When you have two images, you have many options of viewing them. Stereo viewing cards are displayed with right and left images, producing a three-dimensional effect. Merging photos in an analytical image is also another option. Blue and red paper glasses is the most common and the cheapest to create the desired effect. It is what Matjaž uses in most of his exhibitions. The only downside is that you lose some colors when looking through filters.
If you shoot anaglyphs, which is the most popular, avoid cyan color codes red and blue. When looking at colors through 3D glasses, it can hurt the eyes a little. You can take care of this while you’re shooting or try to fix it post production
Another difficulty Matjaž points out is when photos are digital, the colors are presented within an RGB format but when printing, a photo is automatically converted to CMYK – a format that when printed, changes color tones. This is a big “rookie” mistake according to Matjaz.
“Many people don’t prepare their files to be converted thus changing the whole dynamic of a photo. This unfortunately results in a fear to explore 3D photography – because honestly, you see really bad ones.”
Key points to remember:
• Have two identical cameras or one good camera and tripod
• A lens with a small aperture
• A program or app to calculate distance between cameras and objects
• Software to process your images
The vital equipment Matjaz needs:
• The Nikon D810 and AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED x 2
• A slider and leveler for stability
• A trigger to set off both cameras at the same time
Most importantly, he reminds us to: embrace mistakes. Matjaž Tančič dominates the 3D photography world because of the trials and errors that are behind him. He stresses to start simple and eventually the technicality will follow. His next project will be a series of 3D portraits of refugees in Greece.