View Full Version : Aligning model to match photo

11-16-2004, 05:46 PM
I have built some buildings that I wish to integrate into a real aerial photo.

Is it possible to set up the Aerial photo in lightwave so that I can easily match the camera angel/distance - at the moment I have to run trial and error, and its going way to slowly.

If you know how I should do this please explain in detail as I have already been searching throgh the DISPLAY optioins, as well as the BACKGROUND options - they just dont seem to change my camera view (texture shaded solid)


11-17-2004, 01:02 AM
I don't think that there is an easy way. As well as the angle and distance you also have the zoom setting on the lens to consider (lightwave and the camera setting for the ariel picture). The wider the original camera lens, the more distortion you can expect in your picture. Good luck!


jin choung
11-17-2004, 01:37 AM


(completely free god blessem)

if you know the dimensions of 1 box like item, it will match camera angle, focal length, etc.

SYNTHEYES is also great for moving shots. i am a proud owner and i highly recommend it - for what it is and does, ludicrously affordable!



11-17-2004, 01:39 AM
I'll give you this sure advice for free.....

stop messing around.... go there...


...and it does not cost a leg and a kidney.... :D

11-17-2004, 01:52 AM
You can also put the image in the background, go to display options and set camera background to Background Image, set your view to wireframe, or certaina bjects so you can see the background, and then do it by hand. that is _at least_ no trial and error. best is if you know the focal length, put it in the camera exactly, and also estimate the meters away from the subject. it helps.

11-17-2004, 09:05 AM
If you don't mind doing a little leg-work in Photoshop, here is a good method of finding the camera position from a still:


It gets you pretty darn close.

11-20-2004, 01:12 PM
Thank you all very much for the advice!