While it's fun to go out and take photos, it is equally important to find a practical way of displaying your images for viewing pleasure. This is no problem at all for normal 2D photography - photo frames, photo albums, computers and TV screens offer plenty of variety. However, viewing stereo (or 3D) images is a different ball game altogether, and is something that has perplexed the 3D world for around a century and a half.
Briefly, a stereo photo consists of two individual images usually taken through a pair of lenses separated by about the distance between your eyes (approx 60 to 75mm, although this may vary considerably depending on the type of camera and subject). The trick for viewing in 3D is to allow the right eye to view the right image only, and the left eye to view only the left image. Sounds easy enough! But in practice, it poses plenty of challenges. Take for example the current wave of 3D TV's on the market - each person still needs to have a suitable set of 3D glasses to be able to watch the programme.
The easiest method of viewing stereo photos is to use a stereoscope or stereo viewer. That's fine if you have the original photos and a suitable viewer. Obviously, that approach won't work on a website like this one, so other practical (but less effective) methods need to be adopted, as follows:
Anaglyph images (note that you will need a pair of red-cyan glasses)
Single (or 2D) image taken from one of the stereo pairs. (This of course eliminates the 3D aspect completely, but at least it allows you to see a normal 2D view of the photo if all other methods fail).
Each gallery contains some hints for the respective method to help you with viewing the photos.
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