How to Make a 3D Camera

A 3D camera is extremely popular because it allows you to capture what you really see. The problem with these cameras is that they are very expensive. The following examines a simple way to make your own 3D camera which can cost less than $15. You will already have many of these components, which will make it even easier to make your own 3D camera from scratch.

Another benefit of making your own 3D camera is that you don't need to wear 3D glasses to see the photo. Making a 3 dimensional photo is a challenge, but it's something that is very rewarding when done properly.

Materials Needed

The first thing that you will need to do is collect all the materials that you need to make your 3D camera. You will need to find the following:

  • 2 disposable cameras (any cheap compact camera will work)
  • Strong tape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Positioning the Cameras

You need to lay both of the cameras on a flat surface side by side. Turn one of the cameras upside down and align them so that the lenses are roughly in line. It's important that the lenses are on the same level whenever possible. Depending on the cameras used, this might mean that they are not level with one another.

Step 2: Fixing the Cameras

Use some strong tape to fix the cameras together. This is something that you will need to be patient to do properly. You will find that it's quite difficult to do when joining two cameras together which aren't level with one another. When taping the cameras together, you must be very careful that you don't cover the shutter button or the winding mechanisms of the camera. If either of these are covered then it will prevent the camera from working correctly.

Step 3: Practicing

Now you will need to take the time to practice using your camera. Using the camera can be quite tricky to get used to. To take the photos, you will need to press both of the cameras' shutters at the same time. Take a few test shots to get yourself used to this.

Step 4: Taking Photos

Once you have practiced, you should then go out and start taking photos. Remember to press both shutter buttons at the same time. This will take two pictures from two slightly different angles. When these images are combined, it will create a 3D effect.

Step 5: Viewing the 3D Image

You will have two separate images when the pictures are developed. There are two different ways that you can view these 3D images. You can put both images side by side and cross your eyes; then it should be possible to look at a combination of the images.

Another option is to animate the images one after the other using computer software. This will create a 3D effect which is quite realistic. Remember though that these 3D images won't be perfect. The lenses in this disposable model will be around 4 inches apart, whereas professional models and human eyes are just a couple of inches apart. This is, however, a great way to get into 3D photography.