Matterport Photographer Tip: Deactivating Scans

We Get Around WalkAround™ 3D Tour of Hudson hotel suite 1120 (New York City) by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod

by Dan Smigrod, We Get Around Chief Photographer

To create a We Get Around WalkAround™ 3D Tour – powered by Matterport – of the Hudson hotel suite 1120 last week in New York City, I shot 23 scans, but deactivated 10 of those scans. 

Why shoot nearly twice as many scans?

When I do a Matterport photo shoot, I am always thinking:

  1. how to make the best walk around experience
  2. how to make the best floor plan view
  3. how to make the best dollhouse view
  4. how to make the best virtual reality experience
  5. how to prevent camera selfies (in mirrors)
We Get Around WalkAround Mini-Map – powered by Matterport – Shows scan locations within Hudson hotel suite 1120 | Mini-Map by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod

We Get Around WalkAround Mini-Map – powered by Matterport – Shows scan locations within Hudson hotel suite 1120 | Mini-Map by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod

In the bathroom, for example, I only used one of seven scans. While I only want the viewer to step into the bathroom to look around (one scan), I needed two scans in the bathtub to make the floor plan and dollhouse views look nice. I also needed four additional scans to make the rest of the bathroom's floor plan views look nice (no black holes).

So, in Matterport 3D Workshop view, I deactivated the scans that I did not want the viewer to 'step' on. Matterport deactivated scans are still used for the dollhouse and floor plan views. For clarity, I deactivated: not deleted 10 scans.

Screen Grab: Matterport 3D Workshop view of deactivated scans. ("X" indicates deactivated scan.)

Screen Grab: Matterport 3D Workshop view of deactivated scans. ("X" indicates deactivated scan.)

I shot scan 13 (hidden behind scan 22 in the center of the room) when scan 12 failed (not pictured). I had moved the camera too far from the previous scan. That said, scan 13 shows up in BOTH mirrors in the room. So, I shot scan 22 as the "sitting" view – not in the mirrors – and deactivated scan 13.

I did not delete scan 13 in case the Hudson team did not mind the camera selfie (and did not want a sitting view).

In the door jam between the bedroom and the bathroom are two scans: 8 hides scan 6. I deactivate scan 6 (because I decided I wanted to tweak the positioning of the lamp in the living room area that the camera would see. (I started the project in the most challenging space in the suite – the bathroom.

While I could have deleted scan 6 instead of deactivating it, since the model is so small (23 scans), I try not to delete scans. If the model was shot with over 200 scans, then I would delete scans until I was under 200. (Matterport supports up to 200 scans in the finished model. That's a best practice to keep the model from crashing on a smartphone, for example.)

I did enjoy my stay at the Hudson, including dinner in Hudson Common "modern-day beer hall and burger joint and the view from the English garden-in-the Sky Terrace rooftop oasis win an un obstructive view of the Hudson River, including the Statue of Liberty.

I would love to do a 3D Tour of the Sky Terrace. While Matterport does not support outdoor shoots, here's how I shoot outdoor spaces successfully. The Sky Terrace would be a great We Get Around WalkAround VR Tour – powered by Matterport VR Showcase Beta. The viewing experience would feel like this.

I look forward to my next stay at the Hudson in three weeks.

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Dan Smigrod is We Get Around Founder, CEO and Chief Photographer. We Get Around is Georgia's first and only photography service company dedicated solely to the Matterport platform. Atlanta-based Dan also is the founder of the Referral Network of Matterport Pro 3D Camera Photographers and the Matterport User Group Forum.

View from the Top | Hudson Sky Lounge panorama by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod

View from the Top | Hudson Sky Lounge panorama by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod

Dan Smigrod

Founder, CEO & Chief Photographer, 3527 Knollhaven Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319-1908, USA

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