How to synth an object


So you want to show your cousin in Cupertino your antique umbrella stand, or show your friend in Fargo that cool old microphone you scored on eBay?  Here’s how to use Photosynth to make the most of it:
– Take a photo about every 15-degrees—which means, for something like a vase, you’ll need at least 24-photos to get all the way around it perfectly.  If the object you’re shooting is not convex, you’ll probably need even more.
– Make sure you put the object right in the center of the picture, and that you can see the entire object. Take a picture, rotate the object 15 degrees, and then take another one.  Do that until you get all the way around the object.
– Shoot lots of close-ups.
– It’s better to move the camera around the object than to move the object around and have the camera stay in one place.  Look at the difference between this synth and this one.


Comments (4)

  1. GoodTV says:

    I would think the best setup for shooting objects would be a light tent or other background material that is white or plain. Place the object on a lazy susan. Mark the exact center and center the object above it. Put your camera on a tripod and frame the object. If it’s a tall object then shoot in portrait mode. Spin the object as you look through the camera. If the edges of the object stay in the same spot, then it’s centered. Spin the lazy susan an inch or so every shot until you get 20-30 shots. Raise and lower the camera for different angles if it adds something to the visibility of the object. Sometimes I think that too many photos can just make the synth confusing, but more is usually better than less.

  2. Hi

    I’m proud of my last synth :

    That’s the first of lot of synth.

    Can I suggest  a few things :

    don’t keep synth more than 50 % more than one day

    add an option to geo localize the synth we do

    add an option to sort search result by synth %

    Thanks a lot !!

    Laurent Gébeau – toutwindows.com

  3. Roytheartist says:

    Richard! Your Cake synth is superb, really works well.