Nathanael.Lawrence

If you need to contact me, please feel free to write to me at natelawrence@live.com

Cheers!


Cottage in the snow
Cottage in the snow
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Just beautiful... ^_^

TomandEmma (Over 1 year ago)
It's a beautiful house! We are renting the top floor of the house, another family lives downstairs. If anyone is interested the house is actually on the market at the moment.

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Panorama of Zoo in Chelyabinsk
Panorama of Zoo in Chelyabinsk
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Beautiful sunlight you captured here! Would you please geotag this?

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Bougainvilla in Tamarac
Bougainvilla in Tamarac
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Suenell, I don't know if you'll ever see this, but you can delete a synth by going to your profile page when you're signed into your account, hovering above the upper right hand corner of a synth's 'card' and clicking the 'x'. By all means come back and try again. Try circling a single bloom or a tree trunk next time with about the same number of photos that you used in this synth and I think you'll get the hang of things.

Suenell (Over 1 year ago)
Agh! Didn't turn out so great. How do I edit it or remove it?

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7-cube
7-cube
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Looks like it's Verdes Innovations SA, if Wikipedia is to be trusted. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-Cube_7

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ball
ball
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
So... what exactly is this ball? Also, are these stills taken from a video or a still camera? Just a note... Photosynth works best with stationary objects. In this scene, although you have two solid objects (the background and the ball), they are moving independent of each other. One of Photosynth's main assumptions is that everything remains stationary, so it might work better for you if the ball stayed still and you moved around it. As things stand now, Photosynth tries to track both the background and the ball and ends up a little confused.

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Catalina Island California
Catalina Island California
sherwingws (Over 1 year ago)
Wow! This is the best point cloud I have seen.

worldwideroam (Over 1 year ago)
amazing how the texture could be picked up this way.....

gfxblit (Over 1 year ago)
I love this synth! the overhead view of this is a great example of a good top down view of a natural environment (not buildings, etc.). I'm fav'ing this!

Jonathan (Over 1 year ago)
very cool. well done.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Nice work, Robert! This synth is a great poster child for what can be achieved with the "many overlapping panoramas" method of shooting. How about a geotag? The point cloud is worthy.

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Troll
Troll
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, lookout, don't know if or when you'll read this, but it would be great to see your photos of the troll added to the model over on PhotoCity. Click here to check it out: http://photocitygame.com/map.php?id=18

lookout (Over 1 year ago)
I don't know how to geotag yet, but I can tell you it's underneath the Highway 99 bridge in fremont, at the intersection of N 36 and Troll Ave N. Or these coordinates: 47.650913,-122.347441

dariusmonsef (Over 1 year ago)
Nicely done. I'm newly a Seattlite and knowing where this is on a map would be cool. Can you geotag it?

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Troll
Troll
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'd love to see the results of your photos mixed with the others over at the PhotoCity model of the troll. Click here to check it out: http://photocitygame.com/map.php?id=18

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Troll
Troll
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'd be keen to see your photos of the troll added to the model over at PhotoCity if you're up for it. Check it out here if you'd like: http://photocitygame.com/map.php?id=18

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troll
troll
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'd love to see your photos added to the model of the troll on PhotoCity. Click here to check it out if you're so inclined: http://photocitygame.com/map.php?id=18

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The Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'd love to see the results of you adding your photos to the model over on PhotoCity. Click here if you're interested: http://photocitygame.com/map.php?id=18

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The Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Feel like contributing to Kathleen Tuite's model over on PhotoCity, David? http://photocitygame.com/map.php?id=18

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Salem Capitol Lobby (Very Rough Draft)
Salem Capitol Lobby (Very Rough Draft)
sgalagan (Over 1 year ago)
This is amazing! Overhead view is fantastic! Good work! thx

