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New Stereoscopic 3D Photography Portfolio from Cesar Sommer

December 8th, 2012 · No Comments · General 3D News


Here is something new coming from Cesar Sommer, in the form of new stereoscopic 3D photo portfolio containing some celebrities that he’s shot in stereo 3D. Cesar is a photographer and a producer of stereoscopic 3D content as well as an established commercial photographer in 2D. He most known as being one of the first “Digital 3D” fashion photographer worldwide using the emerging 3D technology. His first 3D Portfolio Reel also was used as demo content for the premiere of YouTube in 3D at CES 2009 in Las Vegas and his 3D works were also featured here on the blog multiple times. He is also the first or one of the first to photograph celebrities in digital 3D such as the Grammy nominated Rapper Redman and 2x Grammy winning Fatman Scoop or Bobby V who won a Urban Music Award for Best R&B Act.

Cesar Sommer’s 3D photographer portfolio homepage is a world premiere and has been realized by Phereo, a company at the forefront of 3D technology. Phereo specializes in stereo image processing and developing new 3D technologies for the web, mobile devices and home entertainment systems. As one can see it offers new ways to display 3D images on web sites making it easy for viewers with different stereoscopic 3D display devices to be able to enjoy them in 3D. Cesar’s 3D photo portfolio takes advantage of a new feature for the Pro users of the Phereo service that allows the users to easily create a dedicated page with selected stereoscopic images to showcase their best 3D photography works.

To see the new stereoscopic 3D photography portfolio from Cesar Sommer…

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Check Out the Latest Version of Phereoshop 3D Photo Organizer

October 10th, 2012 · No Comments · General 3D News


I’ve already mentioned the free Phereoshop stereo 3D photo organizer a while ago here on the blog, but meanwhile the software has been significantly improved. Phereoshop has started as a simple organizer for 3D photos and as a tool to help you easily upload and share the 3D photos you take on the Phereo.com website, but is constantly evolving and while not still as powerful as the StereoPhoto Maker (a must have free software for everyone working with 3D photos) it is starting to catch up in terms of features. The Phereoshop software supports 3D photos in the most common formats including MPO files from devices that are equipped with a 3D camera such as the Nintendo 3DS, 3D-capable smartphones and also 3D-capable digital cameras such as the Fujifilm W1 and W3. It allows you to organize the 3D photos on your computer into albums and view them in 2D and 3D format on 3D-capable devices – the software supports Nvidia’s 3D Vision as well as 3D HDTV output in Side by Side (squashed) format, Side by Side, Row Interlaced as well as Anaglyph 3D. You can also import 3D photos in one format and export them in another, you can also export 2D views from a 3D photo, so that you can share them with people that don’t yet have a 3D viewing device. The editing functionality is still a bit more basic and offers you to easily do things like swap the left and right views, do some basic color adjustments, do stereo alignment (there is auto alignment function as well) and crop the 3D photo to a specific aspect ratio or size.

There is also a PRO version of Phereoshop available, however you will have to pay for it, and it is being sold for $24.99 USD. Normally you can go without the Pro version as it only adds a few extra features that not everyone will need, such as Watermark support or batch processing of multiple photos. What is important to know is that if you edit a 3D photo using Phereoshop (the free version) you’ll get a small Phereoshop watermark inserted on your photo and that can be annoying, especially if you want to print the 3D photo. And while getting the Pro version would remove that watermark, the chances are that you’d go for an alternative such as StereoPhoto Maker for editing your photos instead of using the edit functionality of Phereoshop. Also something that I’m kind of missing in the Edit functionality of the software is the Resize function, a must have basic thing when working with photos, 2D or 3D ones. Sure there is a Resize functionality when you export a photo from Phereoshop, but that function is not very well implemented (no info about the actual width and height for proportional resize). So there is definitely more work to be done on the software, but the good news is that we are seeing an improvement, so if you haven’t yet tried it or have tried an older version you might want to check it out to see what the latest free version 1.8 of Phereoshop offers.

To download and try the free Phereoshop 3D Photo Organizer software…

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First Impressions from Snapily’s Lenticular 3D Photo Prints

September 17th, 2012 · 14 Comments · Shooting in 3D


Taking 3D photos is not that hard anymore, but sharing them with people that don’t have a 3D-capable display device is still a bit of a problem and the easiest ways to ensure that they can see the photo in 3D is to have them printed. Of course printing a 3D photo is not as easy as with a 2D photo and is more expensive, but the results can also be more impressive and it certainly makes a nice gift for someone, especially if the photos are from some kind of an event like a birthday, wedding, anniversary etc. The question here is where and how to get your 3D photos printed as it turns out that there are not that many places where you can easily have your pictures printed in 3D. One of these places is Snapily, and I’ve already mentioned their Snapily3D app for iOS devices as well as their lenticular 3D printing services here on the blog. Now it is time to share my personal experience printing some 3D photos with Snapily them and having them delivered outside of the USA.

Snapily’s order process is very simple and easy, you just register at their website and start uploading the 3D photos, no need to edit them prior to uploading them, unless you want to do some adjustment of course. YOu upload one photo at a time, then you see a wiggle preview, select the photo size (4″x6″, 5″x7″ or 6″x9″) and the number of copies you want from each photo. Snapily is based in the USA, but they deliver prints in the whole world, it just takes a bit more time for them to be delivered, so if you want to make a present with 3D photo prints don’t wait for the last moment to order them. It took about to weeks for the printing and delivery of my 3D photos from UsA to Europe, though you may get them faster. The 3D photo prints were very well packed in a special package to keep them from bending and arrived in perfect condition with an extra paper envelope for each photo contained in the package in order to have them stored properly to keep them from being damaged. Lenticular prints are ticker than normal photos and you need to be careful not to scratch the plastic lenses on top of the actual print that are creating the 3D effect without the need to wear special glasses as this can make them unusable. Now regarding the print and the 3D effect, the resolution you get is a lower than that of a 2D photo, so very fine details may not be very clear and the photos may not be very sharp, seeming blurrier than what you see when reviewing the photos on a 3D monitor for example. The light and distance you view the 3D photo prints from are also very important for getting the best possible experience – you need to look at them in a well lit environment and not put them in your face, but instead hold them at a distance similar to the one you hold a book when you are reading. Also have in mind that not all 3D photos may look as good as on a 3D display when printed in 3D, though some might look more impressive on lenticular print. Just a piece of advice, don’t print multiple copies of a 3D photo you are not sure will look as you expect it printed in 3D, start with a single copy and if it is Ok then you can order more copies for it.

For more information about Snapily’s lenticular 3D photo printing services…

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