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Stereo Photography Workshop Videos

Would you like to learn how to do some aspect of stereo photography?  These videos are from workshops given at various conventions or stereo club meetings and can help you to learn how to get started in the area they cover.  Here is a list of the 59 current topics.  See the full description of each workshop (in alphabetical order) after the topics list.  Just click on the title to go to the description.

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Taking 3D Photos

GD11-DSS1 - Digital 101 - George Themelis (2011)

GD7-006 - Documenting a Community - Felix Russo (2007)

GD3-DSS2 - Light Meter Workshop - Kern/Benz/Furman (2003) 

GD4-DSS1 - Tabletops Workshop - Dennis Hanser (2004) 

GD1-004 - Get Started In 3D Using A Manual Stereo Camera - George Themelis (2001)

GD10-05 - Getting Started in Stereo Photography - Tom Rywick (2010) 

GD10-03 - High Dynamic Range Imaging in Stereo - David Kesner (2010) 

GD3-004 - Take Better Stereo Pictures Via Good Composition - George Themelis (2003)

GD1-006 - Take Stereo Pictures With A Single (2D) Camera - George Themelis (2001)

GD6-006 - Improve Your Stereo Photography  - David Lee (2006) 

GD6-005 - Making Stereo Panoramas - David Lee (2006) 

GD6-007 - Modern Glamour Stereo Photography - Starosta/Wilson/Ferguson/Maslin (2006) 

GD10-06 - Single Camera Hyper- & Hypo-stereos - George Themelis (2010)

GD8-005 - Variable Stereo Base - George Themelis (2008)

GD4-004 - Taking Your 3D Images to the Next Level - Jon Golden/Jan Burandt (2004)

GD3-008 - Underwater Stereography - Ed Jameson (2003)


Anaglyphs and Phantograms

GD1-002 - Anaglyphs - What and How - Dan Shelley (2001)

GD3-009 - Art of Creating Anaglyphs - Jim Harp (2003)

GD4-001 - Introduction to Making Phantograms - Steve Hughes (2004) 

GD7-901 - Practical Shooting Setup and Processing Phantograms (2 Workshops) - Barry Rothstein/Shab Levy (2007)

GD5-006 - Shooting Phantograms Outdoors in Nature - Barry Rothstein (2005)


Mounting Stereo Slides

GD3-007 - Comprehensive Slide Mounting Workshop - David Kesner (2003)

GD5-003 - Slide Mounting for Projection 101 - Steve Hughes (2005) 

GD5-009 - Slide Mounting Using RBT Mounts - George Themelis (2005)

GD9-001 - Stereo Window and Cropping - Bill Moll (2009)


Making Stereocards

GD0-001 - Advanced Techniques In Stereocard Making - David Lee (2000)

GD5-DSS1 - Digital Stereocard Workshop - David Goings (2005)

GD7-001 - Graphic Design & Assembly of Modern Stereo Cards - Tom Dory and Larry Ferguson (2007)

GD5-004 - Making Modern Stereo Cards: Creating the Image - Steve & Suzanne Hughes (2005)

GD5-005 - Making Modern Stereo Cards: Creating the Cards - Steve & Suzanne Hughes (2005)

GD1-005 - Making Stereo Cards - David Lee (2001)

GD6-003 - Making Stereo Cards Using StereoPhoto Maker - Steve & Suzanne Hughes (2006)


Digital Stereo

GD1-001 - 2D to 3D Conversion - Dan Shelley (2001)

GD10-01 - 2D to 3D Conversion in 2 Minutes - Gene & Liz Mitofsky (20010) 

GD8-003 - A Beginner's Guide to StereoPhoto Maker - David Starkman (2008)

GD4-002 - Art & Science of Homemade Digital Stereo Cameras Swanson/Crockett/Heyda (2004)

GD11-DSS1 - Digital 101 - George Themelis (2011)

GD3-002 - Digital Retouching of Stereo Views - Steve Hughes (2003)

GD5-001 - Digital Stereo Projection - Dr. John Hart (2005) 

GD10-02 - Digital Stereo Projection for Beginners - Steve Hughes (2010) 

GD5-002 - Digital Stereo Slideshows - Dr. John Hart (2005)

GD6-004 - Easy Digital Stereo  - Dr. John Hart, Jon Golden, Larry Heyda (2006)

GD10-05 - Getting Started in Stereo Photography - Tom Rywick (2010) 

GD10-03 - High Dynamic Range Imaging in Stereo - David Kesner (2010) 

GD9-004 - My Album - Ron Labbe (2009)

GD9-003 - Photoshop Techniques for Stereo - Jim Gasperini (2009)

GD4-003 - PokeScope Pro Software and New Products - Dr. Monte Ramstad (2004)

GD10-06 - Single Camera Hyper- & Hypo-stereos - George Themelis (2010)

GD8-001 - Starting With StereoData Maker - Steve Hughes (2008)

GD9-001 - Stereo Window and Cropping - Bill Moll (2009)

GD3-003 - Using Photoshop To Make Stereo Images - David Lee (2003)


Stereo Photography Equipment

GD6-001 - 3Discover - Jacques Côté (2006)

GD4-002 - Art & Science of Homemade Digital Stereo Cameras Swanson/Crockett/Heyda (2004)

GD11-DSS1 - Digital 101 - George Themelis (2011)

GD5-001 - Digital Stereo Projection - Dr. John Hart (2005)

GD6-004 - Easy Digital Stereo  - Dr. John Hart, Jon Golden, Larry Heyda (2006)

GD1-003 - FrankenPony Project 2001 - Bill Davis (2001)

GD3-001 - FrankenPony Project 2003 - Bill Davis (2003)

