The Open Source Photo Studio project (OSPS) is a collaboration between photographers, programmers, technicians and designers. It aims to create a modular and expandable ecosystem of hardware and software components for product photography and automated image documentation. The hardware and software is developed under an open source license.
The design, assembly and construction is developed to be as simple and rudimentary as possible – as is the choice of the component materials, thus making this device affordable and easily available to anyone.
The software for this project is developed under the GPL licence and is also based on currently available open source solutions. Nevertheless the OSPS device can be integrated and function with closed source and commercial solutions.
Controlling the device is done via a HTML5-based web interface. This makes the software 100% platform independent and makes it also possible for remote use by an operator on a separate location.
The photography and documentation process is focused around a central motorised turntable on which the objects are placed. The position of the camera, lens and exposure settings are controlled via mechanical actuators, electronics and software – as can the position and intensity of lights be controlled.
The background of this device can change in colour, brightness and texture – thus facilitating object masking and measuring processes.
Extensive automated image manipulation, measurements, OCR and photogrammetry can be applied to the captured data. The system also facilitates the publishing process to databases, web portals, file servers, FTP, email, etc.
The goal of this project is to design and develop a machine suitable for automated photography, object measuring and data publishing.
The choice of a simplistic design and open source licence strives to facilitate the use and ownership of the Open Source Photo Studio, making it possible for more people to create better image documentation of artefacts anywhere around the world.
- Photography of many products repetitively in the same manner – i.e. for web shop applications.
- Creation of 360 turntable interactive images and filmed videos.
- Systematic documentation of numerous museum, art and antique artefacts.
- Image acquisition over the Internet of objects in remote locations.