Step 1: Sign Up, Download, and Install
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Point Cloud
- Point Cloud & Photos.
Step 7: 100% Synthy
When you click on the show all photos icon, you can see that your synth may be broken up into more than one synth.
The screen below shows how out of 18 shots, Photosynth produced only two tiny synths.
The tiny thumbnails are the photos that were ignored and not used at all.
Right now (late September 2009) there is no way to remove unused or unwanted photos except by starting over.
Step 8: About Your Synth
Here is the final rock garden synth used in this tutorial.
And here is the yellow tower from the introduction. It was made with only 11 photos and a VGA camera (640 by 480). Click and drag to move around the image.
For more information not covered in this basic tutorial, please read the Photosynth manual and the online forum.
Step 9: How to Find Your Synths
- On the main screen click your screen name in the upper right corner
- On the next screen ignore the you have no synths" message
- Now click the Synths link next to the orange RSS icon
- Your Synth gallery will appear