in the middle of the Water-Level  your camera is perfectly balanced and ready for an even landscape shot.