Dec 15, 2014 | By Simon

As digital cameras become cheaper and free 3D software more readily available for a wide range of users, 3D printing has found its way into a wide variety of projects that only a couple years ago might not have even been an option.

Armed with a rig featuring 100 Canon Rebel cameras that were daisy-chained to shoot sequentially in a circle at high velocity, techno-art photographer Steven Sebring has created a collection of 1,000 poses featuring 100 photographs of each unique pose in his latest project titled Study of Pose, which opened this past weekend at New York City's Milk Studios.

The self-built camera rig, which helped Sebring yield 100,000 unique images of his model Coco Rocha, has been compared to the camera rig used in the famous 'bullet time' scene from the film The Matrix, which features a 360-degree pan around Keanu Reeves' character while he dodges bullets:

Unlike The Matrix however, Sebrings hardware and software setup was done without a multimillion-dollar budget.

"It doesn't matter what I'm using," Sebring told The Creators Project. "I just want the result."

The final result, which goes far beyond just the images themselves, is a comprehensive and interactive study in three-dimensional form that features a Study of Pose iOS app, a floor-to-ceiling screen installation of Rocha continuously rotating in pose, a series of artworks inspired by the poses and finally, hundreds of 3D printed figurines that were printed from the data collected from Sebring's 360-degree camera rig (in partnership with Shapeways).

While the rig was not intended to be a 3D scanner, its 360-degree image capture ability is able to capture data similarly to existing 3D scanners or mobile 3D scanning apps seen on iPhones and Android devices.

Here, we can see a similar 3D scanning process for gathering data for a 3D printable figurine albeit with one single camera source:

In comparison, Sebring's 100-camera rig allowed him to take one vast 360-degree capture at a high-speed versus having to rotate around Rocha with a single source while she held complex poses. When considering this, it becomes clear how powerful this 360-degree camera rig really is.

As for the vast variety of poses themselves, Sebring called upon hundreds of years of art history, fashion, dance and other forms of pose inspiration to create a library of forms for Rocha work off of.

"When Coco poses, there is a story being told with every gesture," Sebring writes in Study of Pose. "To me, that's storytelling at its most basic and beautiful. We covered all the classic poses from art history, and then moved into iconic poses from fashion and film. We also covered all manners of dance movement, from ballet to Elvis and everything in between."

While the 500-strong collection of 3D printed figurines from the series is certainly worth a peek if you're in New York through December 21st, Sebring hopes to open an entire facility dedicated to his 360-degree style of photography...which will most certainly feature a heavy dose of 3D printing.


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