Photogrammetry is the art, science and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through the process of recording, measuring and interpreting photographic images and patterns of electromagnetic radiant imagery and other phenomena.
There are many variants of photogrammetry. One example is the extraction of three-dimensional measurements from two-dimensional data (i.e. images); for example, the distance between two points that lie on a plane parallel to the photographic image plane can be determined by measuring their distance on the image, if the scale of the image is known. Another is the extraction of accurate color ranges and values representing such quantities as albedo, specular reflection, metallicity, or ambient occlusion from photographs of materials for the purposes of physically based rendering.
Close-range photogrammetry refers to the collection of photography from a lesser distance than traditional aerial (or orbital) photogrammetry. Photogrammetric analysis may be applied to one photograph, or may use high-speed photography and remote sensing to detect, measure and record complex 2D and 3D motion fields by feeding measurements and imagery analysis into computational models in an attempt to successively estimate, with increasing accuracy, the actual, 3D relative motions.
Would you like to try photogrammetry?
There are multiple free or inexpensive software options. Please note, Autodesk ReCap is the only available option to use in the computer lab.
|Name||Type||Output File Formats||OS||Price|
|COLMAP||Aerial, Close-Range||ply, vrml||Windows, macOS, Linux||Free|
|Meshroom||Aerial, Close-Range||abc, obj||Windows, Linux||Free|
|MicMac||Aerial, Close-Range||geotiff, ply, xml||Windows, macOS, Linux||Free|
|Multi-View Environment||Aerial, Close-Range||MVE||Windows, macOS||Free|
|OpenMVG||Aerial, Close-Range||ply||Linux, Windows, MacOS||Free|
|Regard3D||Aerial, Close-Range||obj, ply||Windows, macOS, Linux||Free|
|VisualSFM||Aerial, Close-Range||ply||Windows, macOS, Linux||Free|
|3DF Zephyr||Aerial, Close-Range||ply, obj, fbx, pdf 3D, u3d, dae, pts, ptx, xyz, txt, las, e57||Windows||Limited free version and paid version from €149+tax|
|Autodesk ReCap||Aerial, Close-Range||asc, cl3, clr, e57, fls, fws, isproj, las, pcg, ptg, pts, ptx, rds, txt, xyb, xyz, zfs, zfprj||Windows||From $40/month|
|Agisoft Metashape||Aerial, Close-Range||fbx||Windows, macOS, Linux||From $179|
|Bentley ContextCapture||Aerial, Close-Range||3ms, 3sm, kml, dae, fbx, obj, dae, stl||Windows||On request|
|Correlator3D||Aerial||.asc, geotiff, .las||Windows||From $250/month|
|DatuSurvey||Aerial, Close-Range||ENH, NEH, DXF, PLY, PDF, LAS, PNG, GTIFF||Windows||From $350/month|
|DroneDeploy||Aerial||dxf, GeoTIFF, las, obj, xyz||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS||$149/month or $99/month when billed annually|
|Elcovision 10||Aerial, Close-Range||All currently known image formats||Windows||On request|
|iWitnessPRO||Aerial, Close-Range||TXT, CSV, PTS, LAS, PLY, DXF, KML||Windows||$2,495|
|IMAGINE Photogrammetry||Aerial||img, igg, ovr. l, noaa, rpf, ddf, dem, til, dt2, ecrg, hdr, xml, ecw, url, ant, dig, alg, ers, gis, lan …||Windows||On request|
|LiMapper||Aerial, Close-Range||PLY, OBJ, LAS||On request|
|Photomodeler||Aerial, Close-Range||3ds, 3dm, dxf, igs, kml, kmz, las, ma, ms, obj, pts, byu, facet, iv, ply, stl, txt, wrl||Windows||One time fee of $995 or from $49/month|
|Pix4D||Aerial||obj, fix, dxf, las, las, kml, tif, osgb, slpk, shp||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS||One-time fee of €3,990 or €260/month or €217/month when paid annually|
|RealityCapture||Aerial, Close-Range||jpg, png, XYZ, XYZRGB, tiff, bmp, dib, rle, jpeg, jpe, jfif, exif, exr, tif, wdp, jxr, dds, KML, KMZ, obj, ply, partlist, fbx, dxf, dae, bvh, htr, trc, asf, amc, c3d, aoa, mcd, wmv, mp4||Windows||From $99/for three months|
|SOCET GXP||Aerial||Windows||On request|
|Trimble Inpho||Aerial, Close-Range||Windows||On request|
|WebODM||Aerial||GeoTIFF, png, las, obj||Windows, macOS||From $57|