This meetup is open to all members
Stereoscopic / 3-d Photography with slide film and digital tools
Stereoscopic imaging has had a very long history, predating even photography itself (the first 3-d images were hand-drawn<1>). Over the years, the format has fluctuated in popularity - from commercial stereocards in nearly every home in the 1890s, to the niche popularity snap-shot stereo slides of the 1950s, to the modern digital 3d cinema and 3DTV of today.
This workshop will be an introduction to practical, modern stereoscopic photography (i.e. 3-d photography). We will review and consider its use in fine art and commercial applications, past, present, and future. You will see how easy it is to try it for yourself, regardless of your ultimate purpose for it.
The present era is seeing an unprecedented availability not only of new tools and markets for 3-d photography (not to mention cinematography), but also the imminent demise of its most spectacular and cherished fine art medium, the color transparency or slide film.
Attendance is recommended for all persons who are curious about 3-d photography, but especially for shooters of slide film. The first twelve attendees will receive a complimentary post-paid film mailer to Denver Digital (where I send my slide film for processing - good service!).
First we’ll demonstrate some of the many different presentation media and techniques. Figuring out how to show your 3-d images is at least as much a challenge (and fun) as is the image acquisition and post-processing. We will show:
- 3d slides - 35mm
- 3d slides - Medium Format (6x6cm square format - the IMAX of 3d photography!)
- 3d prints - vintage and modern stereocards
- 3d prints - large format stereo pairs
- 3d prints - anaglyph
- 3d prints - lenticular
- 3d prints - stereojet
- projected - 3d slides (slide projector, remember those?)
- 3DTV - stills and video
The workshop will also demonstrate basic techniques for image acquisition (including with “ordinary” single lens cameras), using both film and digital cameras. This will include basic theory and a short review of some of the technical challenges in stereo photography. We will demonstrate:
- single camera technique with and without slide bar
- “Sputnik” medium format film stereo camera
- Mamiya twin rig medium format film stereo camera
- Canon twin rig DSLR stereo camera
- Sony twin rig HD 3d video camera
- Fuji W3 P+S digital 3d stills and 3d video camera
Time permitting, we will present a projected 3-d slide show to close the evening.
<1> Wheatstone, "Philosophical Transactions" of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 128, pp. 371 - 394, 1838