Shooting in 3D: Six photo tips to get you going

There are a number of "rules" that you should follow to ensure that you end up with a great photograph, but with the arrival of consumer 3D cameras from companies like Fujifilm, Panasonic, Aiptek and Sony, do you need to change the way you take photographs and are there a new range of rules to learn?

We sat down with professional photographer Mat Trim, who is Fujifilm's 3D consultant, to find out how to take fantastic 3D photos.

Distance is important

When it comes to shooting 3D pictures, you should make sure your main subject is at least 1.5m away from you, but closer than 200m. "It's the limitation of your eye", Trim explains to Pocket-lint. "Anything outside of these two distances won't work."

Change your viewing angle

You should try and shoot objects at a three quarters angle rather than straight on to emphasis the depth of the object and highlight the 3D element to your photograph. "Think about the objects you are snapping", suggests Trim. "Changing your point of view will create depth to your picture", More depth, means more 3D effect.

Always shoot in wide

That's right rather than zooming up close, when taking a picture to be viewed in 3D you want to shoot as wide as possible to get in as much information as possible.  Going close might make for a great picture, but it won't allow you to see any depth to your subjects. For 3D photos, you want that.

Introduce foreground objects

Whether it's a tree, a bush, or something random, to maximise the 3D effect you'll want to make sure there is something in the foreground of the shot to emphasise the 3D elements to your photograph.

Always shoot landscape

It might sound like a silly one, but 3D cameras can't shoot portrait thanks to the way the cameras are designed to replicate your eyes on your face. That means you've got to shoot landscape to get the 3D effect. Remember this now, to avoid disappointment when you get back home and realise you've only got 2D images captured.

Don't forget traditional rules

All these extra rules are valuable, but make sure you still follow the traditional rules to taking a good picture. That means stuff like the rule of thirds and leading lines to make sure you end up with some fantastic photos.

Good luck!



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