If you’re into product photography, you know what a great impact a 360 degree image can have. It will instantly upgrade any website and is an excellent addition to the services you can offer your clients.
In this tutorial, originally posted by Vladimir Matiyasevich, you will learn how to build a steady 360 degree turntable and a mini studio in 5 minutes. Assuming you already own a set of speed lights, studio flashes or desk lamps, this project should cost you approximately $15 and a trip to the nearest IKEA store.
- Lazy Susan
- Desk lamps x 4 (optional)
- Binder clips x 26
- White construction paper x 2
- Double-sided tape
Let’s Get To Work
1. Place the Lazy Susan on a sheet of construction paper and use a pencil to draw a circle a few inches wider.
2. Grab those scissors and show that piece of paper what you’re made of!
3. Attach a binder clip to the Lazy Susan.
4. Repeat step #3 another 25 times.
5. Once all the binder clips are in place, fold the top part of each clip over towards the center.
6. Stick a small piece of double-sided tape in the center of the unit. Once done, expose the top side. You can loop regular tape but this will give you a smoother result.
7. Stick the paper to the Lazy Susan. You’re going to want to make sure you get it centered.
8. Tape the second sheet of paper to the wall as a backdrop and mount your lamps to the desk. If you already have a backdrop and your own lighting setup, go ahead and jump to step #9.
9. Place your new super-cool turntable on your fancy backdrop, add your product and adjust your lighting. That’s it!
10. Snap away! Rotate the table between each image.
Pro tip: use the binder clips as markings to ensure consistent rotations.
Now that you’ve built the turntable and taken the images, you’ll need to upload your photos to a platform that is able to assemble and display 360 degree images. This video shows how it’s done using Megavisor.
You’re all done!
Watch The Video
If you decide to try this out, make sure to share your results with us!