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Do you want to make your own stereo photographs and view your memories in amazing, full-colour, 3-dimensional detail? With one or two cameras and a tripod, you can make this happen with great success! Keep reading for detailed information on how to create stereo photographs.

How to create stereo photographs

How to create stereo photographs

How to create stereo photographs

How to create stereo photographs

How to create stereo photographs

How to create stereo photographs

Focus on an object not closer than 20 metres (60 feet) away and take a picture. Swing your camera through 180 degrees around the centre pivot, focus on the same object and take another shot.

  • Always focus on a definite object when you take both photographs, as this is what your eyes do automatically.
  • This position works for objects that are from 20 metres away to infinity. For closer pictures, your camera must be nearer to the centre pivot. Just unscrew the nut of the roofing bolt and shorten the projecting arm of your slat. For a normal lens, the swing will move your camera through a short arc, so that the picture is not distorted.

Do you want to make your own stereo photographs and view your memories in amazing, full-colour, 3-dimensional detail? With one or two cameras and a tripod, you can make this happen with great success! Keep reading for detailed information on how to create stereo photographs.

Contents

  • 1 Steps
    • 1.1 Single Camera
    • 1.2 Two Cameras
  • 2 Tips
  • 3 Related Articles
  • 4 Sources and Citations

Steps

Single Camera

  1. Find an immobile subject to photograph. Landscapes and places of interest are excellent for this work.
  2. Get a piece of steel 20 cm long x 2.5 cm wide (8 x 1 inches). It must be strong enough to support your camera. Mark and drill 6mm (1/4″) holes, the first 2.5 cm (1″) from one end and others at 1 cm (about 1/2″) centres. You will now have a slat with a series of holes running down the middle of its length.
  3. Go to your tripod and remove the screw that holds the camera to the platform. It’s normally held in place by a circlip. Push this screw through the hole in the ends of the steel slat, opposite the first hole and keep it in place with the circlip. The end of the slat that has no holes in it must go over the platform of the tripod.
  4. Push a 5mm galvanized steel roof bolt through the hole in the tripod platform, from which you removed the camera securing screw and through the hole in the un-drilled end of the steel slat, ensuring that the thread of the camera securing screw is uppermost. Turn its nut finger tight. Do not turn it fully tight, as the slat must be able to move freely from left to right.
  5. Screw your camera onto the other end of the slat. You might have to insert washers to take up slack between the slat and the camera base. Your camera should now be connected to the tripod by the slat in a cantilever fashion.
  6. Focus on an object not closer than 20 metres (60 feet) away and take a picture. Swing your camera through 180 degrees around the centre pivot, focus on the same object and take another shot.

  • Always focus on a definite object when you take both photographs, as this is what your eyes do automatically.
  • This position works for objects that are from 20 metres away to infinity. For closer pictures, your camera must be nearer to the centre pivot. Just unscrew the nut of the roofing bolt and shorten the projecting arm of your slat. For a normal lens, the swing will move your camera through a short arc, so that the picture is not distorted.
  • Keep a record of all your shots and indicate which was taken from the left-hand position and which from the right.
  • Make a Stereoscope to view your new stereo photos.
  • Here is a list of best free stereo photo maker software for Windows. These software let you add anaglyph effect to images. Using them, you can make both, grayscale and colored stereo images. Most of them let you generate anaglyphs with Red/Green, Red/Blue, Red/Cyan, etc. colors. Also, they are easy to use and support popular image formats to create stereo photos. Some of these popular formats are JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, etc.

    Most of these software use two images (left and right) to create anaglyph effects. But in one of them, you can use both single or left/right images to create stereo photos. After opening input images, some of them even let you analyze them with parallel or cross eye view. Also, you can analyze color, gamma, contrast, etc. effects by applying them on stereo images. You also get option to interlace images horizontally, vertically, sharp 3D LCD, and in many more styles.

    My Favorite Stereo Photo Maker Software:

    StereoPhoto Maker is my favorite. It supports maximum number of image formats among all, including JPG, BMP, TIF, GIF, PNG, JP2, JPT, etc. In addition to stereo photo making, you can also use this software to create animated GIFs.

    StereoPhoto Maker

    How to create stereo photographs

    StereoPhoto Maker, as the name indicates, is a free stereo photo maker software for Windows. It is an easy to use tool with a variety of supported file formats including JPG, BMP, TIF, GIF, PNG, JP2, JPT, etc.

    To use this software for stereo photo generation, you just need to select ‘Open Left/Right Images’ option contained in ‘File’ menu. After that, it lets you browse for respective images and displays them in a side by side view. This viewing arrangement may be changed to parallel or cross style. By using ‘Stereo’ menu available on its interface, you can generate gray or color anaglyphs with color, gamma, contrast, etc. settings. Under the same menu, you also get option to interlace images in different styles, such as horizontally, vertically, sharp 3D LCD, etc. It also provides options to resize, change position, rotate, correct barrel distortion, apply vertical and horizontal perspective rotation, etc.

    Apart from creating anaglyphs, you can also use this software for making animated GIFs, batch rename files, batch image conversion, etc.

    3D Anaglyph Maker

    How to create stereo photographs

    3D Anaglyph Maker is another free software that can be used to create stereo images. It comes with configuration tools to generate anaglyph using BMP and JPEG images.

