• […] How to take 3D photos Neil Creek If you are wondering what a 3D picture is then you have to read this article […]

    March 23, 2008
  • Thanks! I just found your website – what a cool writeup. I’ve seen 3D photos on flickr, and my dad even has an old stereoscopic camera, but I’ve never tried myself. I’ll be giving this a try.

    March 26, 2008
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    March 28, 2008
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    March 29, 2008
  • My Friend, Having spent over an hour wandering in your generous pages of offerings and still lost of breath and speech, I’ve taken the privilege of making you a contact in flickr, that I might not miss this wonderful creative journey your on. and would very much like to involve my mind an slow growing talent in your teachings as well. for now I’ll just say thank-you ever so much. Jamas
    P.S. The Photos of you and family speak volumes, You have a real Gem in Naomi, my prayers for a speedy recovery of such a remarkable surgery.

    April 26, 2008
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    May 03, 2008
  • Tammie – I hope you had success learning the technique!

    Jamas, thank you so much for your incredibly generous comment! I’m genuinely moved by your words – you made my day! I hope you continue to enjoy my blog and learn more about photography from my writing. All the best!

    May 05, 2008
  • Craig

    In your instrutions you say
    “Unless your subject is very close, you don’t need to turn your camera to keep it in the centre ”
    You should never turn the camera especially if the subject is close it will cause parallax problems you should only shift horizontally, if subjects are close the shift should be less the simple rule of thumb is to shift 1/30th of the distance to the nearest object in your stereo pair.

    May 08, 2008
  • Renata

    Do you know of similar programs that will work on a mac?

    May 08, 2008
  • Craig: I have heard as much said before. I’m not an expert in the minutia of 3D photography yet, however I’ve tried several shots with turning the camera for close subjects and they’ve worked out well enough. Rather than parallax (which I thought was the necessary effect to achieve pseudo 3D), I’ve heard the problem resulting from turning the camera called “keystone” distortion. I understand that using the AutoPano plugin for SPM can correct for this distortion. The 30:1 rule is, as you say, a rule of thumb. Some stereographers like to exaggerate the 3D depth, especially on close-up subjects, so turning the camera and correcting for keystone distortion may be a viable tactic. I am happy to be corrected though if I have misunderstood anything.

    Renata: Stereo Photo Maker can run on Mac via emulation. The instructions can be found on the SPM site. I’m not aware of an equivalent piece of software for the Mac otherwise. Does anyone else have a suggestion?

    May 09, 2008
  • Craig

    You are right I should have said “keystone” and there has been a lot of discussion recently about the autopano correcting for the distortion and if its correction is sufficient so it is probably a subjective thing and up to the individual as to whether or not it is good enough and photography is an art not a science.
    The 1/30th rule is a good starting point, personally I think the best way is to shift several times.
    Take the first image then move a little less than you think take an image move again where you think you should be take an image then move a little extra and take the last image 4 images total then pick the pair that gives the best depth. If the spacing is too hyper it can be difficult to view. For me Hyper stereo views are easier to cross view anaglyphs can be very difficult but cross view is my favorite viewing method.

    There is a MAC program called AnaBuilder at StereoPhoto Maker is a much better program in my opinion but if you have a MAC it is a good program and it is free.

    May 09, 2008
  • Craig

    Actually the best rule of thumb is “you can NEVER take too many pictures”

    May 09, 2008
  • Renata

    @Craig: Great, thanks, I’ve downloaded anabuilder and will work through the tutorials. I wanted to avoid installing Windows on my already crowded machine. Thanks again!

    May 09, 2008
  • Craig: That’s an excellent rule of thumb that applies to all aspects of photography. Thanks also for helping out Renata with Mac 3D software!

    May 09, 2008
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    May 18, 2008
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    May 23, 2008
  • Craig

    Anyone really interested in 3D photography should check out StereoData Maker it is for a number of different Canon Powershot cameras if you have 2 cameras you can sync them to do action 3D photos and all you need is a battery and a switch or with 1 cameras it has out line mode wich puts an outline on parts of your first image so you can line up the second for a perfect shot and best of all it is FREE.
    Check out

    June 01, 2008
  • Craig

    BTW you can check out a couple of 3D photos I did with a pair of Canon A570is cameras on my flickr page

    June 01, 2008
  • CascadeHush

    I wonder if the tools mentioned could be used for creating dual-exposure landscape prints from handheld shots…

    I regularly take 2 shots when shooting landscapes, one to expose the sky, another to expose the land, then photoshop them together. It’s more versatile than using a ND Grad.

