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PHOTOGRAMMETRY IN PALEONTOLOGY – A PRACTICAL GUIDE

While I was on holiday my latest paper finally went online. It is a joint effort with Oliver Wings that details some good approaches for photogrammetric 3D modelling specimens. You can find the PDF at this link. The web version … Continue reading

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How to easily de-conflict event timings for conferences

Today’s topic has nothing to do with dinosaurs, but it is something some of you may encounter every once in a while. Let’s say you’re planning a conference with many events – talk sessions, poster sessions, workshops, whatnot. Obviously, you’ll … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 1: equipment

Taking photos for photogrammetry can be dead simple, or it can be a fiendishly difficult task. It all depends on the specimen you want to get a 3D model of. Here’s a not-so-short guide on how to ensure that your … Continue reading

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Using Hugin part 4: mosaic images

“What is a mosaic image?” people typically ask when I use the term. I explained it before, so I’ll just c&p: Mosaic images A mosaic is created by stitching (planar) photos together where each picture is taken from a different … Continue reading

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Using Hugin part 3: aligning and cropping only (medium difficulty)

Sometimes, you want to align photos, and remove barrel distortion maybe, but you do not want to stitch them. I detailed one example before, aligning photos for HDR. Typically, this does not work too well in graphics programs if you … Continue reading

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Using Hugin part 2: medium

Last time, I told you how to use the fully-automatic mode of hugin, and how to make a few minor corrections to improve results. Today, we will look at more complex panoramas, and some more manual work in the program. … Continue reading

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Using Hugin part 1: easy!

I’ve previously described how I use the panorama stitching program hugin – in my opinion the best program out there. It is free, it can be extremely easy to use, and it gives you the opportunity to do every step … Continue reading

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How to………. 4: cite and reference

Before, I gave hints on how to structure a paper and on how to get a paper ready for submission. The one thing I didn’t dwell on was how to handle citations (when you refer to someone else’s work in … Continue reading

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How to………3: prepare a paper for submission

Recent events, in the form of papers I was asked to review and papers I had to style edit, have made it clear to me that, apparently, many people do not really know how to make a paper ready for … Continue reading

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How to…….. 2.2: Panorama images 2

Taking pictures – the right way What can you do to improve your chances for a good match? Before we delve into the many little things to keep in mind, let’s get one big thing out of the way. What … Continue reading

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