## Re: [PanoToolsNG] Reproducing camera position with a laser distance meter?

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• This is decidedly more low-tech than all the solutions offered, but here goes. I would tape a string running between diagonal corners, with each of two sets
Message 1 of 21 , Jun 16, 2008
This is decidedly more low-tech than all the solutions offered, but
here goes. I would tape a string running between diagonal corners,
with each of two sets of diagonal corners (does that make sense?)
Then, I would place my tripod so that two legs are on strings and the
third at the place the strings cross. Make sure the legs are fully
extended and the same legs on the same spot each time. Level the
camera and go!

Of course, this might not work so well if the renovation is tearing
out the walls. But if it is that extreme, accuracy isn't that
important, eh?

John

John Riley
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On Jun 14, 2008, at 8:41 AM, Philipp B. Koch wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> recently I shot two panoramas inside a building that currently is
> being
> renovated. The aim is to shoot two panoramas at exactly the same point
> when it's finished, so you can have a before/after-view experience.
> Because I didn't have a better idea, I simply put a nail into the
> ceiling, fixed a cord on it and placed the center of my tripod as
> close
> as possible under the cord. Well -- not perfectly accurate, I'm
> afraid :-)
>
> So, I was wondering: If I had a laser distance meter (and a compass?),
> could it be possible to measure a given number of points in a room to
> perfectly reproduce a shooting position? Given that the camera's
> height
> is fixed (always the same, reproducible tripod position), so it is
> only
> about the distances to the walls: How many measured points would one
> need for that, and how would it be done best? If the room was
> perfectly
> rectangular, I think three measures would be enough (1. front (0°), 2.
> left (-90), 3. back (180°), for example). But as soon as there are
> bays
> or niches, this is not reliable of course...
>
> Is this possible at all, or do I make an error of reasoning here? And,
> if it is possible -- can this also be done outside, taking for example
> certain trees or something as "measure marks"?
>
> Best regards, Philipp
>
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>
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• ... I was going to suggest this but with a plumbline to the intesection, also using lazer pointers instead of string regards mick ... what do you run on
Message 2 of 21 , Jun 16, 2008
Quoting John Riley <johnriley@...>:

> This is decidedly more low-tech than all the solutions offered, but
> here goes. I would tape a string running between diagonal corners,
> with each of two sets of diagonal corners (does that make sense?)
> Then, I would place my tripod so that two legs are on strings and the
> third at the place the strings cross. Make sure the legs are fully
> extended and the same legs on the same spot each time. Level the
> camera and go!
>
> Of course, this might not work so well if the renovation is tearing
> out the walls. But if it is that extreme, accuracy isn't that
> important, eh?

I was going to suggest this but with a plumbline to the intesection, also
using lazer pointers instead of string
regards

mick
---
"what do you run on Rocket Martin ?"
"I run on beans"
"what kind of beans ?"
"lazer beans"

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> Rockette Morton
this in Brighton but obviously I misheard.

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• ... Yes, of course you re right. This thing I m doing there is only a simple before-after-pano of a friend s bar-to-be-started (right now it looks more like a
Message 5 of 21 , Jun 16, 2008
Jim Watters schrieb:
> Philipp B. Koch wrote:
>
>> I'm afraid that won't work at all, because it's a room that's going to be completely refurbished. There won't be any points left that allow for comparison.
>>

> Between the start and end of the project there might not be any points
> left but if you are taking panos all the way through the building
> process then I bet there are several points that will be usable between
> the previous pano to the current pano. (...)
Yes, of course you're right. This thing I'm doing there is only a simple
before-after-pano of a friend's bar-to-be-started (right now it looks
more like a ... well... listed for demolition). So unfortunately I can
only shoot one before (which I already have) and one after the
refurbishment. That's why I was thinking if there could not be a better
way than my nail-in-the-ceiling approach. And obviously there is, as all
the answers have shown. I think I will try something with several laser
pointers if I have the chance one day.

> I did a series of panos of my back yard from the deck all summer long.
> I marked the extension of the tripod, so it was extended to the same
> position each time.
> I placed a screw into the deck, and drew a circle around it that the
> tripod legs would sit on.
>
Hhm, impossible in my case because the floor must not be painted at nor
could I place screws in it.

Again, thanks to everyone!

Best regards, Philipp
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