17 Brilliant 3D Photographs, No Special TVs or Glasses Required

You don't need fancy plasmas or special shutter glasses to see 3D. All you need is a mental hack, showing two perspectives in quick succession. Here are the 17 entries to this week's 3D Shooting Challenge.


Winner: Payphone

I thought this challenge would be a great reason to dust off my Panasonic m4/3 3D lens and shoot some stereo. My latest obsession is payphones and thought that would be an excellent subject. This shot submitted was one 3D photo taken handheld and converted into two alternating frames. This is my first entry into a gizmodo challenge.
- Dan Marker-Moore

Micro Machine

I took this photo of an RC Reventón, lighting it up with a strong lamp real close to keep the background dark, and using a sheet of paper to diffuse it a little. I wanted to create a grungy look with the floor, kinda like an alley theme. Canon T2i, ISO 200, f/3.5, SS 1/30.
- Diego Ramírez

The World's Most 3D Violin

I was just playing around with my violin while reading Gizmodo (I know, its really hard). I saw this, and was like, might as well. Sony DSC-S930
ISO 800, F 2.4.
- Avin Abraham


Chocolate and the Steadfast Lint

I have experimenting with my sigma lens, when you flip it you can take macro shots and I find it so awesome. I forgot to take my D80 with me when i went for a walk, so instead I took a piece of chocolate, a l.e.d. lamp and i took some macro photos. Stuff I used: Nikon D80 with a flipped Sigma 28-300mm lens, ISO 400, 1/250
- Henrik Paales



Initially, I wanted to do this project outside but the weather has been so dreary out. There is a row of orchids on the windowsill of our home, and I thought they would make a beautiful shot. The settings I used were 1/125 of a second, f 5.3, at an ISO of 200 using an 18-55mm lens on my Nikon D40 on top of my tripod. My point of convergence was the violet orchid. I only used 2 frames to make the wiggle shot, and bumped up the exposure, saturation and contrast just a bit before the animation part. The length of the loop is about 1/2 of a frame long. I saved the file as 600 x 494, because the required dimensions distorted the image too much but I hope it's still acceptable.
- Stacy Repin


St. Elizabeth Seton

For this shooting challenge, I chose a statue of St. Elizabeth Seton as the subject. I made sure to include the trees in the image instead of shooting close to help add to the wiggle 3d effect. I also applied HDR to even out the lighting. Camera: Sony NEX-C3, 18-55mm lens, f/10, 1/50 sec, ISO 200.
- Joseph Torralba


A Horse at the Car Factory

When I saw this challenge come up I knew I had to take part and I knew what I wanted to do. Visit an abandonment. Since I live near Detroit which has many abandonments, I chose the massive Packard automobile factory. These buildings were built over 100 years ago and most are still standing in various levels of decay and collapse. Not bad for a place that has been largely unused since about 1958 and suffered Michigan winters and scrappers tearing the places apart. It probably is the largest abandoned industrial complex in the world.


In this scene I am standing on the top floor of building 92. Chunks of the roof have collapsed and have fallen down multiple floors. In the background is an old cemetary and way in the background is the skyline of downtown Detroit. What's with the horse head you might ask? It's for horsin around...duh.

As for the technical summary, I shot this on 3/23 using a Nikon D90. f/11, 1/80 sec, ISO 200, 18mm. I took 3 shots about 4 inches apart and each shot was bracketed 3 times for HDR for a total of 9 images. HDR was processed in Photomatix and I ran the resulting .tif files through Topaz Adjust in Photoshop CS 5.5. CS 5.5 was used to animate as well. To make the animation smoother, I duplicated the second frame and tacked it on to the end of the animation so there was less of a hard cut to the beginning. So the sequence runs 1,2,3,2 and repeats.
- Ken Janeczko



When I first saw the challenge I knew I wanted to shoot a macro (or as close as I can to macro without a proper macro lens) rather than a landscape. It took me 3 days spending a couple of hours a day to take this. I didn't anticipate how difficult it would be. I had to spray water on the leaves, wait for the perfect drop to form, wait for the wind to stop blowing (I curse you wind), take a few shots, move the camera over and take a few more before the drop of water fell or the wind blew again. I had shots ruined time and time again because I would get the first shot and then have even the slightest breeze blow shaking the water drop from the leaf before I could move the tripod over and line up for the second shot. D90, 18-200 VR, Shot at 105mm, 1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 200
- Bret Bushong