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
As a side note: others have said it elsewhere, but it's quite true and very funny that when shooting a synth like this you get some very inquisitive looks from your fellow human beings. People just don't know what to make of it or what can have come over you, especially if you're hurrying. Four brave souls had the courage to approach me and ask me exactly why I was taking so many pictures and I happily gave them as brief an explanation as I thought they were after. Happily none of them were giving off an air of disapproval and|or attired in official looking security uniforms.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The dome was a gamble, for sure. I had shot very nearly everything else at that point, if I'm remembering correctly, and felt like I should probably take it easy on any further shots inside this central lobby, but as soon as I saw the reconstruction, I wished that I'd taken more. I had some real doubt that Photosynth would be able to track it as it is largely symmetrical, but it did very well with what I gave it. I'll certainly have to take more care to connect all four corners to the dome next time. Overhead view is very handy (especially for navigating quickly to a particular area), but for my more adventurous viewers, turning the photos off in the Direct3D viewer (use the [P] key) and using the [W] [A] [S] [D] keys to move around and [{] [L] [:] ["] keys to look around is hard to beat, as long as your video card has the right stuff. You can use keyboard controls in the Silverlight viewer too, but it's not as fast + it turns off 1/2 the points while you move.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hey there! Thanks for the avid exploration and exclamation. I totally relate to the feeling of, "...there are *not enough* pictures in this synth."... as you may well imagine. =) The great thing about this building is that it is pretty nearly completely panelled in marble, giving each part a unique texture which the synther can quickly learn. The difficulty is that all light sources are reflected in the marble. There's definitely part of me that looks at how densely the floor reconstructs when I barely glanced over it (like around the couches) and thinks to itself, "Hmm. Look at how easy it would be to build the entire floor and steps.". The enemy there is naturally the RAM limit. The best computer that I have at my disposal only has 4GB of RAM, running 64bit Windows 7. I'm also curious to see what I would get if I shot only photos completely perpendicular to the walls except perhaps one orbit per corner.

michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
In any case, good work! Thanks for creating such an extensive synth! (The Captial Dome really blew me away)

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Hershey Syrup
Hershey Syrup
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Very punny, Michael. =)

michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
sweet

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Bubble gums
Bubble gums
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Ha! This wall gets a fair bit of play in Photosynth. Were you inspired by other synths of it or did you not know that other people had synthed it?

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Photosynth to DEM - Test
Photosynth to DEM - Test
Nathan.Craig (Over 1 year ago)
This is inspirational! It completely rocks my world.

jimcseke (Over 1 year ago)
Just popped in to wish you and yours a Happy and Safe Holidays !!!

sir_ivar (Over 1 year ago)
Nathanael, thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into the copyright watermark. I should probably just make it all public domain... -Mark

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Just a suggestion, Mark, but you may want to fill in the 'Author' tags of your photos with Adobe Bridge, Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, or Windows Live Photo Gallery. That way your CC Attribution license displays your name next to it.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Fascinating work, Sir Ivar. I'm glad to see someone creating synths with such precision. For my fellow visitors: After you click on part of the synth, tap the [P] key to switch to point-cloud-only mode, then hold the [S] key to back away from the surface of the ground. Once you back up a little the point cloud looks almost solid - pretty incredible!

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Oversaturation.
Oversaturation.
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Whoa... overhead view is kind of trippy on this one. I have to say that this is definitely an interesting application of Photosynth. Try adding highlights for some of the more standout action shots.

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
LikeRain (Over 1 year ago)
Hey, that's great! It even get's sometimes a bit creepy when the persons are blended in and out.

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Yeah BackYard
Yeah BackYard
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It's a solid outward looking panoramic circle, but try also adding circles of photos all the way around different objects in the scene, looking inward at the object. You used 22 photos in your outward circle here. That amount should also be appropriate for inward looking circles around objects as well. Let me know if you see success using this method.

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Towel Elephant
Towel Elephant
MET360 (Over 1 year ago)
Cute!

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
How positively curious. This got a good smile out of me. Happy holidays to you and yours, Tan.

madeeds (Over 1 year ago)
It came out great!

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
I think this must be a Carnival thing. I took my family on a Carnival cruise to Alaska 8 years ago, as we got towel animals too!

