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JeffFoster,anexpertin3Dmodeling,share SUBSCRIBETOOURNEWSLETTER
hisbestpractices
AswefoundinourCommercialDroneIndustryTrends,moreand emailaddress
morepeople(30%ofourusers!)areusingdronestomake3Dmodels.
Itssimpletomakea3DmodelwithDroneDeploy,andinfact,every SUBSCRIBE
mapincludesa3Dmodelviewbuttomakeahighqualitymodelthat
looksgreatfromeveryangle,theresabitmoretoit.

Tohelpyoulearnhowtomakebetter3Dmodels,wetalkedtoan
expertandaskedhimtosharehistipsandtricks.

JeffFoster,CoFounderof
SoundVisionsMediaand
EditorialDirectorofDrone
Coalitionisnostrangerto
3Dmodeling.Hesbeen
doing3Dmodeling,
renderingandanimation
sincetheearly90sandhas
evenwritten10bookson
thesubject.In2012,Jeff
wasworkingwiththePro
Videocoalitionwriting
articlesonGoProcameraswhenhewascontactedbyDJItoreview
theirnewdrone.Hegotone,tookitout,andthought,thischanges
everything.

Whenhefirstbeganmaking3Dmodelswithhisdrone,Jeffused
desktopsoftwaretoprocesstheimagery.ThenhefoundDroneDeploy.

Itssomuchfasterandcleaner.Themodelsthemselves,
andtobeabletoshowthemtopeoplewiththelinkhave
justbeenphenomenal.JeffFoster

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Today,JefffliesaDJIInspire1withX3andX5cameras,aswellasa
DJIPhantom3.Inthisblogpost,Jeffwillwalkthroughthestepshe
tooktocreatea3DmodeloftheabandonedNavydormsonTreasure
Island,nearSanFrancisco,usinghisPhantom3Professionaldrone.

Step1:PickaTimetoFly
AccordingtoJeff,oneofthemostimportantstepsinusingyourdrone
tomakea3Dmodelistopickagoodtimetofly.Besidesavoidinghigh
windsorrain,itsalsoimportanttopickatimewithgoodlighting.

Ifitsanovercastday,thatsbestbecausetherearentstrong
shadows,saidJeff.Iusuallypicksometimearoundnoonwherethere
aretheshortestshadowspossible,butyoudontalwaysgetachance
tochoosethat.[Clicktotweet]

Theworsttimeofday?Tooearlyortoolateinthedaybecausethats
whentheshadowsarelongestandwillhavethegreatestaffectonthe
outcomeofthemodel.

WhenflyingattheabandonedNavydorms,Jeffflewaround10amon
apartlycloudyday.

Step2:CaptureNadirImagery
Jefflikestostartbycapturingnadirimagery,photoscapturedfrom
directlyabovelookingdown,usingthefreeDroneDeployflightapp
(iOSorAndroid).Hesimplyoutlinestheareahewantstoflyonabase
layermap,andtheappgeneratesaflightplan.Followingasafety
check,thedroneautomaticallytakesoff,fliesalongtheautomated
flightpathcapturingimagesandthenlands.

Ivebeenflyingforafewyearsandothermapping
softwarethatIveplayedwithisalittlescarybecauseit
doesntalwaysdowhatyouexpectittodo.The
DroneDeployflightapphasbeenreallysoliditsreally
phenomenal.JeffFoster

Step3:CircletheStructuretoCapture
ObliqueImagery
Ifyouremakinga3Dmodelofrelativelyflatterrain,anoverheadflight
mightbesufficienttomakeagoodmodel.However,ifyouremodeling
astructureorrockformationwithsteep,verticalorconcavesides,
overheadimagesdontcaptureagoodviewofthesidesofthe
structure.Forthisreason,Jeffrecommendsflyingtwoadditionalorbital

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flightsaroundthestructurecapturingobliqueimagerytoimprovethe
qualityofyourmodel.[Clicktotweet]

Gettingthemanualobliqueimages,inadditiontothe
automatedonesontop,getsmealotbetterresultsthan
justshootingfromthetopJeffFoster

Inclusionofobliqueimageryinthe3Dmodelontherightdramatically
improvedmodelqualitycomparedtothemodelontheleft.
Jeffcapturesmanualobliquesbytiltingthecamera45degreesand
flyingaroundthestructureatafixedradiusatthesamealtitudeasthe
originalnadirflight.ThenIllcomedownabouthalfthealtitudeand
anglethecameracloseto90degreesandcirclethestructureagain,
saidJeff.

