BBC News Online has an interesting report detailing how two American photographers have incorporated advanced technology into digital cameras to speed up architectural photography.

BBC News Online has an interesting report detailing how two American photographers have incorporated advanced technology into digital cameras to speed up architectural photography.

Tom Watson and Rob Howard have created a device that can capture images 140Mb in size using a 144Mb camera, which they claim can capture 100 times more data than a conventional digital camera.

The technology used harks back to spy satellite technology; equipment used includes a tripod, scanner, large-format camera and 80Gb hard drive. On taking a picture, each of the three RGB colours is scanned individually, in exposures that are sometimes as long as 18 minutes.

The vast increase in image size enables more detail to be captured, making the device especially useful for architects; instead of surveying detail in a high or far-off building through the laborious method of using binoculars, taking a single high-resolution photograph will display minute detail.

Find out more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/4564563.stm