If this is the first time you are using photogrammetry software, read the following chapter on how to take good photos for your project.


  • Your scene/object should be well lit.

  • Avoid shadows, reflections, and transparent objects.

  • Take the photos in diffuse or indirect lighting, such as on an overcast day (outdoor) or using multiple light sources (indoor).

  • Don´t use the flash setting on the camera.

  • Do not change the focal length/zoom while shooting. Use a fixed focal length lens if possible.

  • Try to take pictures from all angles.

  • Avoid moving objects in the scene or background.

  • If taking pictures using a rotating rig, make sure to use a plain color background with no distiguishable features.

  • The object of interest should always fill most of the image.

  • Take images with a side overlap of 60% minimum and frontal overlap of 80% minimum.

  • For each shot, move to a new position (or rotate the object).

  • Do not take multiple images from the same spot.

  • For better coverage, you can photograph an area multiple times in different acquisition patterns.

  • Avoid shaky, blurry, or warped images.

  • The more images you have, the better. You can always filter out repetitive or poor quality images to reduce processing time.