Workshops and SIGs (Special Interest Groups)

Workshops are 50 minute informative and educational sessions given by Convention attendees on a variety of 3D topics, followed by Q&A. Workshops are open to all registered attendees.
Special Interest Group meetings (aka "Birds of a Feather") are groups of enthusiasts getting together to discuss particular topics of interest such as 3D on Social Media, Virtual Reality, View-Master, and stereo cards. SIGs are open to all registered attendees.


Wednesday August 3rd


3D Phones and Tablets

8:30AM - 9:50AM PDT
Presenter: Andrea Shetley


3D Stereoscopy and the Art of Puppetry

10:00AM - 10:50AM PDT
Presenter: Steven Widerman

The Tetrahedron Marionette will be used to illustrate a 2D to 3D conversion and back, demonstrating the special relationship between the ancient art of Puppetry and modern 3D video capture. Explanation and discussion of the technological breakthrough on how Puppetry is filmed, creating a new content niche. The challenges of creating and distributing 3D video will also be addressed. Cameras are welcome. Group discussion and Q & A.


Medium Format

11:00AM - 11:50AM PDT
Presenter: Ian Andvaag


Creating 3D Magic With Volumetric Displays

11:00AM - 11:50AM PDT
Presenter: Michael Becker

Using consumer-grade volumetric displays like the Looking Glass Portrait and the Leia Lume Pad and game development tools like Unity or Unreal Engine, artists and creators are better equipped than ever before to create stunning, interactive 3D art. This hands-on workshop will cover the common tools to choose from, various technical and artistic aspects of developing experiences for 3D displays.


Thursday August 4th


Point and Shoot Phantograms of Dogs and Kids

8:00AM - 8:50AM PDT
Presenter: Barry Rothstein

Good point-and-shoot phantograms of live subjects aren't particularly hard to achieve. This workshop will discuss shooting them and how to process them in Photoshop and StereoPhoto Maker.


Processing 3D Video

9:00AM - 9:50AM PDT
Presenter: John Hart

This workshop focusses on processing stereoscopic video using the Vegas Pro editing program. Topics include: 3D Import, Synchronization, Registration (alignment) with Keyframes, Nonlinear editing, Special effects (KenBurns, Stabilization, Slow-Motion), and Export (for 3DTV, computers, tablets and projection). This should give attendees an introduction on how to make great movies from your video clips and/or stills.


Hands-On: Build Your Own Cameraphone Mirror Rig

10:00AM - 10:50AM PDT
Presenter: Gordon Au

With cheap parts available online, you can assemble a fully-functional catadioptric rig (mirror rig) for your cameraphone or comparable camera, and take beautiful macro stereos, stereovideos, and more. For this workshop, you can order the components yourself and bring them (see worldofdepth.com), and we’ll assemble and calibrate it; or, try your cameraphone in a sample rig provided. Then we’ll go over how to process mirror stereos into SBS stereopairs and anaglyphs, using StereoPhoto Maker and other programs.


Looking at the new 3D Camera EGO

11:00AM - 11:50AM PDT
Presenter: Eugene Mitofsky

I will be showing the new 3D camera, Kandao's QooCam EGO and displaying photos taken with the new camera. We can also show other people's photos taken with the EGO.
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Saturday August 6th


Getting More from StereoPhoto Maker

8:00AM - 8:50AM PDT
Presenter: David Kuntz

Learn how to use some of the many great features in Masuji Suto's amazing, free StereoPhoto Maker software that you might not be familiar with. This includes distortion correction, the grid feature, and the capabilities for quickly preparing images for the Looking Glass Portrait display.


Adobe Lightroom Classic for Stereo Photographers

9:00AM - 9:50AM PDT
Presenter: Christopher Schneberger

This workshop will teach the basics of Adobe Lightroom Classic and how the software can be used for organizing, renaming, and editing stereo pairs. We will cover importing, the Library module, and the Develop module.


Phone 3D

10:00AM - 10:50AM PDT
Presenter: George Themelis

We will discuss how to shoot 3D pictures with your cell phone.
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Making Small (4 by 3”) Stereo Cards, and YOUR 3D Ideas

11:00AM - 11:50AM PDT
Presenter: Jim Olsen

I send 3D side-by-sides from SPM to Walgreens. Using their fun photo machine, I create 4x6 collages, each with 4 stereo pairs. I cut once and view them with inexpensive translucent viewers. A computer can be used instead of the photo machine. Details are on my flyer. The last half of the hour—3D ideas from anyone! If you want to share, bring a few copies of a flyer about it and a 5-minute talk if you wish. or come by my hotel room Thursday or Friday.


Crafting Creative 3D Videos From Eclectic Sources

12:00PM - 12:50PM PDT
Presenter: Maximus Clarke

See how the music video for Maxx Klaxon's "From The Air" was made, and in the process, learn how to combine a variety of material — including stereoscopic still images and video clips, digital 3D models, and "found 3D" derived from 2D footage — to create your own surreal 3D video compositions.


Sunday August 7th


Unusual Perspective in 3D

10:00AM - 10:50AM PDT
Presenter: George Themelis

This program explores unusual ways to hold the camera and take pictures. These include: Camera pointed directly up/down, camera tilted, lower perspective, higher perspective. We will explore these situations with examples and address the challenges and tools that help make these pictures easier to take.
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Looking at the new 3D Camera EGO

11:00AM - 11:50AM PDT
Presenter: Eugene Mitofsky

I will be showing the new 3D camera, Kandao's QooCam EGO and displaying photos taken with the new camera. We can also show other people's photos taken with the EGO.


