3D-Con 2017

Last week I attended 3D-Con in Irvine. Besides the military grade conference badge holder (so many pockets!), registration loot included anaglyph and polarized glasses plus a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. I was pleased to learn how to make stereocards from David Kuntz and how to use PhotoStereo Maker from David Starkman, Steve Berezin and David Kuntz. There is a corresponding Android app called 3DSteroid. Lots of handy tools for creating and viewing 3D images. I also attended a workshop by Ted Whitten on converting 2D to 3D images as well as watched phantograms being made by Barry Rothstein.

There was a gallery that included an mural/installation by Debi Cable using chromadepth glasses. More about her work here. Also in the gallery space was a collection of stereographic & 3D history from Eric Kurland. He has been working to build 3-D SPACE: The Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education. Beyond his personal enthusiasm and work in 3-D, Kurland has inherited the entire collection from the now closed 3-D Center for Art and Photography in Portland.

There were many vendors presenting VR headsets, viewers and cameras. One that caught my eye was the Lucidcam, a relatively affordable stereo video camera. While 3D cameras and cellphone cameras ebb and flow, we are almost at a tipping point of average consumer adoption or VR. The iphone was released 10 years ago and many people thought they’d never want or need one. Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous in 2017. Especially with large companies like Facebook integrating VR into their platforms, I think VR has the same potential in becoming mainstream.

phantograms being made by Barry Rothstein

Phantograms being made by Barry Rothstein

Cromadepth installation by Debi Cable

Cromadepth installation by Debi Cable

Eric Kurland shows off an interactive 3D hologram prototype.

Eric Kurland shows off an interactive 3D hologram prototype.

 

Don’t Blink, Summer’s Gone

Summer flew by fast! Here are a few things I’ve been up to:

June – August 2016 A quick 10 week Summer Session, classes on Information Architecture and Information Professions. Here’s a project I did for the Information Professions course: Museum Information Professionals Essential Skills

August 15, 2016 at Laguna College of Art + Design, I presented on Viewing Stereographs with Your Smartphone at Endless Images: A SoCal Summer Program. A one day mini-conference organized by members of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), Society of CA Archivists (SCA), and Art Libraries Society of North America Southern California Chapter (ARLIS/SC).

August 2016 Fall Session began, taking classes on Digital Asset Management and Digital Curation.

September 28, 2016 at Western Museum Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, I presented on Visitor Photography in the Age of Open Content.

October 2016 I’m published in the VRA Bulletin writing about Stereographs on Your Smartphone.