Red in your photo, not so good

Well I took a bunch of photos at the play area with the kids yesterday, and learnt a valuable lesson. Red in you photo does not do well in an anaglyph. Take a look at the first photo, the slide is made from red plastic, and it does not look good in the anaglyph. But the second picture on the tire swing looks great (No red).

Shannon on RED slide
Shannon on RED slide
Shannon on tire swing

Shannon on tire swing

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Live in Dallas, Texas and have been taking 3D photographs for a little while. I started using a Realist film camera, but have just recently bought a Finepix Real 3D W3. You can check out some of my 1st attempts at
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3 Responses to Red in your photo, not so good

  1. Andy says:

    I myself have many photographs with the colour red in them! As your shot of Shannon on the slide indicates really well. Red really detracts from the 3D viewing experience when viewed as colour anaglyphs, very disconcerting, uncomfortable viewing. Unfortunately, even just the tiniest piece of mid to bright red in a shot can detract from an otherwise good picture.

    I’ve got a couple of examples that can be viewed as colour anaglyphs from my recent trip to Madrid. The first one, (dscf_0422) the guy’s T shirt in the background is rather distracting because of the red and in the second link (dscf_0472) just the tiniest piece of red in beer pump sign is enough to detract from the whole picture.
    Madrid dscf 0422
    Madrid dscf 0472

    Of course these things could probably be sorted out in photo editing software (photoshop etc.), altering the colour or darkening the red sufficiently so as to make it work.
    Actually, it was one of the primary reasons I chose to start making all my anaglyphs black & white to avoid this frustrating problem (I also like the arty feel to black and white allowing for more focus on the composition). However this will not stop me from my endeavour to achieve a great full colour anaglyph one day! :-)

    Dave, thanks for posting the slide picture it illustrates the problem very well.

  2. I am pleased the “RED” observation has been made. New to 3d photography I thought it was me. I am finding a range of neutrol colurs works best. My other problem is some fringing around highlights.

    • Andy says:

      We should have a prize for the first person to get red working in a colour anaglyph. Of course the rest of the colours should work too or they’d be little point in the exercise. Thanks for posting Ken. Please post some of your 3D photos for us to see.

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