Probably the most straight forward way to start generating Point Clouds from a set of pictures.
VisualSFM is a GUI application for 3D reconstruction using structure from motion (SFM). The reconstruction system integrates several of my previous projects: SIFT on GPU(SiftGPU), Multicore Bundle Adjustment, and Towards Linear-time Incremental Structure from Motion. VisualSFM runs fast by exploiting multicore parallelism for feature detection, feature matching, and bundle adjustment.
For dense reconstruction, this program supports Yasutaka Furukawa's PMVS/CMVS tool chain, and can prepare data for Michal Jancosek's CMP-MVS. In addition, the output of VisualSFM is natively supported by Mathias Rothermel and Konrad Wenzel's [SURE]