Over the past year the Collections Department of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been developing a multi-image compositing technique, colloquially know as Rapid Capture Composited Imagery (RCCI). This process was developed in order to achieve high resolution photography of large, two dimensional and of nearly single-plane 3-D objects by utilizing off-the-shelf technology and equipment in a quick and efficient manner.
Here’s the challenge laid out in very simple terms—this a traditional flatbed scanner:
Depending on the resolution, a single scan can take a while. Let’s be optimistic and call it 5 minutes.
This is a traditional photo studio setup: