First there was the snapshot, and then came video. Now there is Microsoft Photosynth, a new service from Microsoft Live Labs that goes far beyond how you now view, experience and share photos.
You can share or relive a vacation destination or explore a distant museum or landmark; with a digital camera and your own creativity and inspiration, you can use Photosynth to transform regular digital photos into a three-dimensional, 360-degree experience. Anybody who sees your “synth” is put right in your shoes, sharing in the same sense of exhilaration and wonder that you did at the time, with detail, clarity and scope impossible to achieve in conventional photos or videos. Additional Photosynth tips from Microsoft:
Read the Photosynth Guide before snapping away, take 3-300 photos with overlap between each shot taken, then download the synther (about 8 MB), and you are ready to create your synth.
Synths can be created with photos from virtually any digital camera, from basic point and shoot models and cell phone cameras all the way up to sophisticated digital SLR’s. There are no minimum resolution requirements.
Mark the appropriate attribution through the Creative Commons drop-down menu when creating your synth.
Once the synth is built, you can add tags, modify your description and also geo tag your synth. If you set the geo tag, viewers will be able to see your synth on Live Maps by clicking the “map” button.
Synths live in the public domain and can be embedded on Web sites, blogs and social networking sites such as Windows Live Spaces, Facebook or virtually any Web site where HTML can be edited. There is an “embed” button on the creation page.
Share your synths or other synths you are interested in with friends and family through the “share” button. The image you are on when you click “share” will give the viewer(s) that image as a starting point to the synth.
The last page of the Photosynth Guide provides keyboard shortcuts such as letter P which allows the viewer to move between images and the point cloud for instance.
Remember to tag your synths with “UK” so they are discoverable to all of us.
For more information please visit the Photosynth website.