    To use this software to create stereo photos, you need to choose Load Left Image and Load Right Image option to load respective images. After that, you can apply either of the six available modes to create stereo photo in a desired fashion. These modes are Anaglyph Gray, Anaglyph Color, Anaglyph Red-Green, Anaglyph Red-Blue, Interleave LC-Shutter, and 3D-LCD.

    Additionally, it lets you adjust brightness and contrast for left and right images. After choosing appropriate options, you need to click on Make 3D image option to have a preview in selected mode. At the lower left side of the interface, you get options (arranged in grid style forming ‘+’ symbol) for position adjustment of left and right images, to blend them in a better way in generated preview.

    When you are done with setting up aforesaid options, click on Save 3D image button to save the image in a supported file format.

    StereoMasks

    How to create stereo photographs

    StereoMasks is another free stereo image maker software for Windows. Using this software, you can generate anaglyph with Red/Cyan, Red/Blue, Red/Green, etc. color combinations.

    To use it for stereo image generation, you just need to open left and right images in this software. To do so, go to File > Open Left/Right Image option and select input format as ‘Two images: Left and Right’. Now, you can go to Stereo menu to select anaglyph style. These styles are Monochrome, Color, or Halftone anaglyph. As soon as you select a desired anaglyph style, it will generate stereo image in the chosen fashion.

    It lets you analyze input image with parallel and cross view, and save generated stereo image as JPG or BMP file. Also, you get some control over file size if you are saving generated stereo image as JPG. This is possible because you get option to adjust JPG image quality with default or progressive coding technique.

    Anaglife

    How to create stereo photographs

    Anaglife is a free anaglyph maker app for Windows 10. Using this app, you can create stereo images for a single image, or with a combination of left and right images. It helps to create Red/Blue stereo images.

    The only problem with this app is that it is not published in English. So, to overcome this problem, let’s checkout how to use this software for stereo image generation:

    • First of all, you need to click on ‘Carica immagini’ option. This lets you browse for the desired image to generate its anaglyph. Use this option two times to make anaglyph using left and right images.
    • Now, enter values for X & Y co-ordinates by inserting values in Profondita’ X and Profondità Y blocks.
    • After that, choose a mode from Tradizional (works for single image), or Stereoscopico (for left/right images only) from Tipo di Anaglife menu.
    • At last, specify the color by choosing Rosso/Ciano, or Rosso/verde option.

    When you are done with all these options, click on Crea Anaglife option to create anaglyph, and click on Salva Anaglife to save generated image in supported formats: JPG, BMP, and PNG.

    Note: It works better in single image mode.

    The basic idea of 3D photography is that there needs to be two pictures seen from slightly different angles, just like the two eyes in our head are slightly separated. Ideally the two pictures are taken at the same instant, but this is not possible unless you have a special camera or two cameras the same.

    But sometimes we have no camera at all. Below you can find step by step instruction how to shoot and create anaglyph with your mobile phone and STOIK Imagic. In this tutorial all photos had been made with Nokia 5800 mobile phone with 3.2 megapixel camera but of course this method applicable to any mobile phone camera models.

    Shooting

    Since there is no special camera the only way was taking two pictures quickly one after the other with a slight horizontal movement of the camera in between. The movement would normally be about 6 cm or 2.5 inches to match our eyes.

    Some tips for better stereo images shooting.

    1. Your target should stay still. Otherwise use special stereo cameras (e.g. from Fujifilm).

    2. Subject should be 10-15 (3-4.5 m) feet away from camera for better stereo effect.

    3. Move camera horizontally (parallel to your eyes) at the same lever

    Bellow you can see our sample results (click on preview to zoom). View full-size left and right images .

    Improving the quality of mobile phone camera pictures.

    As you can see quality of photos from Nokia 5800 is far from good. You can see JPEG artifacts, colors misbalance and high level of noise. This is very common situation for mobile phone cameras, even for modern ones.

    To improve quality with STOIK Imagic simply:

    1. Open folder with pictures uploaded from phone.

    2. Select images which you want to improve.

    3. Choose from “Tools-Improvement Wizard…” menu or improvement wizard icon on toolbar. Improvement settings dialogue will appear.

    4. For the sake of simplicity this time chose “Save in new folder” option and clear “Show preview” flag. Click on Ok button.

    5. You’ll find that new folder (“Improved”) been created with corrected images inside.

    Creating of 3D stereo anaglyph image

    Now you are ready to create your 3D stereo image. In this tutorial we will create so called “anaglyph” stereo image. But you should know that with STOIK Imagic you could also create “Stereo Pair” type of stereo images.

    1. Select first and second pictures (click on pictures thumbnails with “Ctrl” key pressed)

    2. Chose “Tools-Stereo-Create Anaglyph” command from menu.
    Important: If in the thumbnails window the file corresponds to photo shot at left position is placed first – select ‘First selected image corresponds to left eye’, otherwise select ‘Second selected image corresponds to left eye’.

    3. Select “Compensate vertical shift” option since you don’t use tripods or special camera. Press OK.

    4. Anaglyph stereo image will be created in current folder.

    Below you can see resulting anaglyph images (click on preview to zoom). View full-size anaglyph image.