Mapillary is designed to allow anyone to easily capture imagery. Whether you are contributing as an individual, group of people coming together for a Mapillary photo walk, or an organization working to systematically cover a city, following the capture process listed below will ensure the highest quality of images.
- Plan your route in advance. If you aim to cover a big area, divide it into smaller sections and think through how much you can do at a time.
- Work out the most interesting aspects of the route and determine the best way to capture different objects.
- Decide on your mode of transport. This depends on the size of the area you are photo mapping. From this, you can decide whether it is best to approach the task on foot, by bike or by car.
- Decide on which devices to use: mobile phones, action cameras and/or 360° cameras. Also, think about the equipment you need for mounting. Mapillary will give you a free car or bike mount for your mobile phone, simply submit a request.
- Prepare your devices beforehand:
- Make sure the batteries are charged and you have enough storage space.
- See that you have installed the Mapillary app (or any external apps you may be using).
- If you plan a longer mapping session, think about charging opportunities (like car chargers or power banks) and extra storage (like micro-SD cards or periodically transferring the images to a computer or an external memory device).
- Divide and conquer: if you have a group of mappers, divide into groups. With larger numbers, each group can be responsible for one type of capturing (panoramas, facades, objects etc.)
- Decide on how you upload. Make sure you have WiFi available when you need it (by default, Mapillary apps will never attempt upload on mobile data). If you gather up a lot of imagery, you can consider uploading it with the desktop uploader, web uploader or command line tools instead of using the Mapillary apps.
Here are some great examples of organizations that have done photo mapping projects: Red Cross (the Missing Maps project), World Bank (infrastructure in Dar es Salaam), OpenPompeii (cultural heritage hackathon).