Rusty Wheel

This is part of a press on a Living History farm at the Lyndon B Johnson State Park in Stonewall, Texas. I was really out to take wildflower pictures - but this is the one I liked for the Wiggle challenge. f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO-200
- Karen Tarlow



These are the beautiful bulbs that bloomed after the rains last week.
The animation consists of two shots, with the horizon line adjusted slightly in Photoshop. I used the centerline of the stem as my pivot point because the animation felt more stilted when the base of the tulip pivoted around the head. I also used a 1/10'th second frame with the opacity knocked down to 20% to help the animation feel a bit more natural (hopefully). 70mm focal length using a Sony Alpha A55 with a tripod, f/18 apeture, 1/8 second exposure.
- Marvin Francois


Brick Rotation

I shot this photo at 1/4 sec at f/13 at 29mm focal length with the ISO at 100. I chose this because I had like the curved brick wall. I thought it would give the impression that the wall would be rotating around the sculpture.
- Katrina Giusti


Dancing Flowers

Spring is in full bloom in the northeast and I've been having lots of fun shooting the change in season. For this weeks challenge, I decided to make flowers dance using the wiggle effect. I followed the tutorial and took two photos a few inches apart, then used the animation settings in Photoshop to produce the wiggle. Canon EOS Digital Rebel, EF 50mm lens — 1/800 exposure, f5.6.
- Jamie Babbitt



For this project I taped 2 Kodak disposable cameras together side by side, making sure that the lenses were about as far apart as my eyes were. Then the other night, I took my buddy Sam to the forest behind my house and shot him jumping off of stuff. It was tricky getting the shutters/flashes to fire at the same exact moment. This is the best one out of the bunch.
- Garrett Sullivan


Spring...in 3D!!

Spring is in the air, so on Saturday my friend and I decided to walk around DC where we saw some of the most beautiful flowers. I shot this with my Canon T3i with the following configuration: ISO 320, 60mm, f2.8, 1/500sec.
- Tracy MIller


Two Lawnchairs in Snow

Photos taken with my iPhone 4 and I used the GIF shop app to create the wiggle GIF. We had an unusual snow fall here in Portland last week. I looked down from the porch to see how it all affected our garden and I saw the two blue Adirondack chairs covered with snow and thought it would make a nice 3D wiggle.
- Anton Mogilevsky



I spent a couple hours just thinking about what I was going to shoot for this challenge. I had a lot of different ideas that just didn't pan out. A few weeks ago, I bought a piece of foam board covered in reflective prisms, in the hopes that I'd be able to use it as a backdrop for photos. I settled on using that backdrop for the first time with this image. I balanced a rubber ball with blinking LEDs on a red glass vase and took a couple 5 second exposures. The hard part was re-activating the ball between shots without moving it (it only blinks for about 10 seconds at a time and you have to shake it to get it to activate again). The distance between shots is maybe 2 inches because anything more resulted in a dizzying mess of an image. Taken with a Nikon D7000, Tamron 90mm Macro lens, ISO 100, f20-something, some minor edits made in Lightroom.
- Jason Hilt


King Duck

My fiance has a three-year-old girl and she loves rubber duckies — she has a HUGE blue one. For Valentine's Day, I bought her a big pack of Valentine's-colored ducks. She plays with them by having the big one boss the rest of 'em around. Like it's their leader. So I thought having all the little worker ducks surrounding the big one would make a cool stereoscopy shot. I used my iPhone 4 with a magnetic 2X Kodak telephoto lens clipped to a Pico Flex Table Dolly to make rotating around the ducks easier. There was no special lighting or setup beyond arranging the ducks. I put the animation together in Photoshop per the instructions in your link. Thanks. This was fun.
- Joshua Bowman


Fantastic entries this week, as everyone tried a technique that they probably had never attempted before. I still think there's a lot that can be done in the animated image space, that there's art we can squeeze out of some of these gimmicks. In the meantime, no gallery or flickr links—the full sizes of everything (a bit smaller by technical necessity) are above.


cult of greg

This is the second time Giz has snub my entry into one of the challenges. First time was a year ago for the cellphone photo contest. I sent it while I was in China so I blamed a technical error, but I was in PA this time. I sent it in on time and honestly worked kind hard on it. I built a dual iPhone rig and everything. Yes it may be a little large, but I specified that if it were too large that I would be more than happy to shrink it. This was fair because they did not specify a specific acceptable size, just that it cant be too large. It works fine on Tumblr, which I checked before submitting, so I thought the size would be fine.

I'm sorry for being so hurt about this and ranting, I know its stupid, but shit it kind of sucks when a girl you love throws away your art work. No matter how bad it is.