Whencapturingobliqueimagesitsimportanttoavoidcapturingthe
horizonwithinyourimages.WhenJeffmakesthesetwoorbitalflights,
hemanuallytriggersthecamerashuttertotakeeachpicture.However
ifyourejuststartingout,youmightexperimentwithflyingveryslowly
andsettingthecamerathroughyourdronesflightapptoautomatically
captureimagesevery35seconds.

Insomecases,wherethestructureismoreintricateorincludes
overhangs(suchastheevesonahouse),Jeffmayevendoathird
possiblyhandheldorbitfromanevenlowerangle,pointingthe
cameraupto90degrees.

DiagramshowingthefourflightsmadetomodeltheabandonedNavy
dorms
AttheabandonedNavydorms,Jeffmadethreeadditionalflightsto
captureobliqueimagery.Oneat150feetwiththecameraangled45
degrees,andanotherat70feetwiththecameraangledat
approximately80degrees.Thenhedidafinaloverviewpassatabout
30degreesataround230feettocapturetheentirearea.Thefour
flights,includingobliquesandnadir,tookabout45minutestotaland
coveredapproximately10acres.

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ExampleimageryfromthreeofJeffsfourflights
Step4:ProcesstheImagerytoGenerate
Your3DModel
Oncehefinishedflying,Jeffuploaded504photosfromallfourflights
toDroneDeployandchosetoprocesstheimageryasastructure.
Afterafewhours,DroneDeployscloudbasedprocessingstitchedall
theimagestogetherandthe3Dmodelwascomplete!

ThisviewinDroneDeployshowsthecoverageofphotosusedto
generatethemodel.Imagesfromthenadirflightareoutlinedinyellow,
obliqueimagesareoutlinedwithpinkdottedlines.
ExploretheCompleted3DModel
Exploretheinteractive3Dmodel(below)orwatchtheflythrough
video(furtherbelow).

DroneDeploy 3D model: Treasure Island


by DroneDeploy


Loading 3D model

DroneDeploy3Dmodel:TreasureIsland
byDroneDeploy
onSketchfab

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3D Aerial y-through - Treasure Island Abandoned...

Watcha3DflythroughvideooftheabandonedNavydorms.
TheMostCommonMistake
Jeffsaidthatoneofthemostcommonmistakespilotsmakeisthat
theyrenotconsistentwithwhattheyreshootingittakestimetoget
proficientinflyingandsomedonttakethetimetolearn.Elaborating
further,Jeffsaidthatnovicepilotsmaynotgetenoughoverlap
betweenimagesorcoverenoughareaiftheyreflyingmanually.[Click
totweet]

Howdoyouavoidthismistake?Practice,practice,practice!Jeff
recommendspracticinginbigwideopenspacesorwithflightsway
abovethetreeline.Toensuresufficientoverlapbetweenimages,err
onthesideoftakingimagesmorefrequentlyandcoveringmoreofthe
surfaceofthestructure.

CommercialApplicationsfor3DModels
Droneenthusiastsarenttheonlyonesusingdronestomake3D
models.Constructionsitescommonlyuse3Dmodelstoevaluatethe
topographyofasite,identifyearthmovingneeds,andtomonitor
progressofprojectsagainstprojectschedules.Otherindustriesusing
dronebased3Dmodelingincludeminingandinspection.

Jeffisexcitedaboutthepotentialusesfordronebased3Dmodelsin
environmentalconservation.Hehasbeenexperimentingwithusing
dronestomeasureandmodelhighandlowtidealongthebay.You
canseedifferencesin3D.Youcanseeurbanizationaffectingerosion
alongthewetlandsthathasimportantintrinsicvaluehereandnow,
saidJeff.

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Jeffs3DModelofRefugioCreek,inHercules,CA
WheretoLearnMore
Tolearnmoreabouthowtomake3DmodelswithDroneDeploy,check
outthe3Dmodelingwithdronesinoursupportdocumentation.Drone
CoalitionandFliteTestalsoincludetutorialsshowinghowtomake3D
modelswithDroneDeploy.Ifyoustillhaveadditionalquestionsabout
makinggreat3Dmodels,askotherflyerswithinthecommunityforum.

MakeFree3DModelswithDroneDeploy
Itseasyandfreetostartmaking3DmodelswithDroneDeploy.Just
signupforanaccountordownloadourflightappontheAppStoreor
GooglePlay.

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Comments

MarcMulkeysays
JANUARY30,2017AT7:55AM

Greatarticle.Iamtakingmybusinessmoretowardthese
areas,especiallytheminingandinspectionrelatedfields.
DroneDeployisafantastictool.

Reply

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RoyceChisnallsays
JANUARY31,2017AT3:32AM

Ifyouwantanyuseabledatathendonotuseacamera
witharollingshutter,suchasaphantomorinspire1.
Theywillonlygiveinaccurateprettyimages.

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