Proper photography is key to creating accurate models. Variations in the background, lighting, or camera settings can lead to photographs that the modelling software cannot process correctly. A photo of the setup used in this project is below.

Thanks to the resources of the OU Library 3D Scanning Lab ( this project has access to high quality lights and equipment. The object is set on a manual turntable and photographed with a Canon Mark II. First, a photo of the background without the object is shot. After this, the object is placed back on and the turntable is moved ten degrees with every photograph. This leads to a total of 36 photos per camera circuit. 

In order to photograph small objects with interiors, like crucibles, one must take several circuits at different angles around the object.