I jumped into photogrammetry after discovering Photoscan over a year ago. I’ve been slowly learning how to properly photograph items to get better results since then.
Between here and Thingiverse, I’ve shared a handful of different items, such as 19th century grave markers, ancient sculptures and other odds and ends that I can easily access. I’ve done it all just for the fun of it. I also have a small ulterior motive in hoping that some of the things I’ve digitized will prove useful someday to someone, sort of like sharing a photo of an event that might be important for reasons I’ve not considered.
I strongly believe that cultural / heritage items should be widely and freely available and 3D scans and models are a natural evolution from 2D static photos. It also makes previously fragile / stored / obscure things available to the public to interact with. I can think of dozens of different Greco-Roman sculptures I’ve only ever seen as photographs that I’d love to see in person, but I simply don’t have the funds to travel to Europe to visit them in the museums. 3D scans would suffice for me in my own case and I would probably be able to see any digitized sculpture under better circumstances at my computer than I would have in a crowded, restrictive museum setting.
I am probably preaching to the choir here, but the great public good that can be realized by 3D scanning of cultural items and heritage sites can’t be overstated. In places like Pompeii & Herculaneum, where the potential for further crumbling and vandalism is high, digital documentation in 3D is a no-brainer. Thinking of those two sites again, with Vesuvius long overdue for an eruption, I would be surprised if either archaeological site survived another eruption given their age and locations.
I’ve been dwelling on this concept in private ever since I started and have developed some strong personal opinions about 3D scanning and its benefits. Sometimes I run into walls with people and I just try my best to inform and educate them.
I haven’t tried to turn my hobby into a source of income as I don’t feel that my talents are good enough to justify charging anything. But, I can say I haven’t had this much fun in years!