Have you ever seen a 3D model and wondered how it was made? This step-by-step course will guide you through what photogrammetry is, how it's done and how you can do it too!
This course will show you how to make a 3D model from scratch. Each chapter is filled with helpful step-by-step videos, plus plenty of practical hints and tips from two of the best experts in the field to help you improve. We’ll explain:
What you need to know about photogrammetry:
How to take the right photos:
Piecing your 3D model together:
You can start this four week course anytime you like by becoming a DigVentures Subscriber.
As soon as you subscribe, you’ll receive a welcome email inviting you to login. Once you’ve logged in, you can do your chapters in bite-sized chunks, or in one whopper weekend sitting – whichever you prefer! At the end of each one, you’ll be able to prove your newfound knowledge by making your very own model.
Your email will also include an invite to join the Facebook Study Group we set up for everyone on the course – it’s where you can say hello to your fellow classmates and subscribers, and discuss what you’re learning together, share your ideas and even call on the DigVentures team for help. It’s entirely optional, but we recommend joining – it will help you get the most out of the course!
Once the course is complete, you’ll still have access to all the content, which means you can revisit the material whenever you like. You’ll be making your own 3D models in no time!
You can start this course at anytime by becoming a Digital Subscriber.
You don’t need any special equipment to do the course – just a laptop and/or smartphone is enough!
In the course, we give step-by-step instructions on how to create 3D models using two different software packages; Metashape (available for Mac and PC) and Zephyr 3D (PC only).
If you want to try following the instructions for yourself, both software packages have a free trial version which you can download for free – although they do have some restrictions on how many photos you can upload, and what you can save at the end.
There are plenty of other software packages available too. Once you’re familiar with the basic steps involved, know what type of models you’d like to make, and just how technical you’d like to get, you can always find a programme that best suits your needs, and your budget.
A similar approach applies to cameras and other photography equipment. We provide instructions that enable you to try things out and improvise with just the stuff you already have. We also provide instructions and advice on getting more technical. Again, once you’ve done the course, and know what type of models you’d like to make, and just how technical you’d like to get, you can always find equipment that best suits your needs, and your budget.
The answer varies by individual. So far, our participants say it takes them 2-3 hours on average. You may spend longer if you enjoy experimenting when creating your models too!
Yes, you can go back and revisit the course content at any time, for as long as you remain a Subscriber.
This course has been created by DigVentures, with input from two of archaeology’s pioneering users; Adam Stanford and Chris Casswell.
The field team at DigVentures use photogrammetry in every aspect, recording artefacts, features, and trenches on each site we investigate!
Yes, if you want one, we’ll send you one! As soon as you complete the course, you can request a certificate it. It will be signed, stamped and dated by a member of the DigVentures team, and posted to you within a few weeks of your request.
The course does not award university credits. The best way to prove your skill to potential employers is simply to create your own portfolio!
You can access this course and others in our subscriber series for as little as £5 per month with a DigVentures Subscription. In addition you get priority booking at events and a range of subscriber-only training opportunities to build on what you learn online.