Capture like a pro (Part 1): Quick start

The new Photosynth in our technical preview combines the tactile smoothness of a stitched panorama with the kind of motion through space that you see in video from a moving platform, while allowing you to “scrub“ to any location rapidly and to retain access to every pixel from every photo.

St. Rombouts-kathedraal Mechelen by HDR-newaddict

To capture a synth for the new Photosynth like a pro, keep these fundamentals in mind:

  • Each point in the scene must be present in at least three photos, so heavily overlap your shots. If a few features in the scene do not have a three-view overlap, you’ll get visual artifacts in your synth. If many features don’t have a three-view overlap, your results will be poor. Shooting with heavy overlap is the primary rule of thumb for Photosynth.
  • You can shoot up to 200 photos, but 20–50 photos works well for most synths.
  • Take all your photos at the same zoom level. Wide-angle photos usually make richer synths, but whatever the zoom level you choose, stick with it.
  • Landscape mode works better than portrait mode. Whatever you choose, though, stay in that mode for the whole sequence.
  • The photos you upload should be at least 1.5 megapixels in resolution. Higher resolution shots take longer to upload, but the results are worth it. When people viewing your high-resolution synth stop on a photo in it, they can zoom in to see every pixel you shot.
  • Do not crop or straighten your photos. Doing that confuses Photosynth.
  • Your photo sequence must form one of four simple shapes: a spin, panorama, wall, or walk.

To get a headstart on shooting for the new Photosynth, take a quick look at our Shooting a Synth video.

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