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Lighting Test 3 & Stereoscopy
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Oh, the things I manage to get myself into during winter break...



Okay, smarty britches, here you go. Not content to just gaze upon my awesome Lego skills, you have to find the glaring oversight in my lighting and let everyone else in on the secret! Thanks. I've addressed that in this picture.


Here you can see my simple lighting setup. The black bricks on the green plate make up a camera cradle that holds the camera perfectly in position relative to the subject to avoid blur. This is very important in dark pictures.


Overhead is a powerful LED flashlight filtering through a red guitar pick. Sometimes you just use what you have on hand. The transparent bricks hold it in position over the scene and free up my hands.


Behind is a simple two-headed LED reading light. You know, the kind that clamps onto your book cover. The one on the right is filtering through some trans blue bricks.


And this is the second stereoscopic 3D image on MOCpages using the "Cross-eyed" method. I can't believe someone beat me to it, but this creation posted in 2009 was the first. The effect doesn't seem to work quite properly, however, and I think that the images were placed backwards.

At any rate, in order to see this image in 3D, you'll need to look at the image and slowly relax your eyes and cross them. Try to make the pictures line up in the middle. If you get it right, the image will become clear and will appear in 3D. If you're having trouble, try out this video: it may help you understand the effect. This doesn't work for everyone, so if you can't get it to work, tough luck. ;)



