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Capture High Areas with Monopod

Capture High Areas with Monopod

When creating captures in Cluster Shot or Single Shot Mode with a 360° camera mounted on a monopod, you may need to photograph places that are difficult to access, like areas above a shelf. In these situations, your goal is still the same for regular single shot or cluster shot captures - to take 360° photos in a way that generates crisp, clear images.

Best Practices

The video below demonstrates a cluster shot capture that uses a 360° camera mounted on a monopod to capture areas above the metal shelves. 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 to hold the camera at least 6 inches above the shelf so the shelf does not dominate the bottom of the photos
  • Point the camera away from your body to minimize the amount of space your body takes up in the final photo
  • Keep your other arm at your side so you do not block the camera lens with your fingers, hands, and arms 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 shelving, ceilings, and other objects and structures

Cluster Shot Spacing

When using Cluster Shot Mode to take photos in high locations, 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 any obstructions 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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