Photosynth, A New Service for Photo Enthusiasts

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I found a new service (thanks to my RSS reader) for people like me who take a lot of photos and are looking for new ideas and ways to use them. Photosynth creates a 3D model of the subject based on uploaded photos. Photosyth goes way beyond the idea of a panorama and really does give the viewer a feeling like they are viewing the actual subject.  Installing the program will also install a brower plug-in for viewing the output, called a “synth.”

Here’s more from Microsoft:

“An Entirely New Medium

Synths constitute an entirely new visual medium. Photosynth analyzes each photo for similarities to the others, and uses that data to estimate where a photo was taken. It then re-creates the environment and uses that as a canvas on which to display the photos. The potential uses of Photosynth can range from sharing experiences to storytelling and documentation.”

You may view my synths here.

For people like me who take a lot of photos of the same subject, but from different angles and perspectives, this is a perfect application to gather all those photos together for maximum effect.  Another great thing about Photosynth is that you can embed the synths into websites:

If you enjoy photography, why not give Photosynth a try?

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  1. i actually just discovered and downloaded this a couple days ago. haven’t played with it yet but seems very cool and an awesome concept. can’t wait to get started with it.

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    1. andres » i borked the link to my synths, but i just fixed it. i’m going thru my vast archive of photos to find some of those multiple viewpoint series that i normally do. should be interesting.

      there seems to be a problem with the Firefox plug-in though. the embedding views OK on IE but who wants to have to use IE for anything?

      can’t wait to see what you do with this, Andres.

      hey man, we missed you yesterday!

  2. I don’t know if I would qualify it as an “entirely new medium,” but I think it has a lot of advantages over similar concepts. If you really want to “capture” an environment, the capability to provide so many different angles and zooms can really give you a feeling of detail you can’t get otherwise. It’s really GREAT for certain applications.

    The Disney Photosynth Project

    1. The Disney Photosynth Project » you’ll have to take up the wording with their marketing jocks ;). in the meantime though, it looks like you’re using it. i haven’t seen any similar concepts so if you could provide links, that would be cool. thanks for your comments.

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