GD1-004 - Get Started In 3D Using A Manual Stereo Camera - George Themelis (2001)

GD10-05 - Getting Started in Stereo Photography - Tom Rywick (2010) 

GD1-006 - Take Stereo Pictures With A Single (2D) Camera - George Themelis (2001)

GD4-005 - Making 3D Equipment Choices - Jon Golden/Jan Burandt (2004)

GD4-003 - PokeScope Pro Software and New Products - Dr. Monte Ramstad (2004)

GD10-06 - Single Camera Hyper- & Hypo-stereos - George Themelis (2010)

GD4-004 - Taking Your Stereo Photography to the Next Level - Jon Golden/Jan Burandt (2004)

GD3-008 - Underwater Stereography - Ed Jameson (2003)


Stereo Projection and Video

GD5-001 - Digital Stereo Projection - Dr. John Hart (2005) 

GD10-02 - Digital Stereo Projection for Beginners - Steve Hughes (2010) 

GD5-002 - Digital Stereo Slideshows - Dr. John Hart (2005)

GD8-004 - Dual Stream Editing With Premiere Pro - Thomas Koester (2008)

GD3-005 - How to Compose a Show for the Stereo Theater - Jon Golden/Jan Burandt (2003)


Other Topics

GD7-007 - 3D In Art Galleries and Museums - Slideshow - Ray Zone (2007)

GD7-008 - 3D In Art Galleries and Museums - Panel Discussion - Ray Zone, Ron Labbe, Claudia Kunin, Diane Rulien, Annie Dubinsky, Chris Schneberger, Phyllis Maslin, Larry Ferguson (2007)

GD10-04 - Custom View Master Reels - Sheldon Aronowitz/Debra Borer (2010)

GD9-002 - Fixing My Gaze: How I Learned to See in 3D - Susan Barry (2009)

GD9-001 - Stereo Window and Cropping - Bill Moll (2009)

GD10-91 - View-Master SIG Meeting - Sell/Borer/Dubnow/Labbe/Aronowitz (2010)



Workshop Descriptions

GD1-001 "2D to 3D Conversion" - Dan Shelley
Perhaps you have a treasured photograph of a relative, or a once-in-a-lifetime shot when you didn't have a stereo camera.  Dan will show you how, with a little time and patience, you can  create a stereo version of it.  The steps are simple and can be done with a variety of software programs, including some you may already have or others you can download for free.


GD10-001 "2D to 3D Conversion in 2 Minutes" - Gene & Liz Mitofsky  
Easily converting 2D images to 3D has been a dream of many stereo photographers for decades, and there have been many processes for doing conversion over the years. Most of them are either very time consuming and tedious, or not very effective. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to create a 3D version of that one-of-a-kind photo, either for personal pleasure or for inclusion in a presentation of other stereo images? And to be able to do it quickly?

In this 2010 workshop, Gene and Liz Mitofsky (Chicago Stereo Camera Club) show you how to convert images using common programs like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (as well as free software like GIMP) from 2D to 3D in literally 2 minutes. This technique uses image mapping and the displacement filter, which can be learned in a few minutes, yet create a 3D effect that looks quite good and is a lot of fun!


GD7-007 "3D In Art Galleries and Museums - Slideshow" - Ray Zone
3D photographers and artists face a unique challenge when they want their work displayed in art galleries and museums. Finding ways that make it easy to view their work, as well as getting art museum curators or gallery owners to give space for this kind of presentation has yielded many creative solutions

In this 2007 workshop, Ray Zone gives a presentation in mixed 2D and anaglyph 3D of various ways 3D images are being presented to the public today. You will meet many of today’s better known 3D artists and see how they are overcoming the problems of providing a good 3D viewing experience to the public. This workshop was followed by another, (GD7-008) in which a panel of current artists and museum curators discussed the challenges of this art form and suggested ways of overcoming them (panel discussion on a separate DVD).

GD7-008 "3D In Art Galleries and Museums - Panel" - Ray Zone (Moderator)
In this 2007 workshop (second of two), Ray Zone moderates a panel discussion of current artists and museum curators who discuss the challenges of this artform and suggested ways of overcoming them. The panel was made up of (in order of appearance) Ron Labbe, Claudia Kunin, Diane Rulien and Annie Dubinsky (of the 3D Center), Chris Schneberger, Phyllis Maslin, and Larry Ferguson. This workshop was preceded by a mixed 2D/3D slideshow (GD7-007) presenting some fine examples of ways 3D images are being displayed in both museums and galleries today (slideshow on a separate DVD).


GD6-001 "3Discover" - Jacques Côté
If you have ever thought about what it takes to bring a new product to a niche market like stereo photography, or if you have and idea for a product that you would like to develop, this workshop is essential. Also, those who just have an interest in 3D products will be amazed by the story of all the trials and pitfalls that eventually caused this excellent product, the 3Discover viewer and cassette system, to go out of production.

Jacques Côté relates the inside story of how the system was developed, and the many changes they had to make along the way in an effort to perfect the viewers and film cassettes. At the end of the lecture, he shows how to fix the most common problem with malfunctioning viewers.


GD8-003 "A Beginner’s Guide to StereoPhoto Maker" - David Starkman
Digital Cameras are now being used by a great majority of people to capture images in all formats - including stereo. The hardest part for stereo photography has been getting the images into a form where they can be easily shared. Along comes StereoPhoto Maker.

In this 2008 workshop, David Starkman shows how a person with no expertise in Photoshop, websites, computers, or other programs can successfully use StereoPhoto Maker. He gets you started to quickly and easily get digital stereo images (either from digital cameras or from a scanner) corrected and adjusted. They are then ready for printing (as stereo cards), viewing on a computer, or sending to a film recorder to make stereo slides.