Getting More from StereoPhoto Maker

12:00PM - 12:50PM PDT
Presenter: David Kuntz

Learn how to use some of the many great features in Masuji Suto's amazing, free StereoPhoto Maker software that you might not be familiar with. This includes distortion correction, the grid feature, and the capabilities for quickly preparing images for the Looking Glass Portrait display.


Presenters


Gordon Au
Gordon Au
Gordon is an avid 3D experimenter, whose recent favorite topics have included artificial intelligence, animation, depth maps, and catadioptric stereos. He has presented workshops and moderated Special Interest Groups for previous 3D-Cons, and his work and tutorials can be viewed on WorldOfDepth.com

Michael Becker
Michael Becker
Michael Becker is an artist and developer based in the Pacific Northwest. His work focuses on the intersection of immersive technology, music and fine arts. You can find out more about Michael's work at https://www.michaelybecker.com www.michaelybecker.com

Maximus Clarke
Maximus Clarke
Maximus Clarke is a multimedia artist and 3D photographer based in New York City. His stereographic and video works have been featured in exhibitions at the Warhol Museum, the Center for the Holographic Arts, the Chennai Photo Biennale, and elsewhere. Some claim that he bears an uncanny resemblance to electropop musician and aspiring dictator Maxx Klaxon.

John Hart
John Hart
John is a retired professor of Atmospheric Science at CU Boulder. He first got interested in stereo photography and film-making in 1998 when his initial efforts focused on adventure sports like canyoneering, rock climbing, and white-water kayaking. He has worked on sub-microsecond flash photography of bullets and splashes, stereo-microscopy, motion-art of fractals, and time-lapse stereoscopic videos of the Milky Way and violent storms. His recent 3D interests are POV model railroad videography, filming restored steam locomotives in action, and maintaining and operating his own garden railroad.

David Kuntz
David Kuntz
David Kuntz started in 3D photography with a Stereo Realist camera in 1978, and has been an active member of the LA 3D Club (Stereo Club of Southern California) since 1980. Today, he shoots digital 3D with a variety of twin camera rigs. His work, which has won numerous awards in international competitions, often involves digitally manipulated and computer generated imagery. He's also an avid stereo card maker and participates in several of the Stereoscopic Society of America (SSA) print folios. In addition, David is the NSA Treasurer.

Jim Olsen
Jim Olsen
I'm a retired teacher, a member of Cascade Stereoscopic Club. I've loved 3D since I was a kid. About 30 years ago, I found out, thanks to the NSA and our club, that I could make my own 3D photos …and art! I've attended 7 or so of the wonderful NSA conventions, and I led workshops about 3D drawing with carbon paper. I love sharing my love of 3D by giving away anaglyph glasses, with instructions about images on the Internet..

Eugene Mitofsky
Eugene Mitofsky">
SSA card exhibition coordinator, Photographic Society of America 3D Division Star Ratings Director.

Barry Rothstein
Barry Rothstein
A member of the NSA and LA3dClub, and stereo over-achiever since 2004. Addicted to producing photographic phantograms. Published six books, four self-published, two with Chronicle Books.

Christopher Schneberger
Christopher Schneberger
Christopher Schneberger is a photographer in Chicago. Exhibitions include: Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles; Dorsky Projects in New York City; Geocarto International in Hong Kong; and Blank Wall Gallery in Athens. His work is in the collections of: The Art Institute of Chicago; the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia; and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum in Evanston, Illinois. He is Assistant Professor of photography and Gallery Director at Vincennes University. He has taught at The School of the Art Institute, and Columbia College Chicago. He has curated numerous exhibitions of photography including Heirloom, Bending the Truth, Realms, This Particular Patch, and Re:Place. He has been a presenter at the Society for Photographic Education's Midwest and Southeast conferences, and has been a visiting artist at Iowa State University, Indiana University, Kendall College of Art, and Western Michigan University. BFA, University of Florida, MFA, Indiana University.

George Themelis
George Themelis
George Themelis (DrT) discovered stereo photography with a Stereo Realist and joined NSA in 1988. In 1997 he co-founded the Ohio Stereo Photographic Society (OSPS) in Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys writing Tutorials as the Editor of the OSPS newsletter "Stereogram" since 1997 and he is the Editor of ISU's "Stereoscopy." He repairs and sells stereo equipment and supplies at drt3d.com and ebay. He also takes plenty of stereo pictures and participates in stereo competitions worldwide. His favorite subjects are nature, people and travel. His equipment includes the Fuji W3 camera, Panasonic 3D1, Kandao QooCam EGO, Panasonic 3D lens, and a variety of twin cameras. Some of the techniques he uses are Macro / close-ups, hyperstereos, telestereophotography and flash photography.

Steven Widerman
Steven Widerman
Steven Widerman is Artistic Director of The Puppet Company, a Chicago-based performing company that produces puppet theater for children and their families. He has been involved in the application of Puppetry to entertainment, education, industry and advertising. With the assistance of artists, woodcarvers, painters and costumers, he has designed and built a remarkable variety of more than 400 puppets. The Puppet Company owned and operated a puppet theater from 1988 to 1998, at Union Square in Manhattan. He is now promoting awareness of the unique advantages of filming puppets with 3D cameras. He has trademarked the name PuppetVid3D® to codify special techniques for creating content. Additionally, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of the worldwide organization of puppeteers.