Category Archives: Digitizing

My awesome digiS project: mass digitizing sauropod bones

Last year I applied for a grant from the Senatskanzlei Berlin for the 2015 digiS funding programme. digiS is a state-wide (i.e. Berlin-wide) programme intended to coordinate and support digitizing efforts.They have an about page on their website that is … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 10: an improved method for mid-sized objects

Last December I was granted a sack full of money by the Senatskanzlei Berlin for the 2015 digiS programme. I’ll soon post more about that; what matters for this post is that I promised to mass digitize the rather unwieldy … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 9: Quick and dirty!

Over the course of previous tutorials and in my paper with Oliver Wings I’ve given quite a bit of advice on how to photogrammetrize objects properly. Today, I’ll address the other end of the spectrum: how to approach photogrammetry unprepared … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 8: scaling “with hindsight”

Recently, I mentioned in passing that I took some photographs of specimens at the AMNH in New York so that I could better scale models I had calculated from photographs taken during my previous visit. Here’s how that worked out, … Continue reading

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AMNH Feb 2015

A short while ago I paid a rather unexpected and sudden visit to the AMNH in New York. American Museum of Natural History – that name stands for one of the greatest museums in the world, and it has much … Continue reading

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Measuring Giraffatitan’s limbs

TL; DR: loads cool pics of dinosaurs at end of post. Recently, a colleague contacted me via email. He wanted to know if he could use the opportunity of his Berlin visit for SVP to climb up a ladder and … Continue reading

Posted in 3D modeling, anatomy, Conferences, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Giraffatitan, MfN Berlin, photogrammetry, Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha, SVP 2014 | 9 Comments

SVP2014 – the wind-up

Today is Sunday, November 2, 2014, which means that the 74th Annual Meeting of the venerable Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will start in less than 72 hours. Hashtag #SVP2014, by the way. Depending on how you count the public lecture … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 7: multi-chunk project handling

In palaeontology (and many other disciplines) you often deal with specimens that you wish to capture in what I term “720°” – all around (360° around it for the vertical axis), and bottom and top, too (360° around the transverse … Continue reading

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A more detailed take on Pinus macro photogrammetry

Previously, I described a few photogrammetry tests I did with a macro lens, but I didn’t go into the technical details much. Some people have asked me how exactly I took the photos, so here’s the detailed description. First of … Continue reading

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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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Photogrammetry with a macro lens

So far, most of my photogrammetry efforts have dealt with specimens in the several centimetre to meter range. Bones, skulls, entire skeletons. The smallest models I created were of ammonites – more on that currently on-hold project later – with … Continue reading

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A digital dino bone

This post is a re-blog, or more accurately the English translation re-blog (with minor alterations to adapt it to pre-existing content here on dinosaurpalaeo), of a post I wrote for the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin‘s blog Museumsdinge. The title roughly … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 6: building a model from the photos

EDIT 12 May 2015: Please see this post for an update of some of the methods described below! Sometimes, a specimen is better dealt with without a turntable, even though it theoretically could go on one! We’ve been through the … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 5: a little visual aid for you

Here’s a little video I cooked up to show the turntable photography method I described in part 3 of this series. I do not wish to part with the dough to buy the video update for WordPress, so please find … Continue reading

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Holding hands with Plateosaurus

Although I did not start my professional career in palaeontology as a dinosaur researcher, but (can you believe it?) as a palaeobotanist, the Upper Triassic basal sauropodomorph dinosaur Plateosaurus engelhardti from Central Europe has been accompanying me for a very … Continue reading

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