3D Photo Thoughts & Tips After My First 24 Hours of Owning a 3D Camera (Fujifilm W3)

Here’s what I learned after my first 24 hours as a Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 (3D camera) owner.

1. FINGERS IN PHOTOS: It is easy to forget the W3 has two lenses. And, due to the way I normally hold point-and-shoot compact cameras, there are more than a few photos with a finger in front of the upper right corner of the photo taken with the right-side lens. I’ve had to relearn how to hold the camera on the edges without finger tips gripping the front.

2. GET A SPARE BATTERY: Since I don’t have a good external 3D display option yet, the best way to show the 3D photos and videos is on the camera’s glass-less 3D display. This also means battery drain. My battery drained in less than 24 hours after taking less than a 100 photos and videos (combined) with lots of playback. This should be expected. I should buy a second or even third spare battery.

3. LANDSCAPE ONLY: Due to the nature of 3D photography (two lenses), photos must be recorded in landscape mode. You have to fight the urge to tilt the camera 90 degrees to take photos of tall objects in portrait mode.

4. 3D PHOTOS REQUIRES RELEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY: 3D photos are a different animal than conventional 2D photos. Compositions that would not make any sense for a 2D photo are mandatory to bring out 3D-ness. Some photos that would considered boring in a 2D photo look great in 3D. Some shooting angles that work great in 2D are a disaster in 3D photos. I’ll work on defining what these means as I gain more experience with the W3.

5. NOT EVERYONE CAN SEE 3D IN THE LENTICULAR DISPLAY: There are a relatively small group of people who cannot see the 3D in the lenticular display on the back of the camera. If you encounter people who say they don’t see the 3D ask them if they’ve had issues with 3D movies or other 3D technology. Many people may have a hard time seeing 3D in the display. My advice to people is to hold the display parallel to an imaginary flat plane in front of their face. Basically, this means don’t tilt the camera while looking at a photo or video.

More tips, thoughts, and 3D opinions to come.