Amanda and Justin are some of our past favorite clients. We met Amanda while working for the Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders. Later when we became engaged to Justin, they used us for their engagement and wedding photography. Of course that were part of the last group of couples before we stopped shooting weddings.
Since this is our last year in Maryland before we move to Tennessee, we reached out to a handful of our bigger clients and offered them one last session for free as a thank-you to them from us. Amanda and Justin were the first to jump on the offer since it was a great opportunity to capture the newest member of their family; a rescued black lab named Nikki.
We kept everything simply and used a little park area in their neighborhood. It was beautiful and gave us plenty of options. It also gave me a chance to play a little with some video clips. This involved having them walk back and forth a few times, or just sitting and playing together. These I’ll mix with photos into a final slideshow.
As always, Amanda and Justin make my job easy, giving me lots of fun photos to show off. We have also discussed an additional fitness photo session to be done later as well possibly. If so, then they’ll rock those too!
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How to Convert Images to 3D
Most of you have seen my gallery of images that I converted to 3D from a single image. Even if you haven’t been able to look at them with 3D glasses, you know that they’re there. If not, definitely go check them out.
I was inspired to do this after learning about and acquiring a couple copies of the 3D magazine World’s Most Beautiful (or WMB). I first learned about this magazine in an article in one of my Professional Photographer magazines when they were doing an article on photographer Nick Saglimbeni. He was the photographer for the Kardashian’s and has since created his own high end true 3D camera, along with a very elaborate post production system for handling the files. To see the imagery is very mind-blowing. I highly recommend checking his work out, whether the magazine or his website.
I wish I could say that he is reproducing and selling his camera, but unfortunately not. But that’s ok. An animation friend and I decided to explore the current Photoshop techniques for converting a single image into a 3D image and found a couple to play with. We then did some various test shots of a little action figure using different aperture settings and camera positions, making careful notes of each.
The first technique we tried involved taking two pictures, one from each eye, and then combining them in Photoshop using some kind of warping and skewing moves. I don’t remember the specifics, but you can look them up if you’re interested. The second technique is what we decided we liked best, but that was our preference. It makes use of the displacement filter in Photoshop. And this is the technique that I’m going to share with you as it’s also the one I used on all of my 3D images.
1. Select an image with a structural background. Images with only sky behind them don’t show the effects very well, and so are not worth the time. But a subject in front of a building jumps out at you.
2. Once you select your image (a jpeg version hopefully), open it in Photoshop and then save it out as a PSD file and include “displacement” in the file name.
3. This is where the art and the science become integrated. You have to look at the picture and think about what is in front of or behind of something else. An example is someone with their arms crossed. One arm is over the other arm, and both are over the chest. Each of these needs to be handles separately. So look at your image while putting your mouse of the New Blank Layer icon in your Layers panel and every time you identify one of these individual elements, click that icon. You’ll likely end up with a ton of them.
4. The trick is to remember that whatever is white shows up on top while whatever is black falls to the back. So create a layer that’s filled with black and take it to the bottom of your layer stack.
5. Select one of your black layers and then pick an element in your image (the face for example) and start painting it with white or black. You can also use gray if it’s in between. Continue this process till you have painted all of the elements. Be careful not to combine elements on a single layer. Also, be sure to rename your layers accordingly so you can easily find them later when you need to make adjustments.
a. Tip: From experience I have learned that it’s best to over paint to the left on each element in order to prevent awkward separating lines in the final product. Also, experience will tell you when is best to use a hard or soft brush. I find the soft brush is better majority of the time.
6. After you’re done, you should have a weird looking image of nothing but paint strokes of white, black, and various shades of gray. Save this when done and then reopen your original flatten image.
7. Open the Channels panel and select the Red channel, but then click the eye ball for the RGB channel. This way you see all channels but are only targeting (selecting) the red channel.
8. Then go to Filter/Distort/Displace. When the pop-up shows up, set vertical at zero and horizontal to -10. You should now see the typical color shift that is familiar with 3D images.
a. Note: The greater the negative number the greater the effect. Also, the resolution of the image will affect the amount you should use to get the desired look.
9. If you like the look, then you’re good to go. Just be sure and resave it as a 3D image so you don’t lose your original. But if it needs to be adjusted, then just under the filter, go back to your displacement file, makes adjustments and resave, and then redo the filter on your final image. Feel free to undo and redo the affect at different numbers to see the results of each as well.
But that’s it. That’s my big secret. Though it’s not a secret because we found it online ourselves. So I thought it worth sharing. I hope you enjoy.