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Wall of Gum in Pike Place Market
Wall of Gum in Pike Place Market
ianmcall (Over 1 year ago)
Funny, I hadn't seen either of the other two gum wall synths. I liked that heynicejacket added some history.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Were you inspired by heynicejacket's synth? ( http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=f682efdc-8a77-4d66-8f12-51f8ff418bca ) Things should get interesting when your photos, his and rgussman's ( http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=ebcee7ab-0de5-444b-a546-8896996088e9 ) all link together.

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Carnival Pride - Nassau Bahamas
Carnival Pride - Nassau Bahamas
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
You could always hardwire the slideshow to play in filename order in the synth editor. Switching on 'Photo up', rather than 'World up' might not be such a terrible idea either. I love that shallow water... such amazing colours.

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Emerald
Emerald
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I completely agree. My ethernet cable/data bus usually can't load all the tiles in time for long paths, so the basic result was just bumping into a bunch of pixelated garbage between highlight A and highlight B. This new technique sidesteps that entire mess and retains context very beautifully and clearly. It must look especially pretty on top of a map. All the best to you and yours, Nate

madeeds (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for noticing! That's a feature that shipped with the last major web site release a few weeks ago. When it's a long path between two highlights, and we think it will be less confusing to go up and back down, we do that.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Matt, have the highlights always done the flying up to overhead and swooping back down to the destination? I'm thinking it came with one of the most recent updates to the SL3 viewer, but am wondering if I just overlooked it for a while. Moving from the '5-speed' highlight to the 'Seat' exemplifies the transition I'm talking about. I was under the impression that until the past month or so, you always took the path approach. How is it determined when to use the swing up and over transitions?

madeeds (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Baylee. Thanks for asking. A Photosynth is a collection of photographs that have been stitched together in 3D space. It's great when you need to capture both the greater context and the small details of something. You can embed them on a web site and share them via e-mail. To get started, take about 30 pictures of your favorite object from all angles. Hold the camera steady or do it outside in the middle of the day when you have lots of natural light. Then click on the "Create" button on photosynth.net, and follow the instructions to create your own. Enjoy!

Baylee.Goodrich (Over 1 year ago)
hey (: , will you please explain to me what a photosynth is ? im only fouteen , but i really wanna learn !!

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Family Room (Green)
Family Room (Green)
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
To the best of my knowledge, ICE is only for panoramas. For cases where the camera moves (or a subject rotates while the camera stays still but the backdrop doesn't move) I don't think ICE will provide very good results at all.

timaustinh (Over 1 year ago)
Yeah, i have ICE but i don't really get what it does. Is it only for full room panorama shoots or can it do single objects to. i tried single object but it came out really weird.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Here's the link for trying it out, if you're interested: ( http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/ ) I love what Photosynth does in terms of letting us break free from standing in one point, but for standing in one place and getting the wrap around view, a true panorama stitcher is hard to beat.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Can I assume that this was all taken with a tripod? If so, have you tried putting this collection into Microsoft Research ICE and exporting to HD View? I'd be curious to know if it could handle the different zoom scales correctly.

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momsynth
momsynth
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Moms are so patient. =)

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qe
qe
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Very interesting room! Try focusing on one object at a time and rotating around it with photos.

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KenvisitDec2009
KenvisitDec2009
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This is such a sweet little synth. =) Merry Christmas from the U.S.A.!

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Red Leaves Northsky
Red Leaves Northsky
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love the greens, blues, and reds in these photos. ... looking forward to the day when I can see these photos actually hover over the map like Microsoft's Bird's Eye imagery.

