• This seems really difficult, and honestly, I can’t see any 3d thing in any 3d photo, unless it means that I see 3 pictures, I tried so long that it hurt my eyes. LOL

    I will give it a shot though, I’m always up for a challenge. :)

    May 02, 2008
  • Certainly it’s the most challenging project so far, but I want to push people’s boundaries a little sometimes. Don’t worry, there’ll be a variety of skill levels with future projects.

    I understand it’s difficult to learn how to see the 3D photos. All I can say to reassure you is that the vast majority of people are able to do it sooner or later. Perhaps try this photo which some have said was easiest for them to see in 3D:

    And yes, you are supposed to be seeing 3 pictures. The middle one should be in 3D. Rest your eyes a lot, and sit further back from your screen. The further back you are, the less you have to cross your eyes, thus the less eye strain. When you’ve got it, you can move in closer to see more detail.

    Good luck!

    May 02, 2008
  • […] the process: how to see 3D photos and how to take 3D photos. In fact, Neil Creek is holding a 3D photo competition that is open internationally with some interesting prizes: every person who submits an entry in […]

    May 02, 2008
  • I understand that the project period ends on May 24, but I am unsure of when it began.

    May 03, 2008
  • This project began on May 1st (AEST) so it is currently running. There have been no submissions yet, but it’s very early days yet!

    May 03, 2008
  • A.Alaalas, I’m sorry if the title of this project offended you, that was not my intent. The reason for the title was that 3D photos can be taken by anyone using the cha-cha method, rather than by using expensive or specialised equipment.

    I understand that there are some people who may be physically incapable of viewing “pseudo-3D” photos such as these for a variety of reasons. I did not mean to alienate anyone in such a situation.

    I am interested in the solution you suggest using eye tracking. If you have any links to resources that people with double vision would find useful for seeing 3D photos, I would be grateful if you could post them here so that I can share them as a possible way to allow more people to participate in the project.

    If a solution exists to allow such people to see pseudo-3D, then I am confident that cha-cha method 3D photography would be able to be used as an input source for the imagery. So perhaps “3D for Everyone” isn’t possible, but it may be accessible to more people than you think.

    Thank you for your comment.

    May 03, 2008
  • […] PROJECT: 3D For Everyone Neil Creek Neil is urging us to break out of the 2D realm and shoot some 3D photos. He’s also giving away some nifty prizes for this one! […]

    May 04, 2008
  • Craig

    I just made an entry but may change which image so far it is the iron dragon. I have a few photos at


    May 07, 2008
  • Craig

    My son is interested in entering the contest also is more than one entry from the same physical adress ok as long as it is a different person?

    May 07, 2008
  • Anna Adam

    I’m SO excited!! My very first attempt took me just a few minutes and I think it worked! I mean, *I* can see it! Thank you for this! What a great project idea! Going to take a bunch more before I submit one, but here’s my first attempt:

    May 07, 2008
  • Anna Adam

    I did another one!
    This is so much fun! I have to learn the program better. I’ve just been putting photos in and saving them out. I know it can do more than that – I could do that in Photoshop! But it’s nice being able to do something that actually works in relatively little time! Thanks again for the tutorial and for the project idea!

    May 08, 2008
  • Must THE PHOTO have been shot between May 1/08 through May 24/08?

    May 08, 2008
  • Craig: Your son is more than welcome to submit a seperate entry. He will receive his own Pixi viewer.

    Anna: Congratulations, it’s challenging but rewarding isn’t it? I’ll be writing some more about Stereo Photo Maker, so hopefully that will help you learn how to use it better.

    Jose: Yes, the reason behind this is firstly so that people take photos specifically with the project in mind, and secondly to keep it fair for all. It wouldn’t be right if an experienced photographer could pick out their best photo for the last year, while everyone else limited themselves to the competition period.

    May 09, 2008
  • Craig

    There is a feature of SPM you will love, it is called “Auto color adjustment” just click adjust the come down to Auto color adjustment or press CTRL K SPM will then attempt to make the colors in the 2 photos the same.

    May 09, 2008
  • Gerald Holler

    You state that no part of the image may touch the 3D window edge except for the bottom, and then may not extend forward of that edge.

