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Camera Matching in Six Steps in 3ds Max

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Date Added: 11th November 2010
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Create a camera and set Camera and Camera Target to 1.70cm height (the same height we are assuming the picture was taken from). Then set the camera in a viewport (Fig.05).

Fig. 05

This picture was taken from the ground and this means the horizon corresponds to human height. So activate Camera Horizon, then select and move Camera Target along the Z axis to match the virtual horizon to human height (= real horizon)(Fig.06 - 07).

Fig. 06

Fig. 07

Set the camera focal length (Lens) to the real camera focal length (Fig.08). There are three ways to know the focal length in the picture:

  • You already know it because you took the photo and you know your camera
  • Right click on the picture. You can find this value in Advanced Properties
  • Just experiment! It's usually around 35-38mm.

Fig. 08

Move the camera target right and left until it matches the lines (Fig.09)

Fig. 09

If you want to test your camera match you can do two things:

  • Move the plane up and down and check if it matches the photo
  • Delete the plane and create objects in the scene: they must look like they're a part of the picture (Fig.10).

Fig. 10

In this video you can follow these six steps in three minutes!

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Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Sevdalina on Thu, 23 April 2015 10:39am
Thank you so much for sharing such easy to understand and very useful tutorial:)
Marko on Wed, 22 October 2014 8:13pm
great&simple tutorial, thank you very much!
Santanu on Fri, 09 May 2014 4:24pm
Interesting article.
White on Mon, 09 September 2013 10:55am
Hello, Ciro! I found a difficulty of how to make the plane match to the photo by moving the camera. I've already followed your tutorial, but the plane won't follow the photo's perspective. Do you know why?
Brandon on Wed, 12 June 2013 1:33pm
Hi, THank you very much for the tutorial, its really helped.
Espie on Wed, 05 December 2012 11:20am
Thanks for the tutorial, does this also work for 2 point perspective?
Ullas on Fri, 04 May 2012 12:51pm
great , goo job... thankzzzzzzz :D
Pixelissue on Fri, 16 March 2012 10:55am
nice pic of Calle Larios, Malaga!
Calle on Tue, 07 February 2012 9:10am
Is this picture from Lisboa? Nice tutorial, thank you.
Gert on Tue, 17 January 2012 9:38am
Hey man, great tutorial. Thanks. Very well communicated. :)
Mahendra on Sun, 25 December 2011 1:45pm
really nice and cool tutorial ... infact the best one for camera matching
Zeeshan Rana on Sun, 11 December 2011 1:34pm
thank you so much.
Dwayne on Wed, 22 June 2011 6:29am
Great.. thanks! You have a typo - 1.70cm for camera height, but should be 1.70m (page2)
Adel on Thu, 28 April 2011 2:17pm
hi, thanks,, :)
Shehzad Ahmad on Fri, 26 November 2010 8:07am
Thanx a lot your tutorial had helped me a lot. Thank you very much
Phuoc on Sat, 20 November 2010 2:05pm
thanks, this help me alot
Yusuf ES on Mon, 15 November 2010 5:03pm
Brilliant idea, nice tutorial. Thanks.
PSicadeLio on Fri, 12 November 2010 12:57pm
Very very nice tutorial Ciro, Thanks!
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