    Here’s an example, taken using a tripod of course:

    But there have been times when I have not been able to use a tripod. To take 2 shots hand held means not getting exactly the same composition, so then you have the problem of lining everything up. But if this software can line up a stereo pair, maybe it can line up 2 shots that just happen to be different exposures. Then I can proceed as usual, with everything properly superimposed.

    Just a though. Feedback would be appreciated.

    June 22, 2008
  • @CascadeHush Your thinking is definately on the right track. The Autopano plugin which takes care of the alignment of the two images is based on the open source Panorama Tools (I believe).

    However, for the purpose which you describe, I think PTGui would be better suited to your need. It’s a front end for Panorama Tools, geared towards stitching panoramas (possibly a useful tool for you for landscapes anyway). It can automatically analyse and align multiple exposures, and them export them as layered photoshop files, even in 16bit format.

    The pro version of the software (a little more expensive) even has a built in tone-mapper for generating HDR images from bracketed exposures.

    I hope you’ll try the software and find it useful! Good luck.

    June 22, 2008
  • This is true cool and very easy!

    August 14, 2008
  • Woit

    Download and install AutoPano and link it to StereoPhoto Maker as a plugin. What the hell are you on about its a load of gobledigooch.

    ‘Autopano folder’

    Autopano or Autopano-SIFT is the program used to extract key features from images that SPM uses for correction of errors and mounting to window.
    Browse to its location and enter the path here.
    If no path is entered, ‘autopano.exe’ will be searched-for in the SPM folder and used if found.

    ‘Hide Autopano window’

    You may hide or display the DOS (Autopano) window during auto-correction.

    ‘Input image arrangement’

    SPM needs to know this for the auto-correction process.
    SPM does not assume that JPS images are in cross-eyed format.

    ‘Window mounting options’

    When SPM auto-aligns images, the following mounting options are available :-

    September 07, 2008
  • Woit

    How the hell do you link Download and install AutoPano and link it to StereoPhoto Maker as a plugin.

    If you are going to write something on the web make it understandable youve wasted 2 friggen hours of mine trying to link autopan with goddamn sterephoto maker now im crosseyed for life.

    September 07, 2008
  • Sebastian Lopez

    I need to see 3D pictures with glasses. I have this and already made the pictures following your tutorial, but I need to see without cross the eyes, it is possible.
    When I use easy adjusment I have an amazing efect, but it´s lost in few seconds and is necessary to cross the eyes. My work is for presentate in a big forum to show anatomic pictures of the brain.
    Can you help me please.

    December 09, 2008
  • @Sebastian If you are unable to use a free-viewing technique (crossing eyes, or parallel viewing) then the only way you are going to be able to see pseudo-3D, like these images, is with some kind of hardware assistance.

    This could be red/blue glasses (anaglyph 3d), a 3D monitor, LCD flicker glasses, or polarised dual projector screens.

    December 09, 2008
  • Sebastian Lopez

    I have the red/blue glasses but I get the effect only for a few seconds and I need to cross my eyes even with the glasses.
    Do I need another program? if so which one would you recomend.

    December 09, 2008
  • The images above will not be seen as 3D with anaglyph glasses only. Glasses will not contribute to the 3D effect at all. To see the images as 3D without crossing your eyes, using the anaglyph technique, you need to prepare the images in a different way. The technique is too involved to describe in a comment to this post. I recommend you visit one of the 3D photography groups mentioned in the article, either on Flickr or Yahoo. Members of those groups should be able to andswer your questions. Good luck!

    December 09, 2008
  • Sebastian Lopez

    Thanks Neil, I will do it.

    December 09, 2008
  • Rich Oliver

    Just found your site. I have worked in stereo for a long time – single SLR, synchronized double SLR, and Nimslo/Nishika. Cost and equipment bulk have forced me to leave film behind and I hope to get into digital stereo. I obviously need to figure out how to sync a pair of digitals. Also need to get a digitizer for all my Kodachrome. Any thoughts?

    A single camera niche you did not mention is photography from a plane. Just shoot a sequence of the same view and let the plane do the left – right. Hyperstereo is cool, too; spread out the cameras and shrink the scene. I am always surprised how many people commend my model making for stereo shots of the Grand Canyon. No, its the real thing, folks.

