Soratama | 宙玉

Aerial ball shooting technique : 宙に浮かぶ玉の中の光景を撮影できる宙玉(そらたま)。撮影のためにはどんな機材が必要になるのか? 撮影のコツや作例などを紹介。


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What is soratama?

“soratama” is a photographing system designed by Zenji Uehara in 2009. The clear ball fixed in front of the lens makes it possible to photograph sceneries in a ball, floating in the air.

You can either make your own soratama or buy one in stores. Starting with “soratama 72” for cameras, soratama is now available with smartphone, iPhone, and for underwater.

Shoot photos like these.


soratama 72


Which Cameras are Compatible with?

Soratama can be used only under the conditions below.
-There is a screw on the lens to fix a filter on.
-Available to take close-up photograph

Screw the soratama on to the lens to photograph. The diameter of “soratama 72” is 72mm.
Use the step-up ring or step-down ring to make it fit to your camera lens.

Because the focus will be on the clear ball near the lens, close-up photography is necessary.
To make this happen, you need to place a macro extension tube between camera body and the lens.

How to Fix on Soratama


Lenses with focal distance of 35mm (35mm equivalent length) are recommended when using “soratama 72”
If the focal distance gets to long (telephoto lens) the lens tube will also get too long in order to adjust the size of the clear ball.
Also, the range of background image would get narrowed.

More Info

For more information, please click the links below.
There are setting examples for various cameras.

Please contact via contact form should you have any question.

→ Step-up ring and Step-down ring
→ What is a Macro Extension Tube?
→ Preferable lenses
→ Setting examples
→ Contact

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There is “Soratama Photo“group in Facebook.
Please post pictures taken with Soratama here and discuss them.