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.