Aerial Interior Photo of a Building Created by Stitching Hundreds of Photos

Architectural photographer Brett Beyer was recently commissioned by Cornell University to make a photograph of the interior of its recently completed Milstein Hall. The request wasn’t for a standard interior photo, but for an aerial shot of the 25,000-square-foot studio space that looked as if you were looking down at it with the roof removed (think Google Earth but for the interior of a building). Beyer accomplished this by pointing his Canon 5D Mark II and 17-40mm lens down from the ceiling on a 12-foot boom and then capturing 250 separate photographs of every square inch of the space over three days. He then spent 10 days stitching the images together by hand in Photoshop to create the amazing photo seen above.

Here’s a crop showing the details of one section of the photo:

This is the boom set up Beyer used for the project:

You can view an interactive, zoomable version of this photograph here.

Image credits: Photographs by Brett Breyer and used with permission

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    And I thought I took some complex pictures today with about 20 people in the frame dancing…

  • John MacLean

    Hopefully he got paid commensurately for his hard work?!

  • Roelof

    Wondering why he used photoshop to stitch this stuff. PTgui would have stitched it in a couple of minutes…

    Great project though with an amazing result!

  • videoflyer

    Yes, entirely inexplicable that he’d use the single most-used image-editing application to do this instead of a niche product that I, for one, had never even heard of until I saw your mention. I checked it out – it looks very cool, don’t get me wrong. But since I already own Photoshop, chances are I’d use that, too, for a project of this nature instead of shelling out more money for PTgui.

  • russianbox

     PTgui is well known by people who do panoramic/stitching photography, sorry to burst your 8mm fish eye lens bubble!

  • jfrzn

    reminds me of alain paiement’s work

  • Alex

    This is just awesome. 

  • ManishParekh

    Almost unthinkable. Awesome work!

  • Hakan

    Panorama software that PTgui and autopano giga’s great when you stand in one place and take pictures. But moving the camera for each image in a linear or rectangular pattern, as they are unable to put together a panorama.
    If possible I would like to know how to do it, because I have tried.

  • Abarrutia

    Andreas Gefeller Did the same thing years ago…