Omote 3D is a new “photo booth” that has popped up in the Harajuku district of Tokyo Japan. A project by creative studio PARTY, the booth differs from any other portrait studio you’ll find on Earth: instead of producing 2D portrait photos, it turns subjects’ images into small 3D figurines.
We really enjoy DIY projects for photographers, and as such we’ve featured everything from the ultra simple to complex light-painting robots. But what excites us about Instructables‘ DIY tilt-shift adapter isn’t just the durable plunger adapter you end up with, but rather the idea that one could manufacture their own camera accessories with a little bit of design skill and a 3D printer (check out Shapeways if you don’t have one sitting around).
For this particular project you’ll need a camera, an extra lens, some digital calipers, 3D design software like 123D, and access to a 3D printer or 3D printing service. After that just follow the steps in this video and you can wind up with results like the ones you see below. Read more…
Casio is showing off a crazy 2D to 3D conversion service at CES that turns ordinary photographs into three-dimensional sculptures. The service takes a photograph, calculates depth using some fancy technology, and then prints out the result using a proprietary 3D printer. The examples they’re showing off aren’t too flattering though — the dog and cat sample photos were turned into sculptures that look like transdimensional taxidermy.
Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Liszewski/Gizmodo
Want a super simple macro lens for your phone without shelling out big bucks? You can use 3D printing to assemble your own! Shapeways user Lens42 has created a 3D model for a slide-on iPhone lens — all you need to do is have the 3D model printed for $11 and to attach a $4 glass lens from Surplus Shed (part number L4471) using some superglue. If you have something other than an iPhone but know your way around 3D modeling programs, you make some measurements yourself and have a custom 3D model printed.
3D Printed iPhone slide on Macro Lens [3DFuture]
Miniature Moments is a new service that uses 3D printing to turn photographs into 3D resin “miniatures”. The small passport photo-sized creations measure 46mm x 37mm, and don’t look very impressive until they’re held up to light. Once it’s illuminated from behind, then it turns into a highly detailed photograph that resembles developed film.