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Photo Mode for Capturing Rooms

Photo Mode for Capturing Rooms

LiDAR is great for quick captures, but how do you make photorealistic scans?!

May 30, 2024

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This scan was made with 450 photographs. View it here

Overview:

  1. Download Polycam
  2. Photograph the room
  3. Upload the photos
  4. Share your model

1. Download Polycam

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Search the App Store for “Polycam 3D Scanner” and download.

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Download and open the app.

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Click the camera button to scan.

2. Photograph the room

3. Upload your photos

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Make sure Photogrammetry mode is selected.

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Click upload.

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You must keep this screen open the whole time your photos are uploading. Don’t change apps, or let your phone screen turn off.

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Once all the photos have been uploaded, you can leave this screen and wait for Polycam to do its magic!

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Tips for better photogrammetry

  1. Movement. Move the camera EVERYWHERE and from EVERY ANGLE. Usually I walk around the outside of the thing I'm scanning, moving the camera up and down while aiming in towards the object.
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  1. Video. Photos are highest resolution, but if you need to go fast, try using Slow-Mo video. This is an easy way to capture hundreds of “photos” of an object in just a few seconds.
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  1. Upload the videos on poly.cam by clicking “Create capture”
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  3. Then click Create a 3D model
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  1. Patterns. If you’re trying to take scans that include shiny things (like mirrors):
    1. Put tape on it in random patterns.
    2. Look at the mirror in this scan I did -- I covered the mirror in paper, then scribbled on top of it.
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Happy Scanning from Polycam 🚀

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