January 30, 2014

Create photo-walks with Lightroom + Photosynth

Andy Trice shows how to prep a series of images, then knit them together into an interactive piece using Microsoft’s new Photosynth technology:

Here’s the kind of thing he produces:

Check out his post for more examples.


Posted by John Nack at 8:00 AM on January 30, 2014


  • John Stevenson — 10:29 AM on January 30, 2014

    Great work. There’s an alternative workflow for still image inputs (as taken by mere mortals on the ground!) using Photoshop to pre-process the images for Photosynth. There you can still do an overall correction/enhancement of all the original shots (via Automate > Batch) – it’s even possible to do this directly using the Lightroom Develop module now that there is the ACR Filter in Photoshop CC ….). Plus you can use the File > Scripts > Load Files into Layers procedure, which is featured near the beginning of a tutorial featured here a couple of days ago, from Bryan O’Neil Hughes: http://youtu.be/ChSmyIZAkog?t=42 – this is useful for culling out any images in the sequence which have gotten too far off the path that the Photosynth application is going to map to. The newest iteration of Photosynth itself works best with sequences taken in specific mappings (walk, slide, circle-in, and circle-out).

    • John Stevenson — 10:40 AM on January 30, 2014

      oooops, that should be File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack up there … funny sometimes what there is in one’s head as compared to what’s sitting clear as can be in the GUI.

  • Rich MacDonald — 11:36 AM on January 30, 2014

    The new Photosynth is impressive. It is strange though that it seems like the artifacts and low fps are what makes this distinctive over traditional recorded video. Photosynth originally was compelling for not just being a linear progression of frames but a complex array of photos that could be spatially navigated via many different 3D navigation hops (the new system makes one choose a single type of linear movement).

  • Fotografia — 3:04 PM on January 30, 2014

    John, this is an amazing tutorial. Thanks a lot for taking the time to show us how to create photo-walks with Lightroom + Photosynth.

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