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Denali 2
Denali 2
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
When you upload a bunch of photos to Photosynth, it doesn't know whether they are right-side-up or not, but because it is matching details from each one to the other photos, if most of them are right side up, Photosynth can actually tell which direction the photos which were uploaded on their side or some other funny angle are meant to be viewed at, based on the 'up' of the majority of other photos. This is the default arrangement and is known as 'World Up' - an average of the 'up' of all the photos in the main synth group. In your case, all the photos have been uploaded right-side up, but because Photosynth didn't find really strong connections between a particular pair of photos, individual photos sometimes are displayed tipped on their sides because perhaps Photosynth only matched details in one corner to the rest of the photos. By telling Photosynth to ignore 'World Up' and display each photo at its own 'up' that it was uploaded with, you can straighten it out.

faultydirt (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks! Trying to find time to get a few more like this built up. By the way - by changing it to "Photo Up", what am I telling it to do? I changed that setting on this synth, but since I didn't know what I was looking for, I can't say that I really saw a difference....

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Nice shots! The synther got some really nice transitions and a couple of really off-balance ones. =) You might want to consider changing this synth to "Photo Up" under the 'Advanced' tab and 'Orientation' category in the synth editing controls. Try it and see if you like it better anyway. Keep up the good work!

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My Living Room
My Living Room
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hey, this is a great leap forward in your synthing. Great job! Your method seems to work pretty well here. There's a nice amount of distance between each shot so the virtual camera makes satisfying swoops as I transition from one photo to the next. Just be sure to rotate all your photos right side up before uploading. =) While you're at it, you might consider filling in the 'Author' field of your photos' tags in a program like Windows Live Photo Gallery or Microsoft Pro Photo Tools. If you do, whatever you filled in will appear next to the license symbol on the lower left corner of the synth as well as on the Photo Credits when people see your synth on Bing Maps. If you're after a photo-centred mindset with synths, your current technique is perfect, but if you decide to shoot for pointclouds someday, please look up my 'Orbital Propulsion (Gravity Assist)' synth. I haven't found a way to top that method yet for super detailed pointclouds. Hope to see more soon!

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Visible and IR Synth of a Kiawe Tree
Visible and IR Synth of a Kiawe Tree
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
My 20D has almost the same IR response, but the meter won't register the IR light, so you have to meter manually. Still, it's usable. I'm still itching for an IR converted camera. It would be nice to have the higher shutter speeds you could get with an honest to goodness IR converted camera. Among other things it would let me do IR photography from the air! Ah well, in any case I'd like to play with it a little more. 48% synthy, not because of the IR, but because my technique wasn't all that hot. I'll give it another go and try to post another one soon. Tom

tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
It's a normal camera, actually, a Canon Powershot A650 IS. It's not even converted to the near-IR. But it works! Practically all visible light digital detectors are sensitive to the near-IR. (Actually, most are MORE sensitive in the near-IR than in the visible.) But for normal photography that IR response isn't really wanted. It makes for washed-out looking photos with weird color shifts. So most digital cameras have an IR blocking filter in front of the detector. In some cameras it's quite efficient, basically making the camera unusable for IR photography. In others it's weaker. I had an older Nikon Coolpix 950 that had a really weak IR blocker, and was great for IR photography. The filter in the A650IS is stronger, but it's still possible. I use a Hoya R72 filter. It's a long-pass filter that lets most of the light through that's longer than 720nm. Wide open at ISO 800, it makes for 1/10sec exposure in broad daylight. Camera still meters, though.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love that you actually tried out shooting infrared. It's still an almost completely unexplored branch of synthing. I guess the camera still stores the data in an RGB format or is whatever sensor you're using different to your usual camera's sensor?

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Schloss Nordkirchen
Schloss Nordkirchen
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I can hardly wait to see this geo-aligned.

LikeRain (Over 1 year ago)
Excellent synth which also includes astonishing pixel cloud and overhead view.

A.Greiwe (Over 1 year ago)
These photos were taken using a microdrone MD4-200. If you have further questions regarding to this technology, you can contact me under ansgar.greiwe[at]altaweb.de. Have fun!

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Home INfrared
Home INfrared
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This was a great idea. The structure of the photos leaves a little to be desired with the current status of the synther, but your concept and framing of the photos are spot on.

