Day 146: A Midnight Stereoscopic Landscape

by Ivan Steenkamp June. 24, 2017 1125 views


For a very long time I have been fascinated with 3D photography (like most people are). Looking through my Dad's View-Master slides at three dimensional scenes in exotic locations was my first taste as I remember. I loved it! Later, I discovered a way to create my own 3D photos using a very simple technique which only required one camera and a stationary scene! I did a lot of them... It sort of lost its appeal to me when I saw that most of them did not work or alight very well. Recently though I took up the challenge again.

Here is the start of my 3D photos.

3D photos (and videos) work in the same way our eyes do. By overlapping two images (which were seen/shot from slightly different angles) and then creating one image which has depth to it. That is how your eyes allow you to perceive were the ball is in the air before you catch it! So, how does a still photograph work, you ask?

Well for the photos I took bellow, the same principle applies. Both photos need to be shot from different angles at the same scene.

I used my tripod to take both photos, first the photo on the left (for your right eye) then the photo on the right (which is for your left eye, like you guessed!).

To make the photo come to life you need to overlap both photo by crossing your eyes while looking at the screen. It is a bit tricky the first time so I put a dot under each photo. Overlap both dots and the keep your eyes locked and look at the centre photo (there will be two out of focus photos, one either side of the 3D/centre photo). Move away from your screen a bit or minimise this page to view it easier if you are having trouble holding your focus on the photos.

Pro Tip: When taking two photos for a 3D scene it is important to keep everything nearly in the same place when you take each photo. Take the first photo then move yourself and your camera slightly to the left while still holding closely the same composition. In this way you will have two photos in the right order as well (Right eye first taken from the right, left eye second taken from the left, as you guessed!). If not shot in this way it does not work so well!

A scene from our garden.

A scene from our garden.

Did you get it to work? Comment please!

Metadata: D5300, 18-105mm lens @ 18mm, ƒ/3.5, 30 sec, ISO-1600.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro.


Check out this website if you are a bit confused by my explanation.

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