Facebook introduced 3D photos back in 2018, allowing your photos to appear as if they had depth and “move” accordingly as you scroll. This interesting feature has been available only to phones with multiple cameras – until now. Thanks to AI, Facebook is now unrolling this feature to many more users. From now on, you’ll be able to turn any 2D photo into 3D, even your old pictures.
So, the whole 3D photos thing that’s been getting blasted all over Facebook the last year or so has typically been an iPhone thing (thanks to its depth sensor). And, sure, you can take any image and create your own 3D photos in Photoshop, but it’s a bit of a long-winded hassle. What if there was an app that could let you create 3D photos automatically on any phone? Well, now there is.
The LucidPix app uses AI instead of depth sensors to transform regular flat 2D photos into 3D images for use on Facebook. It’ll either convert a regular flat 2D photos into 3D, or you can add 3D frames to add depth to an otherwise flat looking image.
About three days ago, we started seeing a new gimmick on Facebook, images that appear to “move in 3D” when you scroll through them or move your mouse cursor over them. This is a parallax effect and it can be accomplished by providing Facebook with a depth map (e.g. “arches_depth.png”) along with the original image (“arches.png”). The two need to have the same resolution and the depth map needs to be generated in a way that close objects are white and far away objects are black.
Austrian photographer Markus Hofstätter has published plenty of interesting wet plate projects. In his latest project, he brings together large format wet plates and stereo 3D photos. This was Markus’ most time-consuming project so far. It took him working six months to finish it, the first three just modifying his camera so it can take stereographic images. But judging from the results – it was well worth it.
Facebook has shared a lot of updates at the F8 keynote on 1 May, and it looks like the plan to experiment with AI and VR in some interesting ways. While 360-degree photos and videos have been around on Facebook for a while, they now plan to turn 2D photos into 3D. In other words, they want to give regular, flat photos a feeling of 3D space and create a more immersive experience for the viewers.
Artist Matthew Mohr has created an interesting and unique piece of art. His project titled As We Are features a 14-foot 3D interactive human head. It was assembled from a skeleton covered with ribbons of LED screens. In its neck, there’s a photo booth where the visitors can capture 3D photos of themselves. Once they do it, the giant head displays their face, turning them into a statue.
Since the interactive head combines technology, interaction, and art, it’s also called “the ultimate selfie machine.” However, its purpose is more than just taking a selfie. It serves to amuse people, but also to evoke some discussions and consider how the idea of self-representation has evolved.
3D photography has been rapidly coming back into fashion over the last few years, and with dual cameras now slipping into our mobile phones, it doesn’t seem too far off until the masses are able to easily produce it. Until then, we still have to get a little creative sometimes when it comes to producing 3D imagery.
In this video, Mathieu Stern of the Weird Lens Challenge introduces us to the Stereax, a device sold in the 50s which would mount onto the front of your camera and allow you to capture two separate viewpoints on the same frame of film, to be able to then view it in the future in all its 3-dimensional glory.
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If you ever thought about taking 3D photos or video you are going to love this tutorial. It is based around the oldish Ricoh GX8, but you can adapt it to any camera you desire, as long as you can trigger them remotely. The general idea is quite simple, and here is the outline for it:
Take a two digital cameras which can be triggered remotely. Make a frame for the cameras with two compartments, so they are parallel to each other. Make/buy a Y splitter so you can trigger both left and right camera simultaneously. Put the left and right image together using StereoPhoto Maker. Make your own stereo viewer and enjoy your own 3d images.