3D Digital Images Made Easy

By March 10, 2009Newswires

3D Digital Images Made Easy

by Dave Johnson

Thanks to last month`s Super Bowl commercials and a special episode of the geek-action show Chuck, everyone has been talking about 3D recently. I even got a set of awkward 3D glasses from the local supermarket to see what all the fuss was about.

Frankly, I found it all a little underwhelming. That inspired me to have some fun with the third dimension with my own photos. As you`ll see this week, it`s not too hard to make your own photos look 3D using some clever composition and a free animation program.
The Science of 3D

Why do things look 3D to begin with? The effect relies on the fact that our eyes are separated by a few inches, so they see everything from two slightly different angles. The result is a phenomenon known as parallax–the relative position of close objects varies more to your eyes than the relative position of more distant objects.

With a single lens, there`s no way to capture the effect of parallax in one photo. But what if you had two cameras, or took the same photo twice, moving the camera between shots?

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