Various Ways to View 3D

Michael Schiller shows the world different ways to view 3D.


There are many different formats for viewing 3D images. You need to plan the format best for your intended usage. On this site we primarily use red/cyan Anaglyph: cinemas use polarized glasses, and kids use Viewmasters for viewing parallel side by side images arranged on a disk.

Here is Michael and his clones trying out a few different viewing options. Michael has made a website that on the fly converts original side by side format images on the web into different viewing formats. He runs the site for free and has given the internet stereophotography community a very useful tool.

As technology advances, we can expect to see even more ways to view 3D. A current desire is to leave glasses behind and develop new and better autostereoscopic displays that require nothing but your naked eyes to see 3D. Certainly, handheld devices are moving quickly to these solutions as they have the advantage of a very predictable single person viewpoint and viewing distance which lets the optics be optimized for a great 3D effect. The Fuji 3D camera and Nintendo 3DS game system are early examples of this exciting development in viewing options. For 3D tvs the challenge is more difficult with multiple viewers at different distances and angles, but expect some innovative thinking to deliver glasses free 3D in that scenario soon.

3D viewing formats being used today:

  • Side by side parallel (can be viewed freely with no glasses or with classic side by side viewers like viewmaster or modern ones by Loreo and Cyclopital)
  • Side by side cross (can be viewed freely with no glasses by crossing your eyes gently)
  • Anaglyph red/cyan
  • Anaglyph red/blue
  • Anaglyph blue/amber (color code)
  • Anaglyph green/magenta
  • Wiggle 3D (no glasses needed – try it here)
  • Polarized linear
  • Polarized circular
  • 3D TV Shutter Glasses
  • Lenticular prints
  • Lenticular screen (autostereoscopic – no glasses needed)
  • Parallax barrier (autostereoscopic – no glasses needed)

View a few of Michael’s favorite images below on this page.

You can also enjoy more of Michael’s photos on Flickr:

About Michael “Schillr” Schiller

I live in Essen, Germany near the World Cultural Heritage “Zeche Zollverein”

I have been into 3-D Photography since 2005. I always wanted to keep my memories in more than just two dimensions. 3-D photos let me take a more realistic journey back in time when watching them again after some time. It is very interesting for me to “walk” around in my images and my memories.

I am using two Sony DSC-V3 cameras synchronised with a lanc shepherd pro system which allows me to shoot photos in sync with an external flash. For more spontaneous photos I use a Fuji Real 3D camera with good results.

I have programmed a Website that connects to the Flickr API and reads out all 3-D images from Flickr to show them in the output format you can view best: It does not matter, if the input format is a parallel view picture or a cross view picture. You could choose the following output modes: wiggle, cross viewing, parallel viewing, color optimized anaglyph mode (recommends red/cyan glasses) or mono mode.






3 Responses to Various Ways to View 3D

  1. Bravo Michael Schiller,
    your ‘Schiller’ site or system is really something, thanks for it!
    I enjoy your sample pictures and particularly the top composite very much.
    So nice to see your portrait too.

  2. Ansgar says:

    Nice post and “bravo” from Germany too! Let me just say that I am glad Michael stays CFO of our company Trafo2 in spite of the perspective of making millions and millions developping exciting new features for 😉 – great work and I still can´t figure how he finds the time to do all this 3D stuff…


  3. Michael has been a much valued asset to the world-wide 3D stereo community! Thanks to him for his contributions and efforts allowing us to enjoy 3D in a more convenient manner.

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