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Three Dimensionality

Adding New Depth to your Pictures

Giles Stokoe

Ex-Travel photographer and now educator and tour leader.


It seems like only yesterday that I was told that stereo filmmaking would never be mainstream, that the logisitcs of filming a film twice, in high quality, and then doing the enormous amount of post processing that results in the successful synthesis of a 3D image on a 2D screen, would mean that 3D films would always be one-offs, destined to be shown on Imax screens in theme parks and exhibitions. This was about 13 years ago... before the advent of digital.

Nowadays we can all have 3D TVs, watch any number of commercially produced films at home or on the big screen, and easily buy cameras to shoot our own still and moving 3D images. But as always, while making things cheaper and easier to do, technology does not in itself provide the skills base that enables someone to do it well.

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