For many user who use Adobe’s Photoshop software, the “Content Aware Fill” tool has been a welcome addition in their arsenals of retouching tools. And while the vast majority of Photoshop users are editing 2D imagery, a partnership between Adobe and Brigham Young University has produced algorithms that’ll do with 3D images what Content Aware Fill does with 2D images.
BYU grad student Joel Howard and professor Bryan Morse worked with Adobe’s Scott Cohen and Brian Price to make the algorithm a reality. Adobe also provided funding for the project.
3D pictures are a pair of images of the same subject taken from slightly different angles. It is extremely difficult to edit them in a manner that won’t be distracting in the final version. “If you try to show it stereoscopically and it’s not quite right, it’s very bothersome to the eyes,” says Bryan Morse. “You have to fill the space in a way that preserves the left-right consistency.” Read more…
Over the course of your comings and goings on the internet, you’ve probably spotted at least a few of those mind-bending GIFs that loop perspectives rather than a snippet of time.
Well, it turns out that making them yourself isn’t that difficult, just as long as you have a 3D camera and some time at your disposal. And in the how-to video above, The Creators Project enlists the help of half the Mr. GIF team, Mark Portillo, to show you just how easy it is. Read more…
One of Samsung’s big reveals at CES 2013 is its new 2D/3D lens, which can be paired with the new NX300 to capture true 3D photographs and video using a single lens and a single sensor. When you’re feeling like switching back to 2D, a convenient switch on the side of the lens turns it into an ordinary camera lens. Read more…
Olympus and Panasonic might be cofounders of the Micro Four Thirds movement, but the companies appear to be taking different approaches toward 3D photography. While Panasonic offers a special 3D lens that contains two lenses, a newly discovered Olympus patent shows an even more novel approach: adding a second lens to a camera via its hot shoe. Simply stick the lens on and turn your camera sideways to transform it into a stereoscopic 3D camera!
This morning Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy announced the 3d Shot Camera, a simple toy camera that lets kids shoot 3D stereoscopic photos, print them out, and view them using special fold-up viewer. All that is pretty cool and dandy, but now comes some of the downsides: the camera costs $70, and only weighs in at 0.3 megapixels. Shucks.
About a year after launching the first mainstream stereoscopic digital camera, the FinePix Real 3D W1, Fujifilm has just announced its successor: the FinePix Real 3D W3. This new camera boasts 720p video recording, allowing you to film your own low-budget version of Avatar at home. The camera has two 10-megapixel sensors spaced 2.9 inches apart, and a special 3D screen that allows you to view your photos and videos in 3D without special glasses. Of course, when you’re sick of playing James Cameron, you can always switch back to 2D mode for traditional snapping.
The two lenses and sensors also allows for upgraded 2D photography: advanced 2D modes allow you to snap two different photographs at the same time. The two photos can have different focal lengths, different colors, and different ISO values. This means you can take zoom and wide angle photos simultaneously, or capture motion blur and sharp images at the same time as well.
Priced at $500, it’s also $100 cheaper than its predecessor. The W3 will be available starting September.