Some of the major topics include downloading SPM, organizing images, renaming files (batch), aligning images (batch), multi-conversion (quick & easy output to anaglyph, grayscale, shutter glasses, over/under, stereo pairs, etc.).  Questions are answered along the way.


GD0-001 "Advanced Techniques In Stereocard Making" - David Lee 
There is more to a high quality stereo card than pasting a pair of images on a piece of cardboard. Many people would like to create their own cards to share with friends and family, to enter in stereo exhibitions, or just to enjoy at home. What are the secrets that an experienced card maker can pass on to improve the final product?

In this workshop given in Mesa, Arizona in 2000, David Lee shares many of his techniques, from selecting the paper and adhesive to creating a jig for trimming prints accurately. There is even a template to create card graphics on 8X10 sheets. Turn some of your images into the classic format of stereo cards.

Chapter topics include:

1. Common Problems 6. Card Stock & Graphics
2. The Stereo Window 7. Adhesives
3. Trimming Jig 8. Print Processors
4. Dimensions 9. Printing Hints
5. Window Position 10. Selling Cards

Click here for handout.

Click here for sample card front.

Click here for sample card back.


GD1-002 "Anaglyphs - What and How" - Dan Shelley
Would you like to turn one of YOUR images into an anaglyph (the single stereo images you view with the red and cyan glasses)?  Anaglyphs are very useful for making prints and for sharing on the web (MANY people have the red/cyan glasses needed to view them).  Dan leads you step-by-step through four procedures for making anaglyphs in both black & white and in color.
Chapter topics on the DVD include:

1. Introduction 6. Type 4: Combination
2. Overview 7. Examples
3. Type 1: Gray Scale 8. Stereo Image Factory
4. Type 2: Quick Color 9. Questions & Answers
5. Type 3: True Color


GD4-002 "Art & Science of Homemade Digital Stereo Cameras" - 
Elliott Swanson, Rob Crockett and Larry Heyda 
Digital cameras are becoming more and more popular these days, and they have certain advantages over film cameras. Chief among these are the ease of sharing images (via email or web posting), the ability to manipulate or improve a photo, and the instant knowledge of whether your image is worth keeping. The main hurdle that had to be overcome for stereo photography was getting two cameras to synchronize for photos of motion or flash photography.

In this workshop, Elliott Swanson shows several possible setups for pairs of digital cameras and tells how the sync problem has been overcome. Rob Crockett explains how the LANC Shepherd that he created allows for action and flash photography with certain Sony cameras. Larry Heyda shows his Breeze digital stereo camera, as well as an attachment that can be used with a single digital camera to make stereo photos. Digital stereo photography is here!


GD3-009 "Art of Creating Anaglyphs" - Jim Harp 
Jim attended Dan Shelley's 2001 workshop "Anaglyphs - What and How", and has worked on the improvement of creating anaglyph images ever since.  He uses Photoshop in the workshop and shows step-by-step how to do it using many different images with the types of problems you may encounter when doing your own creations.  Attention is given to the reduction of ghosting and dealing with difficult colors (especially reds) to make more pleasing stereo images.


GD3-007 "Comprehensive Slide Mounting Workshop" - David Kesner 
Stereo slides can be taken with many types of 35mm camera, but no matter how they are taken, eventually they have to be mounted to be viewed either in a hand viewer or by stereo projection.  In this 2003 workshop, David Kesner answers many of the most common questions about how to correctly do the mounting, while showing equipment and giving tips on the common problems along the way. Chapter topics include:

1. Introduction  6. Sealing/Taping
2. Basic Mounting 7. Ghosting
3. Equipment & Mount Types 8. 2 X 2
4. S.A.M. & Alignment Tips 9. Hyperstereo & Double Depth
5. Other Mounts  10. Q&A


GD10-04 - "Custom View Master Reels" - Sheldon Aronowitz/Debra Borer 
For many people, View Master reels are the first way 3D photography is experienced, and most people fondly remember hours spent looking at these amazing images through a VM viewer. What better way to share stereo images or promote a product in vivid 3D than by creating your own View Master reels?

In this 2010 workshop, Sheldon Aronowitz (a lifelong View Master collector) and Debra Borer (Director of View Master at Alpha Cine) discuss how to go about making custom View Master reels. Topics discussed include what kind of camera is required, using a View Master template, the advantages of producing a single reel and a 3-reel pack, making your own packaging, designing your own artwork, use of classic View Master catalog images, making a small business out of View Master production and the costs of making different products.


GD11-DSS1 "Digital 101" - George Themelis 
Digital stereo photography has come of age, and every photographer has the option of shooting stereo images in 3D. For someone who is either new to photography or who has shot only film or 2D digital images, the world of digital stereo can seem complicated.

In this 2011 workshop, George "Dr. T" Themelis shows the different ways 3D digital images can be captured. He then shows step-by-step how to view them, edit them (align, crop, and adjust the stereo window), improve them using other simple software, and how to prepare images for a competition.

As the final step of his presentation, George uses some images he shot the day of the workshop and goes through his regular workflow to show what he does to take them from right out of the camera to projection ready images. Seeing someone do all the steps is the best way to learn how to do it yourself, and with a DVD, you can "rewind" and view over any step you did not get the first time!


