Creating 3D Meshes from 2D Photographs


Presentation to GSE and the DH-Curious; Shawn Hill, 3/22/16; Digital Scholarship: Examples, Tools, and Relevance

  • Autodesk Memento
  • Video: Camera and shooting recommendations for Photogrammetry
    • Avoid glossy, transparent, mobile objects (a polarizing filter can help with shiny objects)
    • Fixed (not zoom), glass (not plastic) lenses produce superior results
    • If the lens is zoom, lock in a certain focal length – never zoom in or out with the camera
    • You can use zoom into the object by moving yourself (the camera) not the lens
    • A small aperture (large depth of field – F16, vs F2, for example) is very important as the entire scene (including the background) must be in focus
    • Diffuse, shadowless light is best
    • Try to use a tripod (and a monopod for above object shots) and a remote shutter release
    • Place a ruler in the scene if scale is important to you
    • Shoot at 5 to 10 degree intervals (72 photos per circle of the object)
    • You can move around the object, or have the object rotate in front of the camera
    • If the object is not rich in color/texture, add other non reflective items into the frame to help use for reference when generating the mesh
    • The order of photos is very important. Do not break the sequence – stick to a single rotational direction
    • An object that is rich in details should have a transitional sequence moving into and then rotating around the object to focus in on details
    • A flat object should be shot by changing positions, not by staying on one spot and creating a ‘panorama’ series of photos
    • Avoid white walls and featureless, regular surfaces
    • The object should take 70% of the pixels being shot
    • Never move the object, move the camera
    • Rich objects should have 150 photos
    • 20- 50 mm lens is best
    • Shoot with RAW
    • Only ever edit in RAW
      • Open Photoshop
      • Select all RAW images
      • Amount/Radius/Detail/Masking should all have their initial sliders set to “0”
      • Tone Curve – distribute the curve
      • Basics – Cloudy, etc.
      • Save as…
  • Selva3D

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  • Your goal is to create a .csv file with data that is uniform, consistent, and simple.
  • Avoid notes and comments within your data, or any unnecessary diacritics.
  • Do not use different fonts, colors, etc.
  • Each column header must be unique and may use letters, spaces, and numbers. Do not use any special alphanumeric characters, such as underscores ‘_’ or dashes ‘-‘
  • Do not have a gap between the column header and the data
  • No cell should be empty (use a “0” to fill empty/null values)
  • This ‘CSV Fingerprints’ tool can be very helpful in spotting any mistakes in your .csv files.
  • Dates should be entered in the following format Year-Month-Day (2014-01-01). Years must always be rendered as four digit integers. Thus years between 0 CE and 1000 CE should still be rendered as 0001 or 0999. Negative dates should follow the same format, but preceded by a minus sign (ie. -200-01-01). If using Excel, be sure to specify that the column reads as “Text” rather than dates, so that Excel doesn’t change the dates into its own format.
  • Location information should be rendered as latitude and longitude. Palladio, for example, requires that these numbers be separated by a comma: 41.95, 12.5. (This Geocoding tool may be of help for those who have a list of place names but no associated coordinates:

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