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Cluster Shot Capture with Tripod

Cluster Shot Capture with Tripod

When creating captures in Cluster Shot Mode with a 360° camera mounted on a tripod, 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.  You also want to make sure that you are not in these photos as well, so we strongly recommend hiding out of frame when taking photos.

Best Practices

The video below demonstrates a cluster shot capture that uses a 360° camera mounted on a tripod. Notice that our Cupix team member adheres to our recommended best practices for selecting where to take photos while using the the hide-and-shoot method for tripods.

Hide-and-Shoot with Tripod

  • Make sure the tripod is steady and placed on a flat surface before leaving to avoid photo blurring or the camera falling over
  • Hide yourself out of frame when taking each photo so you do not appear in every photo, which can cause the CupixWorks photogrammetry algorithm to mistakenly use you as a feature when putting together the digital twin
  • When hiding, make sure you are still within range of the camera wifi, otherwise the camera will not respond when taking photos
  • When moving the tripod from one location to the next, avoid hitting the camera on walls, doorways, and other obstructions at the jobsite


  • 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

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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