Comments

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  October 5, 2011
I like the idea this is very nice and very well done!!! I like it! Can you come see my u-boat?
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  August 20, 2011
Quoting Stormbringer . I've been looking at a bunch of mocs that show you the tricks of good photography and lighting. But the optical illusion that gives off a 3D feel? I never knew this was possible! Are both of the images the same, or is one out of focus? Still, this is incredible!
You take two pictures. Focus your camera on one area and take a picture, then move it about an inch to one side and angle the camera so that it's still pointing at the same area and take the second. It helps if you have a highly visible small object in your scene that you can precisely center both pictures on. Line the pictures up next to each other. When placing them next to each other, try them on one side, then the other to figure out which way gives the 3D effect. If the pictures are in the wrong order, they'll still line up, but it will look funky and not give proper 3D.
 I like it 
  August 18, 2011
I've been looking at a bunch of mocs that show you the tricks of good photography and lighting. But the optical illusion that gives off a 3D feel? I never knew this was possible! Are both of the images the same, or is one out of focus? Still, this is incredible!
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  January 18, 2011
Most impressive.
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  January 9, 2011
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Oh and that 3D effect is AWESOME!!! Do more!
I intend to include 3D pictures in all of my future MOCs (possibly excluding some scraps and other small stuff).
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  January 8, 2011
Oh and that 3D effect is AWESOME!!! Do more!
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  January 8, 2011
That looks stunning! Thanks for sharing your lighting set up. One of my favourite things to do is find new ways to combine lights and transparent pieces.
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  January 6, 2011
Nice lighting! Great work.
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting Bartosz k the lighting is awesome! the 3D thing doesn't work for me. also, how do you do the quoting thing like in the comment before me? :P
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 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
the lighting is awesome! the 3D thing doesn't work for me. also, how do you do the quoting thing like in the comment before me? :P
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting affliction . Although I've never been able to get this type of 3D effect to work for me, I love the lighting setup. The effect is great, although I have to ignore that pesky shadow being cast by the flame.
Oh really?! :P We'll see about that! I've added a picture with the shadow removed. One of the easiest things I've edited. I don't know why I didn't think to do it before, so thanks for bringing it up.
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting Jeff Fauble I sometimes have difficulty viewing if the 3D is too extreme, so I went for a shallower angle. Besides that, I felt that it would be slightly unrealistic to have high depth in a creation only eight studs deep. Now if I were to take a 3D picture of a large diorama I would use a much greater spread.
You aren't kidding... I just tried a bit of stereoscopy myself, and it's hard to produce well, even with a tripod. Great work on pulling it off here.
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting W. Mark The 3D is a little shallow, at least to me, but it's there.
I sometimes have difficulty viewing if the 3D is too extreme, so I went for a shallower angle. Besides that, I felt that it would be slightly unrealistic to have high depth in a creation only eight studs deep. Now if I were to take a 3D picture of a large diorama I would use a much greater spread.
  January 5, 2011
Cool! If anyone else is having trouble seeing the effect, try placing one end of a flat, opaque solid object - such as a clipboard - between your eyes and line up the end with the split in the pictures. Focus on the end of the object and the images should start to merge... try to look at the image "between" the two images of the object you should be seeing. If you succeed, you'll see the effect. As a bonus, I was able to see the effect unaided after a few times using a clipboard. The 3D is a little shallow, at least to me, but it's there. Cool work, Fauble!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Very nice! I like how you showed us how you did those awesome lighting effects
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  January 5, 2011
Those are some solidly cool effects. I'm very much into photography and I am certain I am going to use one or more of these techniques in the future. Now for some reading lights...
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  January 5, 2011
Yeah, you were right. I didn't even notice my browser was set to 110% zoom. Once I went back to 100%, the image fit fine and the effect worked that much better.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
That 3D is hardout :) Awesome work! ~Thoy
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting Lee Hardwick Love the lighting effects, going to have to try that one myself, as for the 3D, thats great, but how do you do it?
I've been working on a series of tutorials for taking good pictures and editing them, and am planning to create a short tutorial on 3D images as well, so stay tuned.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Neat!
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  January 5, 2011
Love the lighting effects, going to have to try that one myself, as for the 3D, thats great, but how do you do it?
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting Ludgonious . At first, I was wondering if you were just trying to get me to stare at my screen cross eyed for twenty minutes, but I did eventually get a partial effect. It's hard because the full image doesn't fit on my screen once it is blown to full size. Oh well, cool lighting either way.
Yeah, I'm working on a laptop here, and it's a bit too big for my screen as well. However, your browser should automatically shrink the image to fit the screen. If not, you could try zooming out as most modern browsers support that option.
 I made it 
  January 5, 2011
Quoting 17 - Chief Andreas Lendeckel The lighting is really cool and relatively simple, too. I'm still working on the crossed-eyes method. I manage to see 3 images, but one in the middle is blurred, too.
Yeah, that's where I had trouble at first. Try not to focus too hard and instead just hold the third image there. If the image is level and the pictures line up right, it should eventually become clear on it's own. Try moving closer or farther as well, because many people have an optimal viewing distance.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Although I've never been able to get this type of 3D effect to work for me, I love the lighting setup. The effect is great, although I have to ignore that pesky shadow being cast by the flame.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
The lighting is really cool and relatively simple, too. I'm still working on the crossed-eyes method. I manage to see 3 images, but one in the middle is blurred, too.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Excellent tips Jeff! I can't believe that I never thought of trans bricks to hold up the bloody flashlight....shessh. Now I need to try it!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Great ideas!
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  January 5, 2011
Cool, I couldn't get the full 3D effect, but the scene itself is good.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
At first, I was wondering if you were just trying to get me to stare at my screen cross eyed for twenty minutes, but I did eventually get a partial effect. It's hard because the full image doesn't fit on my screen once it is blown to full size. Oh well, cool lighting either way.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Great. I could see the 3D at once. Very good stuff.
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  January 5, 2011
Sure, but did you do anything productive over your break? =P ~H
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  January 5, 2011
Nice, I like the aquarium effect, light filtering though transblue... great job
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor I tried extremely hard to see it in 3D....but I'm watching a movie that has Christina Ricci running around naked and it's very hard to concentrate. That and I'm drunk. Such is the life of a pirate! Excellent lighting skills my friend....I envy your patience!
Sometimes I wonder how you ever manage to get anything done. ;) What if I promised that if you learned the secret to seeing in 3D it would also work on said movie? (Not that I'd be telling the truth, but I bet it would motivate the likes of you.)
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
I tried extremely hard to see it in 3D....but I'm watching a movie that has Christina Ricci running around naked and it's very hard to concentrate. That and I'm drunk. Such is the life of a pirate! Excellent lighting skills my friend....I envy your patience!
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting aabbee 150 wow i wish i had the tools to make something like this
You probably already have them. A few small flashlights and a little know-how will take you far. There was nothing too complicated about the setup here. The 3D image was easy enough to create, and didn't require any fancy editing.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
The stereoscopy is pretty amazing. I guess I will have to give it a try myself.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
Cool 3D effect. It took me a moment to get it right, but worked a treat!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2011
wow i wish i had the tools to make something like this
 
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