i3DSteroid Stereoscopic 3D Photo App

I just bought the iPad version (there is an iPhone version too) – hey, it works! i3DSteroid is a Stereoscopic 3D Photo App for iPhone and iPod touch – 3D Vision Blog.

Unlike many 3D apps, this one includes automatic and manual image alignment. You can pull photos out of your photo gallery, both MPO and independent stereo pairs.

Once done with your 3D processing, you can also upload to Facebook or Twitter. Nice.

Another 3D image to poke your eyes out

This was taken using a single Lumix GH-2 camera and moving the camera less than an inch between the left and right shots. The two images were combined using Stereo Photo Maker. The alignment was so good that I did not really need to adjust anything except for a tiny rotation.

Issues:  We live far north and it is very dark at this time of the year. I shot this at ISO 160 and even at the widest lens setting, this ended up with a low aperture and a bit narrowing of the depth of field. Would have preferred for everything to be sharp.

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Yet another claim that 3D is dead and dying

Based on these developments alone, consumers might think that the 3D trend is alive and well. In reality, the format has yet to take off. Consumers were not persuaded to trade in their televisions, buy new cameras or new game consoles. They did not buy into 3D smartphones either.

via The 3D Trend Fails…Again – NASDAQ.com.

Where do we “trade in” our TVs or cameras? Am I missing something?

Consumers just finished upgrading old TVs to HDTVs and were not about to instantly replace them with 3D TVs – in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. Is this hard to understand?

The author says 3D is showing on fewer theater screens – but it never made sense to run 3D on all screens of your local movieplex. As of December 2011, about half the world’s theaters had converted to digital format and it costs about 10% more to add 3D.  The local movieplex doesn’t need to convert all screens to 3D, only some of them as there is not yet sufficient content and not everyone wants to pay the exorbitant, high profit premium some theaters charge for the 3D version of the movie.

Consumers have shown they like 3D games. And online 3D is growing nicely and may largely bypass the mainstream content pipes and achieve success on the Internet. There is a coming convergence of 3D technology, glasses-free displays, cameras, content and Internet delivery that will create a viable 3D market.

Since switching my own blog and my Google+ page commentary to mostly 3D, I have seen a faster rate of growth in readership.

People are interested in 3D – but not in spending big bucks for 3D HDTVs just yet – and not buying high priced theater tickets for ridiculous lame stories like Prometheus (great 3D image quality – dumb story).

My guess is The Hobbit will challenge some minds about 3D!

Or we could go back to silent, black & white movies. I mean, who would ever want to hear actors talk or see things in color? Color just detracts from the story.

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Wide base 3D photo of river side

This is a wide stereoscopic base 3D photo taken using a single Canon SX 1 IS camera in automatic mode/jpeg output. The shot was taken by snapping the left image and the moving the camera to the right – I did not record how far I moved. However, far enough! As you can see with your red/cyan glasses on, this photo shows depth effects well into the distance, especially along the far side of the river.

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3D Stereo Images and Photos | Phereo

3D Photo organizer, online 3D photo galleries, 3D editing software, upload capabilities: 3D Stereo Images and Photos | Phereo.

Software to process 3D images – free version (with watermarked Phereo logo on images) and Pro version ($24.99).

Phereo is apparently based in Moscow, Russia.

There are some good ideas here – 3D editing, photo albums, and upload all in one, for example. But am not sure I get their online video hosting business (fee-based) and how is it different than hosting sites like Youtube’s 3D support?

Careful – that branch might poke your eye out!

The branch at upper left really sticks out at you!

This is a single camera 3D image taken using a Canon SX 1 IS, shooting separate left and right images and then combining them with Stereo Photo Maker.

This image was intended to feature the branch poking out at you! Go ahead – click on the image for full size! Red/Cyan glasses needed to see this stereoscopic anaglyph photo in 3D.

See below for info on how to take a photo like this.

Taking 3D Photos With One Camera

I like taking 3D photos with one camera – any stationary subject will work in 3D shots.

To take a picture like this, I always shoot the left image first, move the camera a little to the right, and then take the right image photo.

To keep the camera lined up, I prop the camera on my left hand. Hold your left hand in front you and point your index finger to your right and point your thumb straight up. (I know, I need a photo of this!)

I take the shot and then, using my right hand, slide the camera along my hand/index finger over to the right. Using my left hand as a support works as a camera guide, helping to keep the camera level and moved in a line to the right.

How far to move to the right? That depends on how far the subject is to your camera! In 3D, the interaxial distance (also known as interocular distance) is critical to your 3D images. One rule-of-thumb is that the subject should be at least 30 times the distance of the left and right lens, away from your camera. For a lens spacing of one inch, the subject should be at least 30 inches away using that rule (rules are also meant to be broken).

For close subjects, I may move the camera 1/4 to 1/2″, as in the photo above. For subjects further away from the camera, I may move over 3 inches, take a photo, and then perhaps move over another 3 inches and take another photo. Later, I can see which spacing works best – 3 inches or 6 inches. Sometimes I take several photos like this – moving to the right after each shot.

If your camera has a “macro” wide angle feature, you can shoot 3D photos of very small objects – literally taking the camera down to within inches of the subject – and moving the camera the tiniest amount to the right. Once you master “macro” 3D, a whole new world of subjects open up to you – and provide unique picture taking opportunities.

While our own eyes are about 2 1/2″ apart, we can see depth closer than that implies (think 3″ x 30 or 90″!) That’s because our eyes can point inwards towards each other to converge on the close subject. But eventually, as we get down really close, not even that will help and we cannot really see 3D. But your camera can! And that’s why macro 3D photography creates opportunities for many fascinating subjects that your eyes cannot see.