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Different stuff
Different stuff
microwar (Over 1 year ago)
Dont remember the name, but if you search for "raster and/or poster prog" you find many different ones.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This was quite successful, Microwar. What tools did you use to print the photo above the fireplace?

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
You don't need to clean. Wouldn't be narly as synthy if you cleaned!

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Skull Rock at Disneyland Paris
Skull Rock at Disneyland Paris
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Clever work, mixing in illustration like that.

Seasmoke (Over 1 year ago)
Awesome pic!

madeeds (Over 1 year ago)
I love it! Nice point cloud too.

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Sydney sunsets
Sydney sunsets
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This is a great idea and very well executed. The colours are wonderful.

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turrel all
turrel all
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love this series of yours. =]

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under all
under all
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This is great fun. =] Where is it located? Can you geotag it, please?

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Boracay Sunrise
Boracay Sunrise
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing your sunrise with us. The colors over the sea are just beautiful.

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Piha (Our Rock)
Piha (Our Rock)
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
First class all the way around, Nigel. Even the beginning view of the synth is pleasingly composed.

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
Good one Nigel! I especially like the poem. I think this might be the first "poetry synth" on the site.

kevinac (Over 1 year ago)
Nice stuff Nigel. Such a great day in New Zealand today.

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Cup of tea
Cup of tea
pope_luke (Over 1 year ago)
I experimented a bit with the possibility of doing such a synth, but I found that regular food dye in water can't work. It spreads out way too fast, and if you let it sit for a bit to calm down, it mostly just keeps spreading slowly until it's evenly dispersed. The only thing I can thing of that might help is using some kind of thicker more viscous liquid, but I have nothing like that to experiment with, and nothing in particular comes to mind. It is certainly a wonderful idea. If only we could find a chemist of some sort that might help us out with the prep work.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Photosynth liked the serviette. :) Beautiful shots of the tea, by the way. I love photography of liquid. I keep wanting to see someone synth dye that's been dropped into a container of water/colourless fluid. The way that it splashes outward when first dropped in and then hangs, largely in stasis, seems perfect to synth and like it would yield a fantastic point cloud. I'm thinking something like this ( http://vonvonz.deviantart.com/art/h2o-Color-Dance-5633618 ) in point cloud form.

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Garden July
Garden July
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Making a copy of the wide shot and cropping out the subject of the close up gives Photosynth permission to scan that full area of the cropped detail for details when you re-synth. (This is assuming your wide angle photos are higher than 2 megapixels, which I'm sure they are.) The cropped piece is guaranteed to match its parent image and if all goes well, it will also match the close up, thus providing a way to tie the environment back together. This 'trick' can help you in cases where there is simply no possibility of taking more coverage but it is much more desirable to simply be able to take interim photos manually. As I'm sure you may have already noticed, the second icon from the right will take you to 'grid view' of your photos and will help you quickly gain an understanding of how your photos have grouped and thus which areas need 'bridge' photos in order to tie together. Sorry to overload you with information. :) In any case, I still enjoyed your synth.

Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Orphaned images happen when the nearest photo(s) to the orphaned photo(s) are simply at too different an angle or distance for Photosynth to recognise them as the same object. In cases where the subject matter is something fairly resistant to change (e.g. a brick wall) you can simply go back and snap a few more photos in between the two photos that you wish to marry together. Making a new synth with these included should do the trick. In cases where the subject is unavailable for reshooting (e.g. the flowers have withered, or you are no longer in vacation where the photos were taken) you can try a bit of a trick. Where you have a wide shot and a close up that you hope to match together you can make a copy of the wide angle photo and crop out the part that matches the subject of the close up. The reason this works is that although Photosynth uploads your full resolution photos, it only uses 2 megapixel versions of them to do the matching (for performance reasons).

Steve_Astro (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks Nathanael, this is my first synth so not too sure why some of the photos have been orphaned? Or are not quite where I would expect them? However the software is amazing and I can’t wait to synth some more images.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I love this little synth. It's so cozy.

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