GD3-002 "Digital Retouching of Stereo Views" - Steve Hughes 
Using common image programs like "Paint Shop Pro" or "Photoshop", you can fix up a stereo pair on a damaged card, whether it is to make a better copy, publish it on a web site, create a View Master disk (like Steve did) or any other use.  Steve demonstrates on actual views that were included in the NSA Charleston convention souvenir disk how to improve damaged views.  Chapter topics include:

1. Introduction   8. Keep It Simple
2. Do You Need To Do It?   9. Basic Steps
3. End Result 10. Basic Tools
4. Depth 11. Basic Equipment
5. Stereo Haze 12. Example 1
6. Be Careful Of...         "The Old Post Office"
7. Things We Can Fix 13. Example 2
        "Secession Hall"


GD5-001 "Digital Stereo Projection" - Dr. John Hart
There are many advantages to doing stereo slide presentations using digital projection, including the reduction in equipment from several carousel trays of slides to a single DVD. Also the special effects of transitions, scrolls, pans and zooms cannot be done using the traditional stereo slide.

In this 2005 workshop, Dr. John Hart discusses the equipment and software needed to create a digital slide show. Types of projectors, screens, audio devices and computer programs are discussed with the pros and cons in each price range. As the final step of the program, a short presentation is created to demonstrate the kinds of shows that can be done - and how easy it is to create them.


GD10-002 "Digital Stereo Projection for Beginners" - Steve Hughes  
Digital stereo cameras and twin rigs are now snapping pictures at a rapid rate, and many stereo photographers would like to know how to share those images with larger groups, or view them in a home theater environment. Steve Hughes addresses this question with information on how to get started in the area of projecting digital stereo images on the large screen.

This 2010 workshop discusses the different hardware and software available for doing digital projection, both of slide shows and for stereo video projection, as well as which equipment is the most cost effective for the present and the near future. A handout from the workshop is included on the disc.


GD5-002 "Digital Stereo Slideshows" - Dr. John Hart
In this 2005 workshop (the second of two), Dr. John Hart discusses the equipment and software needed to create a digital slide show. Types of projectors, screens, audio devices and computer programs are discussed with the pros and cons in each price range. Special emphasis is placed in this presentation on the step-by-step creation of a digital slideshow using "ProShow Gold", showing the viewer how easy a truly professional looking show can be made in much less time than a traditional slideshow.


GD7-006 "Documenting a Community" - Felix Russo
How many stereo images have you seen with scenes of your home town as it was in the early 1900s? How about the 1950s? If there are not a good collection of views from back then, it is probably because no one took the time to take those images or to preserve them somewhere. Fifty years from now (or a hundred), will there be any stereo images of your area as it looks today? Perhaps only if you take the time to create them.

In this 2007 workshop, Felix Russo details how he has created a program of images of one community. You will learn about the process of getting people to be relaxed about having their picture included in a project like this, what kind of releases to get and how to compensate people for using their images (without cash). Felix also shows some presentation options for card sets, as well as many images from his project shown in anaglyph format in 3D.


GD5-DSS1 "DSS Digital Stereocard Workshop" - David Goings 
Are you a slide maker who has always wanted to have some of your images on stereocards to either submit to exhibitions or distribute to family and friends? Or are you experimenting with digital cameras, but unsure of how to view the results? In this 2005 workshop, David Goings shows how he has been making and printing cards from digital files for use with exhibitions and the APEC exchanges.

This method also allows you to use a photo editor like Photoshop as a darkroom to improve your images - from underexposed, but otherwise good images, to those which need cropping, reformatting, or removal of distractions.

Some of the topic covered:

            1. Selecting the Image.

            2. Cropping and Framing.

            3. Color Correcting.

            4. Printing.

            5. Mounting.


GD3-DSS2 "DSS Light Meter Workshop" - Kern/Benz/Furman 
Whether you are using a 1950s era camera and a hand held meter, a modern film camera with a through-the-lens meter, an automatic camera or even a digital camera, the images you get can be improved by understanding how to use a light meter correctly.  Bill Kern, Greg Benz and Paul Furman lead the viewer through the topics of what a light meter is measuring and how you use that information to easily get a correct exposure every time.  This workshop was given at the Detroit Stereographic Society meeting in January, 2003.

Chapter topics include:

1. Introduction 6. Incident vs. Reflective
2. Energy Management 7. Other Topics
3. Theory 8. Astro Photography
4. How To Do It 9. Using The Meter
5. Other Factors

Click here for handout.


GD4-DSS1 "DSS Tabletops Workshop" - Dennis Hanser 
Tabletops are images created in a controlled light situation using small items, usually on a tabletop or other stage. In this workshop given for the Detroit Stereographic Society in 2004, Dennis lists the benefits of working with this kind of image and shows some of the basic equipment needed. These simple images can be very effective and still have as much impact as any other kind of stereo image.

Some of the topic covered:

            1. What kind of camera is best (stereo or single lens)?

            2. What can I use for lighting?

            3. How do you create the tabletop?

            4. What kind of backdrops are used?

            5. What about backlighting and silhouettes?

Dennis also presents a series of actual competition images he created using this method (both successful and not) to show some of the kinds of images you can do. This is great for creating images when the weather or local is not what you need.  [Examples are shown in 2D]


GD8-004 "Dual Stream Editing With Premiere Pro" - Thomas Koester 
Stereo movies can now be easily taken using two camcorders or even two digital cameras in movie mode. Once you have the files on your computer, how do you edit the clips and create quality stereo output of the finished movie?

In this 2008 workshop, Tom Koester (an industry professional with over 35 years experience in cinematography, editing, sound mixing and special visual effects) gives the advantages of using twin camera input (as opposed to a unit that creates stereo in the camera). He then shows how to edit and sync the two video streams using tools in Adobe Premiere that allow you to view the 3D while editing, adjusting convergence, and creating output files in various formats. You, too, can create quality 3D video!


GD6-004 "Easy Digital Stereo" - John Hart, Jon Golden, Larry Heyda 
Digital stereo photography has made great strides recently with the introduction of several ways to capture images. Software programs like StereoPhoto Maker and PokeScope Pro have made the process of creating prints, electronic images and even slides from digital files practical and easy for everyone. The question still remains as to what kind of equipment one can use to take the pictures.

