I picked up an old Stereo Realist camera on ebay a while back and finally developed my first roll of film today. Â Yep, I developed the film all by myself and didn’t fry it. Â Took a little bit of a refresher course in the chemicals and dilution ratios, took a deep breath and popped open the canister post-final rinse. Â It worked. Â Beautifully.
Now, with dry film in hand, I sat down with my Windows 7 machine and trusty old Canon Canoscan 8400f. Â The two have been having a disagreement (Scanner is TWAIN and Windows 7 is really primarily WIA, two differet protocols for image aquisition), but I finally managed to get things rolling after downloading the TWAIN plug-in for Photoshop (it’s not standard anymore). Â Your scan driver/software should have a way to allow you to specify the size of the negative and to turn off any auto-correction (exposure, tone, sharpness, etc). Ideally, every scan should be exactly the same, straight from the negative. Then there was finding software for the 3d stereo vision setup. Â The one most peple use, apparently, is StereoPhoto Maker. Â Free to download, and the installation/set-up instructions are pretty straight forward. Â The instructions tell you to also download something called AutoPano. Â The version they tell you to download doesn’t comply with Windows 7, or at least it doesn’t right now. Â However, AutoPano Pro is available here, found via google search and works perfectly. Â You just have to plug in the path to the .exe file in StereoPhoto under Edit/Preferences/Adjustment. Â I found it best to make sure my left and right images are both about the way I want them (cropped, adjusted, etc) before importing them into StereoPhoto. Â Then let StereoPhoto run Auto Alignment, go into Edit/Add Fuzzy Border (turn the fuzz down to zero for a plain border), and File/Save Stereo Image. Â VOILA! Â Just cross your eyes a little (or look down at your nose) and allow a third image to appear between the two images and come into focus. Â That image should be in 3d!
It’s been really fun going through the stereo images and now I can’t wait to go back out and burn through another roll! Â Click Here to view my Stereo Realist set on flickr.