The 39th National Stereoscopic Association Convention
June 4-10, 2013   •   Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme, MI 49610


NSA Workshops are not available anywhere else! See demonstrations on creating stereo images, including phantograms, stereo cards, anaglyphs, etc. and discussions on software and hardware. There is no extra charge; all of this is included with your convention registration. Each NSA convention has a unique selection of workshops, which will be posted here as they are confirmed.

Special Interest Groups

Sometimes called by the acronym SIG or "Birds of a Feather" meetings, these meetings are an opportunity to discuss various aspects of 3D with other individuals with similar interest. The meetings range from informal discussions to formal meetings. All registered attendees of the convention are welcome to attend any session. Meetings are 50 minutes (unless otherwise scheduled). Workshops and SIGs are 50 minutes: the last 10 minutes is for tear-down/ setup for the next one.

Time Wednesday, June 5
2 p.m. Macro 3D with the Panasonic 3D lens, George Themelis
The Panasonic 3D lens with its 10mm spacing between the lenses is a perfect tool for macro 3d photography, after some simple modifications. This workshop will review the basic concepts and equipment needed for macro 3d photography. The focus will be on using the Panasonic 3D lens for macro 3d. We will explain what is involved in modifying the lens and show 3d pictures taken with this setup. Modified lenses will be available for sale at the trade show.
Workshop Notes
3 p.m. NSA, SSA, PSA, and ISU: What Are They and Do I Need Them?, Lee Pratt
A candid discussion of several 3D organizations: their similarities and differences, advantages, strengths, and weaknesses. Can they help me? How can they be improved?
4 p.m. How The Heck Did I Get Here?, John Waldsmith
A story of stereo view collecting -- the creation of NSA and the first NSA Conventions (now called 3D-Con). A lecture of Q&A without the need for 3D glasses.
Thursday, June 6
9 a.m.
GIMP: Free Photoshop-like Software, Eugene and Elizabeth Mitofsky
Gimp is a free software very similar to the full version of Photoshop. It will run on PC, Mac, and Linux and has many free plug-ins. The workshop will consist of an introduction to Gimp followed by focusing on its 3D and HDR capabilities.
10 a.m. Improving your Digital 3D Images with Post Processing, George Themelis
After you have taken a 3d picture there is a lot of room for improvement, by: 1) Cropping, 2) Adjusting the stereo window, 3) Adjusting brightness, contrast, color saturation. This workshop is aimed mainly for beginners who want to improve the presentation of their 3d pictures in digital projection and do better in competitions. There will be plenty of examples of "before" and "after" pictures highlighting the improvements that are possible with post-processing.
Workshop Notes
11 a.m. iPad 3D Systems, Ron Labbe, Steve Berezin & Ken Burgess
Tablets (and phones) are getting more and more resolution and we're very excited about the potential for stereo viewing. We'll show several methods of how to setup and show on the iPad.
Friday, June 7
8 am. Hurrah for Hyper Stereos!, George Themelis
Hyperstereo photography appears to be declining and this is pity because now it is easier than ever to do it with digital cameras and software alignment. This workshop will discuss the equipment needed (it can be as simple as one 2d camera) and some of the finer points of the technique. Special techniques like hyperstereos from an airplane and Pole 3d hyperstereos will be discussed. Examples of hyperstereos will be shown in projection.
Workshop Notes
9 a.m. 3D Depth, William Moll
The effect of interocular spacing, focal length and cropping on real and perceived 3D depth will be illustrated with examples for a range of values used by currently available 3D cameras. This is a practical workshop, not a theoretical discussion..
10 a.m. Shooting and Processing Phantograms, Barry Rothstein
Phantograms are a powerful and compelling style of 3-D imagery. This workshop will address the concepts involved and demonstrate practical shooting and processing issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring digital mono or stereo cameras. New in this year's workshop will be a demonstration using a Cyclopital macro attachment on a Fuji W3, and processing a phantogram with StereoPhoto Maker.
Saturday, June 8
9 a.m. Compositing with Photoshop, Christopher Schneberger
Compositing, or photo compositing, is the technique -- art and craft -- of combining images to create a new image. With compositing, photography explicitly leaves the kingdom of capturing "what is really there" -- and becomes a new art form that uses photographs as input, grist for the mill of imaginative image creation.
10 a.m. Adventures In Digital View-Master, Lindel Salow
View Master reels are a fun and exciting way to share your love of stereo photography with friends and family. Most people are familiar with this iconic format (at least those of us over 40!).With the demise of Kodachrome, Fujichrome 50 as well as a host of other film types, making View Master reels has become somewhat more challenging although making and mounting your own reels is still not a dead art. Working with your Fuji Digital Stereo Camera or a twinned digital system it is still quite possible to make and create new Personal Reels using your digital images, StereoPhotoMaker, Photoshop and a film recorder. This workshop will address the how and why of using digital images as well as the challenges and errors that one can encounter in making Digital View Master Reels.
11 a.m. "So, You Wanna Make Something in 3D?", Jeff Boller
Want to make 3D art at home? Join filmmaker/musician Jeff Boller from The Simple Carnival ( as he reveals the magic tricks behind making 3D (stereoscopic) art. This fun, high-energy workshop is appropriate for all ages, from 7 to adult. You'll learn how 3D works. You'll learn how to turn a regular 2D camera into a 3D camera. You'll participate in 3D photography demonstrations. You'll learn the science of 3D projection. You'll see how ordinary things like pencils, construction paper, and paint can be used to make sophisticated animated 3D cartoons. Prepare to be amazed...and to have fun!.
Sunday, June 9
9 a.m. Viewer Favorite Workshops to be repeated
To be announced
10 a.m. Viewer Favorite Workshops to be repeated
To be announced
11 a.m. Viewer Favorite Workshops to be repeated
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