As a kid, I really enjoyed looking at my View-Master stereo images. Over the years there have been several versions of stereo cameras made and marketed. My goal with this project was to make an attachment which would turn any camera into a stereo capable camera.
By staring at the stereo pairs you will be able to merge the left and right images into a third virtual stereo image (between the other two). You can see the effect of three dimension on your computer monitor or you may print it out to show others. Some people may have difficulty or even be unable to do this! Those who can see it, will be amazed at how the images come to life! Good luck!
The equipment needed and method used to make such images
Note: This design is Copyright 2000 by James P. Riser. You are authorized to make one for your personal use; but none for sale.
The item that I designed and built for taking these stereo image pairs is a special camera mount which attaches between your camera and tripod. This mount allows the camera to shift position horizontally anywhere between 0.0" to 5" to create the necessary offset for the stereo images.
The image to the right shows the special camera mount attached to the tripod head.
The sliding pad is what carries the camera.
It is locked in by the brass thumb screw so that the pad and camera will not fall out.
Here you can see the pad slid into a center position.
And here the pad is slid to the other end of the mount.
Note: You may use whatever offset you desire within the mount range for creating your stereo pairs images.
This is the pad in fully extended position for mounting the camera.
This is a view of the underside of the special sliding camera mount showing the tripod fitting attached and the sliding pad extended out in position for attaching the camera to the pad.
This is a close-up of the underside of the pad in extended position. The thumb screw for mounting the camera may also be seen.
Tips for taking stereo pair images: