3D photos on the mac - how to?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by hepkat63, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. hepkat63 macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009
    sorry if this is a dumb question - however, I am pretty new to mac and I want to be able to take pictures of model cars - but display them in 3D on the internet. I understand that I need some sort of 'turntable' to display the model - and (i think) take multiple photo graphs of it - but then what? Can someone please (be gentle..) advise as to just how I render (is that the right word?) into a three D image to put on websites.
    thanks !@
  2. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    Are you talking about 3D product demos, where you either drag a slider or have a product rotating over time? Something like this:

    If so these types of demos are usually done in Flash, and aren't static images. I suppose if you could live with the low-quality, you could do it with an animated GIF.

    Basically all you're doing is taking multipe shots of the subject, rotaing at a constant angle between each shot, then linking and displaying those individual items in order. The more images you take, at smaller rotations, the smoother the animation will be. Keeping the subject centered on the turntable, will be important, so that as you turn it it doesn't seem to move side to side, also keeping your lighting, camera, and exposure settings constant will be important.
  3. hepkat63 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009
    sort of..

    yes, thanks for the reply. Sort of what I am looking at doing - but the VR link is a little over the top and would be very slow if you were loading a lot of images. Basically, I want to have my website that has over 100 hats, displayed as thumbnails (which I can do), then when the user clicks them - a larger image appears (which I can do too..) then the user can use their mouse to rotate the image (which I can't do !)
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    What you want to do is a QuickTime VR. Most of the time, you see them as a way to visualize panoramas, but Apple, for instance, uses them for all product shots, too. You need one of the many QuickTime VR authoring apps.
  5. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    You'll need a tripod, and something like this. In Flash, what you can do is make each frame say 15 degrees (so say 24 images in this case, 24 frames for a clip), and let the user have a timeline controller.

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