A capture plan will help you determine:

  1. How long it will take to capture the space with one person.
  2. If there are time constraints how many people you will require to get in and out of the space within a certain time frame.
  3. It will also help you determine what method you’ll use to create a path such as HDR.

The idea behind the capture plan is to visualize how much content is going to be created, and where you’re going to place hotspots, branches and all of that. It will also tell you how many linear feet you’ll be capturing in the project and ultimately you’ll end up with a number of frames that will be captured. These are all important because it will help you determine how to price a project, or how much you should be charged if you we’re to hire someone for the project.

Requirements for a Capture Plan:

  1. A floor plan of the space that you’re shooting.
  2. A measuring tool such as Microsoft’s Visio or Trimble’s SketchUp (formerly Google SketchUp).

Here are two files called “Capture Plan”. The first file is in a PDF format just in case you don’t have visio available to you. The other is the native Visio format.

Setting up the floor plan so that you can measure linear footage is actually pretty easy. All you need is one actual measurement from the floor plan. I’d a door way since most doors are 32-36 inches wide. Then you’ll create a linear line (red line) that is 3ft long. Then you’ll adjust the size of the floor plan until the door way is exactly as wide as the red line that is 3ft. Once you’ve done that then your floor plan is scaled and you can copy your red linear line and use it for creating other paths. (We’ll post a video of this soon).

Once you’ve created all of the red linear lines that resemble paths you can add up the red numbers to determine the amount of linear feet that you’re going to be capturing.

From there you can determine you determine how many frames the project will require based on how many frames you plan on capturing for each linear foot.

A larger space will accommodate larger distances between each node and a smaller space will require smaller distances for each node.

For example, lets say that you’ve got 100 linear feet to capture. Here are two scenarios to help you calculate how many frames you’ll need to capture:

Small Property

A small property like a house will require shorter distances in between each node because the walls are closer to the camera/subject. In this case we should capture a frame ever 6 inches to a 1ft in order to get those smooth transitions from node to node. In the event that we had to capture 500 linear feet we’d require anywhere between 100 – 200 frames.

Large Property

A large property such as a convention hall would accommodate much larger distances in between nodes because the objects are much further away. On a convention floor we can usually get away with 1 to 2 feet between each node. In this case a 100ft path would require about 50 -100 frames.

In most cases a photographer can capture 3-6 frames per minute depending on the lighting conditions. So the small property would require about 30 to 60 minutes to capture the path. The larger property would require about 15 to 30 minutes to capture.

The rest is just basic math. Soon, we’ll post an excel sheet that you can use to calculate how much time and people it will take to finish a project.