In this 2006 workshop, John Hart talks about viewing images with his new large format print viewer and explains the advantages of twin camera rigs using the LANC Shepherd. Jon Golden shows his small twin P200 camera setup, the new macro unit for these, and some other hardware items like slide bars and brackets. Larry Heyda shows his Advantage digital stereo camera setup which allows for a split image using a relatively inexpensive 10 megapixel camera, resulting in perfect sync, even with flash. You will be able to see both the advantages and disadvantages of each system and decide which one will be best for you!


GD9-002 "Fixing My Gaze: How I Learned to See in 3D" - Susan Barry (2009)
Susan Barry was not able to view the world in 3 dimensions until she was 48 years old due to having been born cross-eyed.  Her brain selectively used one eye or the other, but not both at the same  time.  Her story of how she learned to see in 3D and her examples of exercises to help a stereo blind person gain the ability to see in stereo make a truly interesting tale, which is fully told in her book "Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions" which can be found on her website


GD1-003 "The FrankenPony Project" - Bill Davis (2001)
Bill Davis has found many ways to do stereo photography projects "on a shoestring" budget.  One of his best known creations is his full-frame stereo camera fashioned from two easily (and cheaply) obtained Kodak Pony C 35mm cameras.  After cutting and joining them successfully, the new camera was dubbed the "FrankenPony".

If you have ever had the desire to take full-frame stereo photos, this workshop is for you.  Bill shows you how he took the two cameras (available from photo equipment shows or Ebay for $5-$20 each) and hacked them into a single stereo full frame camera that gets very good results!  This does not take any special tools or abilities.  As a bonus, Bill also shows how to make a 35mm back for a Sputnik camera to be able to take panoramic 35mm slides or negatives.


GD3-001 "The FrankenPony Project 2003" - Bill Davis 
Bill upgrades his popular workshop [see "The FrankenPony Project" above] to include a demonstration of the complete disassembly of the Kodak Pony C along with tips for the cutting, joining and reassembly of the final full-frame stereo camera.  This workshop comes as a full, high quality DVD that can be viewed as a single video or by chapter to review a single topic.  The chapter topics include:

1. Introduction 9. Light Traps
2. Why Pony?  10. View Finder
3. First Steps 11. Film Plates
4. Disassembly 12. Shutter Bar
5. Cutting 13. Reassembly
6. Gluing 14. Film Advance
7. Bracing 15. Tips
8. Backs 16. Questions & Answers

Click here for FrankenPony Project handout - good for either 2001 or 2003 workshops.


GD10-05 - "Getting Started in Stereo Photography" - Tom Rywick
What is stereo photography? How does someone take or view 3D images or videos? What equipment, techniques and software is there to help someone create and enjoy these 3D presentations? Most important is how can someone with little or no knowledge of the subject get started in understanding it?

Tom Rywick presented this workshop to answer these questions and many more. Starting with a brief historical overview, he moves on to explain the different approaches to taking and viewing images in 3D - anaglyph (red-cyan) prints, stereo cards, polarized projection, hand-held slide viewers, etc. He also describes cameras from the Realist of the 1950s to the digital stereo cameras and twin rigs used today.

This 2010 workshop will give you the information you need to get started in this fun and fulfilling hobby.


GD7-001 "Graphic Design & Assembly of Modern Stereo Cards" -
Tom Dory and Larry Ferguson 
It is easier to make a stereo card today than it has been any other time in the history of stereo photography. The digital processing of images and printing on high end printers has made it possible for rapid creation of quality prints quickly. To make a high quality card, there needs to be some thought put in to card design - making that card stand out above the basic.

Tom Dory and Larry Ferguson have been making high quality cards using design elements taken from a wide variety of sources. They show the difference between a plain card and one that can add "wow" to the experience of viewing your images. They also show the process of putting together batches of stereo cards with the least amount of pain and effort.


GD10-03 "High Dynamic Range Imaging in Stereo" - David Kesner  
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) is a method of creating an image that extends the dynamic range beyond what can be captured in a single exposure. This allows an image to have details in bright highlights and deep shadows where detail would normally be blown out or totally black. Creating these images presents difficulties that are even more problematic when done in stereo.

This 2010 workshop discusses how to take the images, how to process them, how to overcome the problems and shows some examples of HDR images. The difference between HDR Imaging and Tone Mapping (a process used with HDRI) and what makes a good HDR image is also discussed with examples.


GD3-005 "How To Compose A Show for the Stereo Theater" - 
Jon Golden and Jan Burandt 
The Stereo Theater is one of the highlights of any convention of the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA). Putting together a good show is a complex undertaking, but anything complex is made up of many simple parts. In this workshop, two experienced presenters, Jon Golden and Jan Burandt, break the show into sections and lay out tips and techniques for a successful presentation. They are aided in this effort by other experienced presenters in the audience.

The chapter topics include:

1. What’s Your Purpose? 6. Slide Formats
2. Who is your audience? 7. Pre-Screening
3. On Screen Duration 8. Conclusion
4. Setting a Tone 9. Questions and Answers
5. Audio Elements


GD1-004 "How To Get Started In 3D Using A Manual Stereo Camera" - Dr. George Themelis
Many people who have only used point and shoot or automatic cameras may have questions about how to use a manual stereo cameras like the Realist or Kodak Stereo.  George "Dr. T." Themelis takes the viewer on a tour of all of the controls of this type of  camera, with the result that you will be able to take good stereo pictures with one of these workhorses of stereo photography.  George even shows you how, with a modern flash, your manual camera can become "automatic".

