Hey everyone. I’m working on a new business providing (nearly) perspective-free orthographic reference photos of people.
I recently did a proof-of-concept photo shoot to test my method of getting an orthographic image of a person, and here are the results. Notice how you’re looking straight on from the head all the way down to the feet vs. (in a typical reference photo) straight on with the head, but eventually the tops of the feet with varying degrees of perspective depending on how long of a lens was used.
Same Female with arms removed from side views:
These are lo-res 512px versions, but links to higher-res 2k samples of the files are hosted here: reference.silentNstudios.com. Because these are just samples from a proof-of-concept test shoot, these are the only views that are currently available, but I’d love to get your feedback as artists for what else you need from reference images.
What I currently plan on offering are:
Better accuracy: Nearly perspective-free orthographic reference photos of people (beyond just stepping farther back and shooting with a long lens)
Less guesswork: The models will be shot with an emphasis on consistent posing between different views so that everything lines up from front, side, back, etc. (No head tilts, shifted stance, etc. between views)
Save time: The images will be pre-aligned and imported as reference planes in the file format of your choice (Maya and Blender to start, more formats to follow) so they are ready to start modeling with immediately.
Better textures: Models will be lit with uniform, flat lighting for better texture information. Specular highlights will be minimized or eliminated from dark-skinned models, and shadows will be equalized on light-skinned models. Full body images will be available in ~5k x ~5k resolution.
As I said, I’m just starting, so I’d love to get feedback for what you need while I’m still in the early stages of this business.