Last week, with the San Francisco Asian Art Museum closed to the public, Christian Pramuk baby-stepped his way in a half-circle around Standing crowned Buddha with four scenes of his life, using a DSLR to snap upward of 40 photos of the thousand-year-old stone sculpture.
“It doesn’t need to be perfect,” he said as he shot. “You just want to make good photographs, is the most important thing.”
He made a second pass, capturing different angles and more detail. ”I want to see surfaces from three different directions to get the full articulation of the surface.”
The Asian Art Museum allows photography (without flashes), but rarely do visitors document the art with such detail. Pramuk’s shots weren’t just for photography, though. He was using 123D Catch — the free software he oversees as a product manager for Autodesk — to create a 3-D digital rendering of the Buddha as part of an informal collaboration between Autodesk and the museum. Dubbed “Scanathon,” an invited handful of artists, friends and coworkers from Autodesk and Instructables, and 3-D enthusiasts carted iPhones, iPads, and DSLRs around the museum last Monday and Tuesday, using 123D Catch to capture art and print 3-D models of it.
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