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Oct162018

Ability to Create and Share 3D Photos Coming to Facebook and in VR

Facebook has begun rolling out a new ability to create and share 3D photos technology that works by capturing the distance between the subject in the foreground and background.

Capturing 3D photos need a dual-lens camera smartphone to work. Users first have to take a photo in portrait mode then they can share the photo in the Facebook mobile app by selecting the “3D Photo” option.

Anyone can view 3D photos in their News Feed, as well as in the VR with an Oculus browser on Oculus Go or on Oculus Rift using Firefox browser.

When viewing photos, users can scroll, pan, and tilt their device to see the photo in 3D, like looking through a window.

Facebook offers the following advice when sharing 3D photos:

Create Layers

3D Photos use the depth maps with “Portrait” photos. For best results, a distance for three to four feet between the main subject is needed.

Facebook recommends capturing scenes with multiple layers with having something in the background and in the foreground.

Keep Contrast

The 3D effect will be more effective when a subject of the photo has contrasting colors.

For example, it would not be effective if the subject wearing a blue shirt in front of a blue wall.

Use Texture

For best results, Facebook advises that subjects should have texture, solid edges, and are not too shiny.

And, that user must avoid transparent objects like clear plastic or glass because they are not always captured accurately by depth sensors.

Here’s a look at the how to create and share 3D photos video:

Some tips and tricks for becoming a 3D photo pro and selecting scenes that will pop in 3D:

Facebook has launched the ability to see 3D photos in News Feed and in VR today, while the creating and sharing 3D photos will become available to everyone in the “coming weeks.”

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