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Cluster Shot Capture with Monopod

Cluster Shot Capture with Monopod

When creating captures in Cluster Shot Mode with a 360° camera mounted on a monopod or selfie-stick, your goal is to take 360° photos in a way that generates crisp, clear images with enough shared features between each photo so that the CupixWorks algorithm can use them to build a digital twin of your capture area.

Best Practices

The video below demonstrates a cluster shot capture that uses a 360° camera mounted on a monopod. Notice that our Cupix team member adheres to our recommended best practices for standing while taking each photo, as well as for selecting where to take photos.

Posture and Physical Awareness

  • Make sure the camera is held at least 6 inches above the head so your head does not dominate the bottom of the photos
  • Keep your other arm at your side so you do not block the camera lens with your fingers, hands, and arm during the capture
  • Hold the monopod steady and remain still while taking photos so no movement, like breathing, swaying, or shaking, is introduced during the capture to cause blurriness in photos
  • Avoiding hitting the camera on doorways or low ceilings


  • Take photos one step before, in the middle of, and one step after each doorway to overcome blocked line of sight between each room and gain enough shared features and details between each photo for CupixWorks' photogrammetry algorithm to accurately determine their positions
  • Space photos closer in corridors and other narrow areas, so enough detail is is shared between each photo
  • Space photos closer around corners and other blocked areas to again overcome blocked line of sight and to have enough shared details between each photo
  • Space photos farther apart in open areas to efficiently capture the location

Capturing High Areas

Certain jobsites require you to photograph areas that are above the usual height of the 360° camera or in hard to reach areas.  In these situations, you can hold out the monopod and point the 360° camera to capture these locations. For more information, view our article and video on capturing high areas with a monopod or above ceiling capture with monopods.

Also, we always strongly recommend that you practice this capture method with the hardware setup you plan to use before going onsite.

Jim is the author of this solution article.

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