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Above Ceiling Capture with Monopod

Above Ceiling Capture with Monopod

Sometimes, a good jobsite capture demands photos that are taken above the ceiling to be used as a reference in the future. These areas are typically densely packed with details and require photos to be taken much higher than normal. Luckily, you do not always need to purchase new equipment to perform these captures, and a monopod or selfie-stick will often be sufficient in length.  

Similar to captures at a normal height when using a monopod, your goal remains taking 360° photos in a way that generates crisp, clear images.  We also find that using Cluster Shot or Single Shot Mode to perform above ceiling captures to be the best methods, since you do not need to hold the monopod steady over long durations like with Video Mode.

Best Practices

The video below demonstrates a cluster shot capture that uses a 360° camera mounted on a monopod to capture areas above a ceiling. 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

  • 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 beams, pipes, and other structures
  • Keep your other arm at your side to minimize the amount of area you take up in your final photos

Cluster Shot Spacing

When using Cluster Shot Mode to take photos above the ceiling, remember that you still need to take photos with enough shared features between each photo so that the CupixWorks algorithm can use them to align and build a digital twin of your capture area.  This is especially true if your photos for a regular cluster shot capture and above ceiling photos are taken in the same capture.  Note that CupixWorks' photogrammetry algorithm is able to determine the relative locations of each photo along the Z axis, so you can safely take photos at different heights.

  • Space photos closer in highly detailed areas so enough features are shared between each photo

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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