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3D Photography

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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

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  • Kim L.

    I really enjoyed this. Much thanks to Boris!

    September 30, 2012

  • Christian D.

    Boris did a fantastic job with this workshop - and it was extensive, covering the history of 3D photography, and the varieties of 3D photography. One of the best (though under-attended) workshops we've ever had!

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!! I have never attended a workshop on 3-d photography before, so it was really cool understanding how the process works.

    September 28, 2012

  • Boris S.

    Many thanks to those who attended the meeting! I appreciate your patience with my inexperience in giving a presentation. If any of your questions went unanswered, or you have suggestions for improvement, please don't hesitate to message me.
    Especially big thanks to Christian for the help!

    September 28, 2012

  • Boris S.

    I think I need to stress that despite the apparent complexity of my workshop description, this is a completely non-technical introduction. You will have a chance to view numerous different image formats. Each format has its own advantages and disadvantages, some are more or less challenging to prepare. Some require only plugging the camera into the monitor (how easy is that?). The same is true for the equipment... My aim is to show how easy it is to get started, and what the potential payoffs are for you in enjoyment of the medium!
    thank you for your interest.

    September 25, 2012

  • Boris S.

    This is my first workshop (as a presenter). In past I've seen people come into the space via the alley between Greyhound and 300 W. Main. I plan to open the space in that manner, in case the building front door is locked.

    Sorry if my tone was "cold"? I'm very enthusiastic about showing this photographic medium! If you like photographic images, I guarantee you will be surprised and amazed! Please do attend. There is no charge, and nothing to bring but your two eyes.

    September 25, 2012

  • Boris S.

    I repeat, you do not need to bring anything at all. Bring your digital (or film) camera if you want to take home some images for making your own stereographs.

    September 24, 2012

  • Boris S.

    You do not need to bring anything to attend. I merely suggested if anyone had a polaroid camera with film, one could perform an interesting demonstration.

    September 24, 2012

  • Boris S.

    If anyone has a polaroid camera, please bring it with some film if you like. We could demo "instant" stereocards. Alas, to scrounge up some funds, I sold my polaroid cameras a couple years ago...

    September 17, 2012

  • Boris S.

    Larry, thanks for your comment! For those interested in what I've done recently...

    clear buildings: <>;

    This is a 3d video. YouTube allows this video to be shown in a variety of stereoscopic formats, but defaults to anaglyph, I believe. Anaglyph is viewed with red/blue glasses, available at any comix store. I can show this video on a 3d laptop if interest is found at the meeting.

    September 13, 2012

  • Christian D.

    This should be a really fun evening! Looking forward to it with great gusto!

    August 15, 2012

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