Chapter topics include:

1. Manual vs. Automatic 6. Low Light and Flash
2. Basic Manual Controls 7. Close-Up
3. Exposure 8. Beyond the Stereo Camera
4. Focus & Depth 9. Example Slides
5. Normal Photography


GD3-004 "How To Take Better Stereo Pictures Via Good Composition" - Dr. George Themelis
Composition is one of the key elements of a good photograph, whether in "standard" 2D form or in stereo. George Themelis, better known in stereo photography circles as "Dr. T", presents a workshop based on some tutorials he wrote for the Ohio Stereo Photographic Society newsletter on how to improve composition.

In this 2003 workshop, George reviews the traditional rules of good composition, then compares how they are used in both 2D and 3D photography. Topics are divided into chapters for easy access:

1. Introduction

2. The Simple Things

3. Rules of 2D Composition

4. Comparing 2D & 3D

5. The Element of Depth

6. Cropping/Mounting

Click here for handout.


GD1-006 "How To Take Stereo Pictures With A Single (2D) Camera" - Dr. George Themelis
The easiest way to get started in stereo photography is to use your existing equipment. George "Dr. T." Themelis shows the viewer how to use a standard point-and-shoot or SLR camera (2D) to make 3D images using simple techniques. He gives both the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of photography, and shows examples of many different kinds of images that have been shot this way.

Special situations are also addressed - from macro images to moving subjects and moving backgrounds (like clouds), to questions about how much to shift or how to use a flash for these images.


GD6-006 "Improve Your Stereo Photography" - David Lee
From time to time, every photographer needs to be inspired in ways of improving the process of photography. Once you have taken your own stereo photographs, the quest is on for ways to improve the images you are taking.

In this 2006 workshop, David Lee discusses various ways that your photography can be improved, including such things as black & white photography, composition, hyper-stereo and digital cameras. He talks of his own experiences and techniques (including the use of a digital camera as a light meter!), and takes questions from the workshop participants on various topics.

David Lee is well known in the stereo world for his beautiful stereo cards and large stereo prints. Here is your chance to spend an hour with a variety of subjects from a fine photographer.


GD4-001 "Introduction to Making Phantograms" - Steve Hughes
You place this special print on a table, put on your 3D glasses, and you could swear that an actual object is sitting on top of the paper. This is a Phantogram, a unique and interesting "new" stereo image form. You say to yourself, "How can I make one of those?"

In this 2004 workshop, Steve Hughes starts with a short history and theory of Phantograms, and then takes you step by step through the creation process. By following these detailed instructions, you will be able to make Phantograms that "work" and look so real that you can put the actual object next to the Phantogram and it will appear that two objects are there, side by side.

Topics are divided into chapters for easy access:

1. Introduction 6. Step By Step Creation
2. What Is A Phantogram? 7. Making A Simple Anaglyph
3. Viewing Phantograms 8. Problems
4. Drawing Phantograms 9. Last Thoughts
5. Photographic Phantograms 10. Q & A


GD4-005 "Making 3-D Equipment Choices" - Jon Golden and Jan Burandt
You may be just starting out in stereo photography, or you may have been taking 3D pictures for years, but you may still not be aware of the vast variety of equipment that is available for taking, viewing and mounting stereo images.

In this 2004 workshop, Jon Golden and Jan Burandt, proprieters of 3D Concepts ( demonstrate a variety of products available that can enhance the pleasure of the hobby of stereo photography. They include discussions and comparisons of vintage film items, as well as digital imaging equipment. Featured products include the RBT Mount system, RBT cameras and macro attachments, viewers by deWijs, Dukes and Ekeren, as well as RBT and Brackett projectors.


GD5-004 "Making Modern Stereo Cards: Creating the Image" - Steve & Suzanne Hughes
Digital printing techniques have made creating modern stereo cards much easier today than it was only a couple of years ago. Images can be scanned from film (slides or negatives) or captured with a digital camera. What remains is the task of how to easily get them into the proper format for creating a viewable stereo card.

In this 2005 workshop (part 1 of a 2 part series), Steve Hughes takes the viewer step-by-step through the process of getting the images correctly aligned, cropped, and ready to print. Included in this process is setting the stereo window and creating a complimentary background and text for the card. As a final step, Steve shows how it can be done in less than 45 seconds!


GD5-005 "Making Modern Stereo Cards: Creating the Cards" - Steve & Suzanne Hughes
Digital imaging programs have made the task of creating the stereo card image files much easier. Once you have the images from a high quality printer, what is the easiest way to create the physical card with the images and text mounted on it?

In this 2005 workshop (part 2 of a 2 part series), Steve Hughes takes the viewer step-by-step through the process of mounting finished stereo card images onto the card backing, demonstrating along the way each of the tools he uses to make this formerly tedious task quick and professional looking.


GD1-005 "Making Stereo Cards" - David Lee 
David goes through the basics of creating a stereo card in this 2001 workshop, from getting the materials, to step-by-step mounting procedure, including how to build a simple jig to help with perfect trimming.  Many questions are raised by the audience and David answers them fully.  The discs also include a handout from the workshop with all the details.

Click here for handout


GD6-003 "Making Stereo Cards Using StereoPhoto Maker" - Steve & Suzanne Hughes
In this 2006 workshop Steve Hughes takes the viewer step-by-step through the process of getting the images correctly aligned, cropped, and ready to print using the incredible free program StereoPhoto Maker. Included in this process is setting the stereo window and creating a complimentary background and text for the card.  This workshop is similar to the 2005 version in the video "Making Modern Stereo Cards: Creating the Image" only using more of the features of SPM.

