Breaking Rule #3: To see the window shades down, stand on the beer tap counter top! Matterport 3D Showcase Walk-Around by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod.
- Once you begin photographing the space, do not move anything (it's distracting) – unless it is a haunted house and then feel free to let the ghosts turn off and on lights and re-arrange the bric-a-brac. (Example: Haunted House)
- Do not place the Matterport Camera on tops of tables – unless you need an elevated view of the space in screen grabs. (Example: stand on top of the table between the photo copier and bar)
- Do not open and then close things – unless you need to show a different way that the space can be configured. (Example: to see the window shades down, stand on the beer tap counter top in this 3D Showcase Walk-Around.)
- Do not shoot the same space at different times of the day – unless you want to show different times of the day (Example: a day and night view).
- Do not change the height of the camera while shooting – unless you want to show a different point of view. (Example: from a bath tub)
- Shoot all spaces in a house – unless some rooms are so messy that the home owner can not bare the thought of staging the space.
- Do not create scans immediately next to each other – unless you want to show a different different point of view of the space. (Example: see industrial elevator)
- Do not shoot over 200 scans in a model – unless you are prepared for the model to fail to process and then are willing to reduce the number of scans to 200 and re-process. (If your 3D Showcase fails to process and it contains 200 or less scans, then Matterport will re-process successfully for you.) [While more than 200 scans may process successfully, it may be slow to 'Walk-Around' the model]
- Do not do scan very close together – unless you are shooting in bright light and need the scans close together for the stitching to be successful (and then delete the extra scans) (Example: see playground)
- Do not make two nearly identical path of scans – unless you changed so much of the environment that you need the second path of scans to get to the one scan that matters and then delete the first nine scans. (Example: see project screen down; then screen open and wall opens)
- Bonus Rule: Matterport does not support outdoor 3D Showcases. (Though they like our 10 Tips for Shooting Outdoors with the Matterport Pro 3D Camera.)
- Bonus Rule: Matterport does not support people 3D Showcases. (Though they like that we are successful creating 3D Showcases with people.)
What rules do you follow – and break – and for what reason?
In addition to creating We Get Arounds Matterport 3D Showcase Walk-Arounds for our greater Atlanta area clients, Dan provides training to our Network of photographers that covers hundreds of cities among four continents. Training includes sunset and nighttime photo shoots. In the first four months that the Matterport 3D Showcase solution has even been possible, Dan has created Walk-Arounds of 200,000+ square feet of luxury residential and commercial real estate.