We use 72 high resolution DSLR cameras on an 8-sided rig that surrounds the subject(s) and allows us to photograph 360-degrees in less than one second. This 10 x 10 foot rig is portable so may be taken to special events or locations. We never use flashes, it is placed outside and the open frame (you can see a glimpse of it in one of the above photos) is camouflaged with fake ivy so it does not disturb pets or children.
This is especially useful when photographing pets or young children who can't quite sit still for one whole second, let alone the 2-3 minutes needed to get the 360-degrees if the photography is done by one person with one camera. It is also good for special events since it is very fast.
We developed this in response to Covid-19 social distancing. All you need is one person with one camera (such as a smart-phone) to be your photographer then s/he can take the 360-degree photos of the subject(s), we'll download them and do the rest.
This is great if the subject(s) can sit still for the 2-3 minutes needed to get 360-degrees worth of photos. It's designed to be convenient since it and can be done by anyone with a camera and an internet connection anywhere in the World.
Please see the document 'Tips for home photography' for detailed guidance on how to take excellent photographs needed to make a beautiful sculpture.
We have several drones but our primary one is a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 drone with a 20 megapixel camera to fly up to 400 feet above ground (or higher if within 400 feet of a structure) to take images at various angles and heights. Photos can be used for residential or commercial real estate sales, to inspect hard to access areas, to make a detailed 3D image or 3D model of a large building or structure using photogrammetry.
Only staff who are currently certified by the FAA as a UAV pilot operate the drone and we comply with all FAA regulations.
You get life-time ownership of the final images (in contrast to licensing them to you for a restricted period). We will provide some images with text, arrows and cropping but you also get all the originals so you may format or edit them as you wish.
The 360-degree photos are synthesized into a single 3D image using a method called photogrammetry. It may take several hours for a many-core liquid-cooled computer to process billions of pixels into one 3D image.
After we edit the 3D image (e.g., remove wrinkles or acne, lift droopy eye-lids, remove bags from under the eyes, slim skin under the jaw and thicken hair), we use various technologies based on the material you choose to 3D print the sculptures. The sculptures are finished by hand and are solid.
We make the pedestals from non-laminate Italian marble and gild these in genuine 24-Kt gold. The pedestals are 0.5" thick and 4"-8" wide to fit the sculpture size. Each pedestal has a name-plate with laser-engraved words in the font you select.
All of our work is done in the USA.
North Charleston, South Carolina, 29418
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