In addition to the video, the DVD includes the handout from the presentation, as well as the slide presentation Steve used at the convention (computer with a DVD drive required to access the files). These files can also be accessed on Steve’s website:


GD6-005 "Making Stereo Panoramas" - David Lee 
You may have seen panoramic prints taken with a special camera, or you may have stitched several images together to make one of the extra wide prints. Can you imagine what a panoramic image would look like in stereo?

David Lee is well known in the stereo world for his beautiful stereo cards and large stereo prints. In this 2006 workshop, he shows how panoramic images are made, talks about software to make it easier, and shows some home made equipment for creating 3D versions of these interesting images.

Included on this disc are the tutorial files and some of the panoramic images David had at the workshop, plus a program you can use to view the images on your own computer (computer with a DVD drive required).


GD6-007 "Modern Glamour Stereo Photography" - Starosta/Wilson/Ferguson/Maslin
In this 2006 workshop, four well-known stereo photographers [Boris Starosta, Terry Wilson, Larry Ferguson and Phyllis Maslin) discuss details of this special aspect of the art.  Moderated by Tom Dory, the panel handles questions on topics like where they find models for their nude and erotic photos, what type of releases are used, and how to get the best photos.  Problems are discussed and each panelist gives their experiences.  Questions from the audience are also addressed, making this a truly interactive discussion.


GD9-004 "My Album" - Ron Labbe
When Ron Labbe needed to put together a simple 3D slide show, he found that the commonly used 3D program StereoPhoto Maker did not have some of the abilities he wanted, such as stereo dissolves and the ability to create a file that could play on any PC without needing the SPM program. He discovered that the My Album Pro program by Pierre Meindre (a free download program) had many of those features. In this short 2009 workshop, Ron gives an overview of how to use this program to create quality stereo presentations with dissolves and sound tracks. This workshop is a beginner’s guide, but will give you what you need to get you going.


GD9-003 - Photoshop Techniques for Stereo - Jim Gasperini
Photoshop is a very powerful program - probably the chief tool used in the "digital darkroom". What kind of benefit can it give to the world of stereo images, especially stereo pairs from digital cameras, now that digital imaging is becoming universally accessible?

In this 2009 workshop, Jim Gasperini shows how to make the kind of corrections that will give your images the extra "wow" that is so easy to get when you know what to do. You will see the changes being made to several stereo pairs to improve contrast, perspective, color and rotational problems using Camera Raw, Curves, Levels and the Lens Correction Filter, as well as showing how to clean up old stereo images using tools like the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp, among others. Improve your Photoshop skills today!


GD4-003 "PokeScope Pro Software and New Products" - Dr. Monte Ramstad
Now that digital cameras and scanners are being used as often as film equipment, photographers are looking for software that can be used to deal with the unique issues of digital stereo photography.

In this 2004 workshop, Dr. Monte Ramstad demonstrates the program he has developed that allows for the handling of digital files of stereo images, from the basics of viewing separate pairs to the alignment, color correction and printing as stereo cards, web images or slides.  He also demonstrates products available on his website including digital stereo camera rigs, the Pocket Slidebar, and of course, the Pokescope viewer.


GD7-901 "Practical Shooting Setup" and "Processing Phantograms" - 
Barry Rothstein and Shab Levy
This DVD covers two shorter workshops on the creation of the magic images known as Phantograms. Barry Rothstein first takes the viewer through the steps to correctly capture the image you want to make into a Phantogram. He takes pictures of a digital camera on a desk for use in the second workshop, after answering questions from the audience.

Shab Levy then takes those images and demonstrates how to create the Phantogram print using Photoshop (any version from 7.0 and later will work). He also answers questions and shows a second image he created that has three levels of depth in it.  After viewing these two workshops, you will have the tools you need to create a successful Phantogram print.


GD5-006 "Shooting Phantograms Outdoors in Nature" - Barry Rothstein
"Shooting phantograms indoors is difficult, even with a good digital camera and slidebar, laser pointers, controlled lighting, flat, level surfaces, precisely printed setup grids, and a computer to confirm exact alignment. Doing them outdoors on rough, uneven, often hilly terrain with windblown subjects in ever changing lighting and weather conditions is far more challenging, less exact, and far less certain to succeed.

"This workshop will teach very specifically the techniques I’ve developed in efficiently shooting phantograms in outdoor, natural settings. While it is in no way geared to be a primer on producing phantograms, even a beginner who’s interested in getting started on phantograms should benefit."  - Barry Rothstein


GD10-06 - "Single Camera Hyper- & Hypo-stereos" - George Themelis 
One of the techniques of stereo photography that cannot be duplicated in 2D is that of Hyperstereos (where the distance between the lenses of the camera(s) is greater than normal eye spacing) which adds depth to a distant subject, and Hypostereos (less than normal eye spacing) which reduces the depth for subjects like macros, where too much depth is often a problem.

In this 2011 workshop, George "Dr. T" Themelis discusses how to take these types of images using a single camera. The emphasis is on using a digital camera, and specifically the Fuji 3D Digital camera (which has special functions for taking these kinds of pictures), but the basic idea can be applied to any camera (including film).

George dedicated this workshop to Paul Wing, the legendary stereo photographer for whom the subject of single camera hyperstereos was an important area of interest and specialty.


GD5-003 "Slide Mounting for Projection 101" - Steve Hughes
Many people have taken stereo slides and mounted them in either cardboard, glass or RBT plastic mounts. They may show them to friends or just enjoy looking at them through a hand viewer. They may not know that these slides would not look good projected on a big screen in front of a whole room full of people. What’s missing?

In this 2005 workshop, Steve Hughes shows with clear examples what kind of problems can plague a stereo slide. Any error in the alignment or window placement is greatly magnified in projection, and can cause discomfort in the viewer, taking away the enjoyment of viewing the images.


