How To Create 3D Photography

3D photography fascinates many people, but few realize that it's actually much easier to do than you might imagine. This tutorial will show you a very easy way to create high quality 3D photographs which can be seen with any 3D glasses that you might have lying around. This is a great way to create novelty 3D photos out of your home photos. It's also an ideal way to get your kids interested in photography because they will find looking at themselves in 3D very interesting.

In order to take 3D photographs, you don't actually need a special camera. Any digital camera will do. However, you will need to decide that you want to turn this into a 3D photo because you need to take a number of different photos from different angles.

Step 1: Taking Photos

The very first thing that you need to do is actually take the photographs. Start by taking a photo which is straight on with the subject of the photo. Try to avoid taking the photo against a wall or anything flat because this will damage the 3D effect.

Now you need to take a photo by carefully moving the camera to the left. Then repeat the process by removing the camera slightly to the right. These three shots will then be combined to produce your 3D photograph.

Step 2: Copying Photos

If you have taken the photographs using a digital camera, then it's easy to connect it to your computer using a USB cable to copy the photos to your hard drive. If you used a 35mm camera, then you will first need to get the photos developed and then scan them into the computer.

Step 3: Editing Photos

Open all three photos in Photoshop (or another photo editing package) and do any editing if required. All of the shots should be turned into gray scale. To do this in Photoshop, click Image, Mode and select Gray scale. You will then need to repeat this on the other two photos.

Once you have done this to the left photo, click Image, Mode and select RGB. This will still leave you with a black and white image, and that's exactly what you're trying to accomplish. Now click on Window and select channels if the channels window isn't already displayed. Hold down the shift key and then click on blue and green.

Step 4: Copying Photos Right Photo

Now select the right photo and press Control and A to select all of the photo. Click on the left photo and paste it on top. Choose something small on the subject of the photo, which makes it possible to align the photos. Repeat this with the main center photograph.

Step 5: Printing

For the best results, you should print the photo out from your computer and then use some 3D glasses to see what it looks like. This process is sometimes a little difficult and might take some practicing to get right.

It is, however, wonderful to know just how simple it is to create a great 3D photograph which can be looked at using those red and green 3D glasses. While it might not be as impressive as 3D films, it's great to play around with.