Folks! Its not as easy as it looks….

At the beginning of this course, I planned to chronicle my adventures of entering into the terrifying digital world. This week’s tale commences at Canada’s Museum of Science and Technology, where my classmates and I were photographing artifacts from the Air Canada Collection to construct 3d models. My group members and I started posing the artifacts (flight attendant uniform pieces). Following this, we took sequential series of photographs to put into 123d catch. At the time, we thought we covered our bases with two of us taking pictures of each object and for some of us this worked, but sadly not for the model I chose to construct.

So I went home all excited to upload my pictures into 123d catch ipad version, but I couldn’t figure out how to upload them correctly. As a result, I switched to the desktop version. It started off well, however, when I added a picture and it zoomed in, the rest of the pictures deleted and I had to start again.

After a couple of missteps I got it to start processing my capture….

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The idea was to make a model of a uniform hat. Even though you can see that the hat is there, it is kind of contorted. As such, this image reminds me of a horror movie. However, this was actually the best model of the bunch.

This attempt two

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Looks good in the front, but there is no back. At this point, I was confident with my technological skills. However, I knew that I needed more photographs, so I tried the images Sara took and this happened…

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I am not sure what happened here, but when I tried it again this is what appeared…

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and again

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At this point, you can understand why my initial excitement has turned into serious frustration.

I am so frustrated with this technology that it is hard to see what advantages if offers when working with artifacts. I think it has its benefits, but the novelty of being able to recreate a 3d model on screen has worn off. Furthermore, 123d catch should be easy to use and accessible, but these examples show that despite my greatest efforts, it just doesn’t like me.  Yet, there are other programs that can be used. Tomorrow, I will use another program called photoscan, and hopefully I have better luck.

While my digital adventure has hit a bumpy path and I am fed up with the technology, I can still see the potential for these models to be used in museum practice. Not only do they offer grad students a ‘hands on experience’ in the field, these models also offer an incredible resource to get the public involved in a different type of history. In addition, I am excited about our project because the final project is starting to take shape. Is it going to be smooth sailing from here on out, however, with my record probably not. Yet, I think that it will all turn out okay in the end.