    I look forward to more digital stereo.

    Cheers, Rich

    March 20, 2009
  • Craig

    The best way to sync a pair of cameras is to go with Canon cameras and StereoData Maker I just put together a pair of G9’s and they will sync t within 1/20000 of a second.
    Check out the SDM yahoo group at:

    March 22, 2009
  • […] What follows is a selection of 3D stereo images taken around Kinglake using the “cha-cha” method. If you are unfamiliar with the technique to see 3D images of this kind, then please read this tutorial first, before returning here. If you would like to learn how to take 3D photos yourself, then you can learn how with this tutorial. […]

    March 25, 2009
  • manu

    je me suis permis d’utiliser une de vos photos dans le cadre d’un mini tutoriel sur un forum, j’espere que ca ne vous gene pas, auquel cas je la supprimerai immediatement
    la sorce est indiquée en bas du post.
    cordialement, Manu (nac76)

    April 26, 2009
  • manu

    eurr, maybe in english it’s better LOL
    I toke the liberty of using 1 of your pics to illustrate a forum, I hope it’s no probleme for you but of course I’ll take it off if you want.
    sorry about my bad english (and the post in french)
    cordially, Manu

    April 26, 2009
    • Thank you for letting me know. You are welcome to use my images provided you give a credit and a link to the source. You have done both, so your use is perfectly acceptable! Thank you :)

      June 01, 2009
  • Jo

    How can you capture 3D pics of moving objects: such as people jumping and alike?

    May 09, 2009
  • Jo, you need to either use a splitter lens (like I did) which uses prisms and/or mirrors to take two images from slightly different positions and combine them in the one frame. The Loreo 3D Lens in a Cap is an example of this.

    The alternative is to trigger two identical cameras mounted together at the same time.

    May 09, 2009
  • Jo

    Many thanks Neil!! Interesting… I’ll have a look at those lens. BTW, nice tutorial and pics. Thanks for sharing!!!

    May 09, 2009
  • You’re welcome, I’m glad you liked them!

    May 09, 2009
  • Craig

    The best way is with a pair of cameras then you can vary the stereo base according to what you are shooting. StereoData Maker is the best most reliable way of doing this.
    You can get SDM here:
    Check out:

    I have a pair of Canon G9 cameras that will sync to within 1/20,000 of a second and I build a controller that sync’s external flash to any of the SDM cameras as well as synced zoom

    May 09, 2009
  • Craig

    BTW all you need to sync SDM cameras is a battery and a switch, very simple

    May 09, 2009
  • Mikael Thuen

    Wow, this is so easy, and so much fun! Thank you for a very easy-to-understand guide!

    June 02, 2009
  • […] I saw this post and was crossing my eyes back and forth until I finally saw them in 3D! I’m going to try this technique tonight at the fashion photoshoot.  Here’s the entire post: […]

    June 05, 2009
  • […] only just found out about cross-eyed 3D photos. I got a headache soon […]

    August 21, 2009
  • […] effect – try out the tutorial on how to see 3D photos here. Want to take photos like these? Head on here! […]

    August 30, 2009
  • […] viewpoint between them) and a piece of software called StereoPhoto Maker and the instructions here:  My technique needs work and the results are a bit spotty but I’ll work on […]

    September 01, 2009
  • Thank you for this, Neil. When I have a bit more time to ‘have a play’, I think I’ll give this a try.

    September 18, 2009
  • Nellie

    Hi Neil,

    First can i say what fantastic pictures you take; people like you inspire me in my photography and that excites me. Ever since i went to a 3D photography studio in Portland USA last year, i’ve wanted to try stereo photography and thanks to your tips, i now have! I just tried taking some photos without the PC software and to be fair, they were pretty darn good just on the screen, i was so chuffed and now i can’t wait to try the technique out and get some practice it! Thank you so much Neil for introducing me to this fantastic art form.

    Kind regards,


    November 20, 2009
  • You can also use Start 3D ( to automatically create, view and share 3D photos online.

    It’s also worth noting that Fuji launched the world’s first consumer 3D digital camera, the FinePix REAL 3D W1, in October 2009 that allows you to capture two shots simultaneously and so make amazing action shots.

    Combining the Fuji camera and Start 3D makes the whole process of taking and sharing 3D photos online as easy as it is for 2D photos.

    December 21, 2009

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