Welcome to the tech lab, where the secrets of spinouts are revealed! Well, at least some.

Equipment list:

- 4x5 Camera and Lens
- Better Light Scanning Back
- Better Light Pano adapter with turntable
- Lights

Technical Information:

The Better Light scanning back captures images with a sensor having three rows of pixels, one each for red, green, and blue. Each color's row can be up to 10,000 pixels long. The scanning back goes in the back of the 4x5 camera and receives the light that enters through the lens. It records the image formed by the lens by moving the sensor across the scanning back.

When the Pano adapter is attached to the scanning back the sensor is locked in place in the center rather than moving across the entire back. This allows the Pano adapter to do the movement instead. If it is placed beneath the 4x5 camera it will rotate the camera to make a panoramic shot. If the adapter is placed in front of the camera, typically with a turntable attached on top, it will spin the subject up to 400 degrees instead of moving the camera at all.

To make a typical rollout, the scanning back is placed in the 4x5 camera horizontally, so the sensor is vertical. I put the scanning back in vertically which caused the sensor to be horizontal. As the subject rotates, the sensor merely returns the data it sees, three lines of pixels at a time. And then, a spinout is born.

This is only one way to create a spinout. There are many variations and tricks that can be done by altering angle, lights, subject, rotation, and more, some of which I have experimented with over the last few years. But these are the basics! Below is an example with stills from the real subject, then what happens to it after being spun out.

Now that you know how a basic spinout is made and how a spinout works, try to predict how the outcome of the setup below (one of my earliest) will turn out!

A few tips and things to keep in mind:

-This picture is the beginning (top) of the spinout. In other words, this is the first line of data.
-The blue line is what the sensor sees (I cropped out the irrelevant parts).
-In this particular scan, the turntable will rotate clockwise 360 degrees.

The Subject
Click on the image to see the result!

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