    Does this mean that it would be acceptable for any other part (i.e. any pixels not in touch with an edge of the 2D canvas) of the image to extend forward of the 3D window? I think so, otherwise, you would not have posted “3D bunny girl” where the girl’s hand is really stretching out of the screen as a sample for this challenging project; am I right?

    May 11, 2008
  • That’s exactly right Gerald. The style of photo you’re talking about is referred to as “through the window” or TTW effect photos. That is, part of the 3D subject appears to protrude through the 3D window. The pointing person is quite a cliche TTW, but it’s very effective. Here’s another example.

    May 11, 2008
  • Andrew Smith

    I’ve tried for ages but can’t see the 3rd dimension in the photos. Luckily, my wife can. I followed the instructions from the blog and it was a lot easier than I thought. Hopefully my entry is good enough to get a viewer so I can then see all the other good entries!

    May 17, 2008
  • […] you how to take/make them, and if you do that then you can enter his latest public contest – 3D For Everyone. Each person who enters receives a free pair of 3D ‘goggles’ for easier image viewing, […]

    May 18, 2008
  • […] while back I stumbled across a post on Neil Creek’s site about a contest based on a relatively low-tech approach to making 3D […]

    May 18, 2008
  • Alexey

    Old techniques reviving in contemporary world put us back in time and make us think of the future, that’s what I can say about 3D photography in particular. It doesn’t look boring or something that is primitive, it’s more like an invention.

    May 19, 2008
  • @Andrew – Congrats, and good work with your entry. It just proves that 3D really can be done by anyone, even folks who haven’t been able to do free viewing yet. You’ll appreciate the Pixi 3D viewer when yours arrives I’m sure.

    @Alexy – Interesting observation. 3D is definately the way of the future.

    May 20, 2008
  • Anna Adam

    Phoo. I really wanted to have a great submission. Never seemed to have the time and the ideas at the same time. When I finally found the time, I looked at the submissions and I was blown away. No chance ever I’d even be considered to win, so I needed to just submit so I can say that I did. I’m going to keep playing with this though. This is so much fun!

    May 27, 2008
  • Anna, thanks for your comment, but if you’d like to make a submission to the project, you’ll need to do it in the next couple of hours! The project was due to close several hours ago, but the site was down again at the time, so I’m leaving it open for just a little longer for the last-minute submissions. I’ll have to close it soon though, or there won’t be enough time for the public vote. Also, don’t forget that every submission gets a free Pixi 3D viewer from Loreo, so it’s worth participating!

    Good luck :)

    May 27, 2008
  • I realize I found this after the project is over. Still, thought I’d post one 3D crosseyed photo I created:

    I have done a lot of the blue/red 3D photo’s, this was the first crosseyed photo I tried. Look at my sets for the blue/red ones. Neat photos that have been posted!

    June 07, 2008
  • […] 3D Viewing  For Everyone… Remember “The Floating Finger” trick as a kid?  Point each index finger on the other and holding 6 inches directly in front of each eye, look off into the distance and you can see a floating finger.  It’s the same trick with stereo image pairs, but if you have trouble cross your eyes and adjust the distance from the screen, and bam! your seeing in 3d.  I really liked this site, I spent sometime playing with this.  I have had to do this with aerial photography, but how fun is it to photograph in stereo? Click on the below image to see one of the better stereo pairs.  So, who is going to do this with an animation? […]

    June 30, 2008
  • […] This is my entry in Neil Creek’s 3D photography Project […]

    August 03, 2008
  • Neil.Nathanson

    Hey Neil,
    I never got my pixie viewer. whats up?????
    I was looking forward to that.

    September 13, 2008
  • Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll follow that up for you. Has anyone else also not yet received their viewer?

    September 13, 2008
  • I was lucky enough to find your website through google. I have been searching all day for this information, Thank You.

    October 10, 2009
  • hey dude
    Great stuff! i got a lot of inspiration from this post
    it is very interesting ….
    i went through this page two times
    am learning for social work


    March 21, 2010
  • sudla

    Hi, thank you for making me so fever in 3d photo taking now. without free software the taking process is a nightmare with lots of set up. now the cha cha method is so convenient. Next time i can take a Ferrari 3d picture easily!!!

    March 11, 2011

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