Photographs to 3D models: Introduction to Structure from Motion in Art and Heritage

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#DAHRG’s second workshop offered participants a chance to learn how to create three-dimensional models of objects through structure-from-motion (SfM) with Robert Kaleta (UCL).

SfM is an increasingly popular photogrammetric technique that allows its users to turn a set of photographs into a 3D model which can be explored further, shared online, or 3D printed. Many public institutions, cultural heritage organisations and outreach projects are increasingly relying on this technique to document, and open up their collections to a wider audience.

The workshop covered:

  • General introduction to structure-from-motion
  • Data capture using a digital camera
  • Common errors and problems with data collection
  • Data processing using the leading commercial software (PhotoScan)
  • Creating 3D models of objects provided by the Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Exporting and sharing the models online


About Robert Kaleta:

Robert is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He has created 3D models for the British Museum and the MicroPasts project. Most recently he has been responsible for the creation and management of 3D objects for the Paul Mellon Centre funded Digital Pilgrim Project which aims  to digitise the British Museum’s collection of medieval pilgrimage badges.

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