About me and Hints for taking 3D Photographs

Lenticular printing has been around for a long while, showing up most frequently in cereal packets and novelty items. It has it's serious applications in photography, and until recently all processing was done on aMinilab system similar to those used in High Street chemists. Whilst that process works very well, there is now only one lab in the world we know of still using one. All the others have given up due to lack of the special materials needed. Our process at 3D Creations is a computer based system which is not as susceptible to the vagaries of supply (hopefully). The film is processed conventionally to produce the strip of negatives, and then scanned into the computer system. Each photograph is then enhanced with up to eight individual processes to achieve the best image quality possible. The images are then aligned and output to a special interlacing utility which then compresses and slices the images into sequential strips to closely match the lens sheet (see diagram). The result is printed and finally the lens is glued on top of the print in exact register. Our process is not an automated production line, every negative and print are individually crafted for optimum results.

The images are compressed in width and sliced to fit the lens array. The lens magnifies a single compressed strip so that it appears to fill the width of the lens. The appearance is that the image is continuous across the picture. The other eye being offset sees an adjacent strip and thus sees the next picture. If you move to one side you will see a different pair of frames and they will appear to rotate slightly, adding to the 3D effect.

Hints for taking 3D Photographs

1.Get in close and fill the frame with the subject. The 3D effect diminishes with distance, and increases near to the camera.
2.Try to take the photograph with something in the foreground, such as a fence, wall, plants etc., This will greatly improve the perception of depth. If using the flash, try to have something well lit in the background, so that the subject has something to stand out from.
3.Make sure the subject is well lit. Many photographs look washed out, due to under-exposure. Our computerised technology can help a poor picture, but it is far better to start with a well lit scene.
4.Keep the camera level. In a flat photo it is possible to rotate the picture to "quare up" the print. In 3D this is not practical as the 3D effect is lost.
5.Do not turn the camera on end to take a photo, you will get a landscape photo, but not in stereo.
6.Be careful to avoid getting a spare finger in front of on of the lenses, it happens very easily, even to me!
Q. A smudgy patch in one corner of the print
A. Finger in front of one lens

Q Grey Washed out photo
A Under-exposed, use the flash if available, or put more light on the subject

Q Not very 3D
A Subject too far from the camera, and/or few other depth references such as a wall in the foreground

Q Image blurred
A This is probably camera movement (shake), try bracing your arm against a wall

Q Double image effect on forgropund or background items
A The range between the nearest and farthest items was too great for your brain to fuse the images into one stereo object. When aligning a print we manually optimise the "tereo Window" for best effect. Occasionally the spacing is too great and we have to choose to correct for the near or far item to be in register, thus leaving the other item as a double image. The only cure is to not take pictures closer than approximately 5 feet with a distant horizon.

Q Some of my prints have been printed flat, ie not in 3D
A Occasionally we can not print in 3D because the full set of 3(or 4) negatives is incomplete (often at the end of a roll, incorrectly wound on, or finger fully in front of lens). In these cases we do what we can and print a single frame, rather than not print at all.


Now available for all 35mm based stereo cameras is our new Iran based 3D printing service. We can process and print film from 3D Magic cameras as well as most of the reloadable cameras e.g. Nimslo & Rittai (note that all frames are used). The range of options is from the Standard print up to A4 enlargement, as well as single reprints and discounted second sets, not to mention the SPECIAL OFFER of a replacement camera with your prints.

We can also accept digital images for lenticular printing. Prints can be made from up to 12 frames per picture to special order. Send on CD or E-mail
for processing.
The prices on the Order Form
are for 3 & 4 Lens cameras. For enquiries about details of any other requirements, please E-mail: iran_3d at yahoo . com .

Unlike other photo services, our printing is not an automated production line/machine, every print is hand crafted, for best results, and as an additional free service, if you let us have your E-mail address, we will let you know that your valuable film has arrived safely. Be assured that we will always offer the best service we can.

My E-mail
iran_3d at yahoo . com

Lenticular in Iran