I have been interested in photography and its development for sometime but I have been utterly blown away by Microsoft’s new release!
its is truly amazing and needs to be seen to be believed so go and check it out http://photosynth.net
It enables you to create a 3D world from a collection of photos. My humble words can not do this project justice, please visit the site and enjoy the future now!
It has the potential to revolustionise digital archaeology and virtual archaeology
Here is a synth I created
A Photosynth “how to” from http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/
Because Photosynth uses photos differently than other photographic processes, it means you’re going to have to shoot your scene or object in a way you may not be used to. Among the things we did lots of times before learning not to:
– Not taking enough pictures. Photosynth requires lots of images. With memory card prices going down and sizes going up, go crazy and take more than you think you’ll need. You really want to cover your subject thoroughly. But don’t just shoot random pictures—think about how they’re going to tie together, and how you’ll be navigating through your synth. Be methodical about how you shoot.
– Taking pictures that don’t knit together. We repeat this lot, but that’s because it’s so important: each of your pictures should have at least 50% overlap from the previous picture. When you take pictures at drastically different angles Photosynth can’t match them up and you end up with ‘orphans’, pictures that don’t connect to any others. So even though you’ve taken lots of pictures (because you read the paragraph just above this one), that doesn’t mean you should use them all –leave out the ones that won’t connect to the others.
– Poor choice of subject. Things with extremely complex or repeating patterns don’t usually work very well (like a willow tree, for example). Things that are really colorful make great pictures, but not great synths, because Photosynth doesn’t look at color, it looks at texture. Look at the ‘Nice and Synthy’ section of the photosynth.com site, and see what worked. Look at the 2-D view of the pictures and see how they fit together, how many pictures were used, and the angle at which they were taken.
So, let’s get synthing!
Synthing tips: How to synth a room
Maybe you want to show off your newly-remodeled downstairs. Or you want to let your friends see how you’ve decorated your room. Or you want to remember the amazing luxury condo you went through. Photosynth can help. Here are some tips so you’ll get the best synth of an interior space:
1. Start by standing in the center of the room and shooting a panorama—turn slightly and take pictures 360-degrees all around you. Make sure you have lots of overlap between pictures—50% works really well. Make sure you use a tripod and that your camera stays level throughout the panorama—otherwise it won’t synth very well. Start with your camera zoomed out as far as you can for the widest possible shots—then do it again with the camera zoomed in progressively closer , so for each position you’ve got a wide shot, medium shot and close-up.
Shoot a panorama from the center of the room
2. Next, stand in each of the room’s corners and shoot the rest of the room, again with lots of overlap between shots, first wide, then closer. Then stand in the center of each wall and do the same thing.
Shoot from the corners, then from the center of each wall
3. Don’t forget the ‘rule of 3’: each part of your scene should appear in at least three different photos.