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No tripod needed. Take clusters of photos from any angle and free Photosynth software creates a 3D panorama. Shoot freestyle as fast as you can from every angle. With Photosynth, even a simple point-and-shoot can create Gigapixel size interactive images.
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Step 1: Sign Up, Download, and Install

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You will need a Hotmail or Windows Live email account before you start.

Next, visit http://www.photosynth.net and sign in to Photosynth.

Download and install the Photosynth software for Windows XP or Vista:

Step 2: Shooting Photos for Photosynth

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Shooting photos for Photosynth is easy.

Start by taking a series of handheld panorama style photos with at least 50% overlap.

Then shoot from different viewpoints, angles, zooms, even macro shots.

The Photosynth Rule of Three says any object should show up in at least 3 photos

Photosynth works best with highly textured scenes. It is not too good with shiny, featureless, or repetitive patterns.

Step 3: Starting Photosynth

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Start Photosynth on your computer.

Then click Start a new synth.

It helps to have a high-speed Internet connection; especially if you took lots of photos.

Step 4: Add Photos

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Click Add Photos and choose photos from your computer.

Type a name for the Photosynth, and choose a photo as your thumbnail image.

Optional: add tags and a description. I usually skip this and add them later.

Click the Synth button.

Step 5: View your Synth

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Depending on the megapixels and number of photos you uploaded, it may take several minutes for Photosynth to create your synth.

Go grab a soda pop while you wait.

When all the crunching and 3D computing is done, click View Synth.

Your regular web browser will start and your synth will appear.

Click and drag in the photo to move around.

Use the icons on the bottom of the screen to move through your synth.

You can also use various keyboard shortcuts. Press the space-bar to move through the synth.

Step 6: Point Cloud

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Photographers on the Photosynth forum talk about Point Clouds.

The point cloud is the 3D framework of a Photosynth.

Just hold down the CTRL key to see the point cloud.

Or you can press the P key to switch from
  • Photos
  • Point Cloud
  • Point Cloud & Photos.

this is interesting, I'll have to play around with it a bit.  thanks
can you save these panoramas to your computer, or do you have to view them online?
mitchell125 years ago
also how do I get the view of only the pixels/ vertex's like you have
iectyx3c (author)  mitchell125 years ago
I love the point cloud view. Hold down the Ctrl key to see the points. Or you can press the P key to switch to points only.
mitchell125 years ago
Very neat.