GD5-009 "Slide Mounting Using RBT Mounts" - Dr. George Themelis
The photographer who makes stereo slides has several choices when it comes to slide mounts, and being able to quickly and accurately mount slides has been a quest for those who must do their own mounting. The RBT plastic slide mount has made it much easier for the slide shooter to attain that goal.

In this workshop, George "Dr. T" Themelis demonstrates how the RBT mount is used, including showing the various ways a slide can be mis-mounted and how the RBT system overcomes them. This presentation was given at the October 2005 meeting of the Ohio Stereo Photographic Society.


GD8-001 "Starting With StereoData Maker" - Steve Hughes
StereoData Maker is a program that allows two rather inexpensive Canon cameras to be synchronized for taking digital stereo pictures. The cost of the hardware can be as small as a few dollars, as it only requires a switch, a battery and a pair of USB cables. Although the software is free, it is very powerful, giving many adjustments for the camera functions that are not normally available.

In this 2008 workshop, Steve Hughes gives an overview of how SDM came to be, how it works, and how to get both the program and the necessary hardware (you can build it or buy it - both at low cost). Examples of various SDM twin camera rigs are shown, and questions from the audience are answered. The workshop handout is included on the disc (accessible using a computer with a DVD drive). This will get you started into the exciting world of digital stereo photography!


GD8-005 "Stereo Photography With Variable Stereo Base" - Dr. George Themelis
Dedicated stereo cameras have their lenses at a fixed distance from each other - about the same separation as our eyes. Twin camera setups (or a single camera on a slide bar) allow that distance, known as the stereo base, to be either greater or smaller than our normal vision. How does that distance affect the stereo image we view?

In this 2008 workshop, George "Dr. T" Themelis discusses varying the stereo base for hyper- and hypo-stereo photography, and shows examples (converted to anaglyph for viewing with red/cyan glasses in this video) of the resulting images. The relationship between stereo base and focal length is also covered, as many people using digital twin rigs also have zoom lenses. These principles can be used for creating images for special effects, or to add or reduce depth in images that would not look good taken with a fixed base camera like a Stereo Realist.


GD9-001 "Stereo Window and Cropping" - Bill Moll
One of the concepts that can be most confusing for a person new to stereo photography is that of the "Stereo Window". This concept is part of any kind of stereo image presentation, whether the medium is slides, stereo cards or digital images. Just what is the stereo window, and what happens that causes an image to not look right due to problems with the window?

In this 2009 workshop, Bill Moll uses a very practical and easy to understand approach to this topic, using an actual physical window to illustrate what is meant by the various terms, and going on to the uses of cropping to eliminate those elements in an image that could lead to the dreaded "window violation" and other problems.


GD4-004 "Taking Your 3-D Images to the Next Level" - Jon Golden and Jan Burandt
Once a person finds a way to start taking 3-D images, whether that is with a dedicated stereo camera like the Stereo Realist, a twin rig, or even a single camera on a slide bar, there comes a time when they ask themselves, "Where can I go from here?" It’s time to move to the next level.

In this 2004 workshop, Jon Golden and Jan Burandt, proprieters of 3D Concepts ( lead the viewer through various ideas for improving images using existing gear, and also make some suggestions for incremental steps up in equipment. Members of the audience also add comments, questions and their suggestions


GD3-008 "Trials & Triumphs of Underwater Stereography" - Ed Jameson 
The challenges of stereo photography are multiplied by trying to capture images under water. Ed Jameson, a veteran diver and stereo photographer, shows the viewer many of the special problems faced by a novice attempting to capture 3D images below the surface. He also presents examples of the kind of images that can be taken by using these techniques (examples are in 2D on this disc).

Topics are divided into chapters for easy access:

1. Overview
2. Equipment
4. Nikonos
5. Other Cameras & Rigs
6. ISO Duplex
7. Beam Splitter Macro
8. Example Images
9. Questions and Answers


GD3-003 "Using Photoshop To Make Stereo Images" - David Lee
As the domain of stereo photography moves from traditional film cameras toward digital, and as the digital darkroom overshadows its chemical counterpart, more and more photographers are looking for information on how programs like Photoshop can be used in the creation and improvement of stereo images.

In this 2002 workshop, David Lee shows how he uses this popular program to create his oversize art prints. Although David indicates that most printers of the day are not ready to do standard stereo cards, within a short time the principles in this workshop will be applicable to cards and slides, as well as the large prints. Topics are divided into chapters for easy access:

1. Introduction 7. Step By Step
2. Aspects  8. Printers & Inks
3. Scanners 9. Books & References
4. Histograms 10. Traditional Prints
5. Scanner Software 11. Sharpening
6. Adjustment Layers 12. Stereo Specifics

Click here for handout.


GD10-91 - "View-Master SIG Meeting" - Sell/Borer/Dubnow/Labbe/Aronowitz 
The View-Master Special Interest Group has been meeting at the conventions of the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) for more than a quarter of a century, bringing news about View-Master history and current products to collectors from around the world.

In this 2010 presentation, Debra Borer (Director of View Master at Alpha Cine, and previously at Fisher-Price for many years) talks about her life and experiences working with View-Master products. She is joined by several well-known View-Master experts Mary Ann Sell, Rich Dubnow, Ron Labbe and Sheldon Aronowitz in an interesting and fact-filled trip through the history of the product that has become the symbol of 3D photography for most people in the world.



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DVD - The workshops are recorded by a single camera up front center.  Sound quality is generally very good, with occasional room noises.
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Shipping to countries other than the USA can be estimated by figuring the shipping for a 5 ounce package per program.  Again, insurance is optional.

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