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The chronological rise and fall in the popularity of 3-
Where do we go from here? Well, those of us wishing to try our hand at creating lifelike images can readily do this with a single digital camera, free computer software and a viewing means for the digital image or print.
Try this; with your chosen digital camera, find a suitable stationary subject, take a single image then move a little to the right (around 65mm) and take a second image. The two images can be mounted side by side in PhotoShop, or similar program and printed as a pair for viewing. Preferably, specialist 3-
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Classic viewers and modern equivalents can be readily found on the internet from auction sites or retailers specialising in stereoscopy (Fig. 2). Projection is a little more complex and is not discussed in this short article.
A Lorgnette is probably the simplest viewing aid available and sells for around £2. But the cheapest method is by red/cyan anaglyph glasses, particularly effective with monochrome images.
The good news is that your existing computer will serve your 3D tasks well, except for an optional 3-
Fig. 3 – Zalman Trimon
I have several cameras in both film and digital forms. The recently launched FujiFilm Finepix W3 digital camera, replacing the W1, is my first choice for point and shoot photography. The camera will cost £170; a matching viewer costs a similar ammountlittle less (Fig. 4).
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Recently, Wide angle and Macro attachments (Fig. 5) have become available for the FujiFilm cameras from a small American company -
Fig .5 – Cyclpital 3D clos-
Useful internet links:
‘Through the Window’ by Barry Aldous’
Classic ‘Holmes’ viewer
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