Topic: drop-in activity synths

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nutsinmay (Over 1 year ago)
i'm planning an activity - my ideal is to have lots of people drop-in to the activity and be directed to take photos of specific areas/objects, i'd offer a few different choices with the intention of creating a few different synths. Each one would be a collaboration - we'd gather photos through the day and then at some point, when we had enough pictures, create the synths. The people who took part could view the synths after the event.

would i have problems trying to create more than 1 synth at the same time?
is there an optimum number of photos?

I have no idea whether what i'm imagining will work or not - i'd be grateful for any opinions/tips/ideas :)
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
The synther will only allow you to create one synth at a time - it's pretty resource intensive, so this is really the only way.  You can queue up as many synths as you'd like though and they be created and uploaded sequentially.  As for your methodology for getting the photos I think it depends on what you're trying to synth.  Small objects in an interior, a distant mountain range?  Any more detail you could add would help with us giving advice.  Love the ideaand can't wait to see the results!
nutsinmay (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for your reply :)
it will be maybe 3 or 4 different interior spaces with varying size objects. I'm wondering about how to guarantee good results - can i rely on the volume of photos creating a decent synth in a sort of random way or would it be best to be more methodical about it? Do i need to do 'framework' shots myself and expect the participants to kind of fill in the gaps?
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)

I think you got it exactly right with your last suggestion: you provide the framework and let others fill in the gaps. Your participants may prove me wrong but generally people tend to come up with very similar angles when photographing things unless they've watched others shoot something and want to differentiate themselves.

I think the best advice that I could give you as far as framework photos is try to orbit all of the objects that you want to synth with your camera at two heights and two distances. Also, take panorama shots looking and walking from one of your objects to the next. This way nearly any angle that one of your guests shoot will have something to link to. If you end up having too many photos of any object, simply discard whatever framework shots are redundant and strive to include as many guest photos as possible.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Depending on the number of photos you may not be able to complete all the synths while your guests are on location. You might want to consider picking up an inexpensive external hard drive to store the photos on if your computer would be running low on disk space after all the photos are downloaded to it. The more RAM your computer(s) have as well as the more free hard drive space your primary hard drive has, the better the chances are that you'll be able to synth more photos together.

I also recommend downloading each person's photos to their own separate folders on your hard drive with the photos inside separated into the subject of the synth. This way you can easily highlight an entire folder in Windows Live Photo Gallery and apply the photographer's name to the 'Author' field of all of their photos inside. Then when viewing the synth, the appropriate name is displayed in the lower left hand corner with each photo.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
When it comes time to combine all the shots of Interior Space A or Object B, you simply:

1) highlight all of the appropriate folders (using the Ctrl key to select multiple folders at one time in Windows Live Photo Gallery) 
2) click 'Extras' > 'Create a Photosynth'
3) give your synth a title, tags, description, and license as usual.

If you already have Adobe Bridge or other photo organisers the same concepts apply to them as WLPG, although they won't have a dedicated 'make a photosynth' menu.

All the best of luck to you! Social synthing seems like a great way to get other people interested in Photosynth and may prove even more addictive than solo synthing. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
nutsinmay (Over 1 year ago)
wow thanks for taking the time to give me all this help!
i hadn't considered the folder organisation and the 'author' aspect, it would be great for people to be able to identify their photos

I think i'll be doing a trial run to test this out so will keep you posted :)