The 38th National Stereoscopic Association Convention
3D-Con
July 25th-30th, 2012   •   Hilton, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WORKSHOPS and SIGs

Workshops are 50 minutes: the last 10 minutes is for tear-down/ setup for the next one. All Workshops will be held in Balboa Bay I & II, except one, which is noted. SIG Meetings (3D Special Interest Groups) will be held across the hall in Emerald Bay II & III.
WORKSHOPS
Time/Room Thursday, July 26
8 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Perspectives on 3-D Composition, Felix Russo
The objects of 3-D photography are three-dimensional forms. A better understanding of the properties of three-dimensional forms will go a long way in helping us take better 3-D images. The elements of stereo composition will be demonstrated with examples from historical and contemporary 3-D photography.
9 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
A Beginner's Guide to StereoPhoto Maker, David Starkman
SPM is the quintessential free program for just about anything you might want to do in 3D. David Starkman is the author of it's most famous guide, beginnersspmguideillustrated_fujiw1_v3.pdf. Learn a workflow for 3D photography using the program everyone uses.
10 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Simple Improvements to Your Stereo Images for Competition, Oliver Dean
LA3DClub's Competition Chairman, Oliver Dean, shows us how to take your images to the next level with tools such as SPM, Photoshop, and others. Learn to use layers; levels (histogram); replace color and colorize; color balance; hue/saturation; brightness/contrast; selection by magic wand, lasso, polygonal lasso, magnetic lasso; shadow/highlight feature, and other helpful functions to perfect your 3D images for public presentation.
11 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Making High Quality Stereo Images while Hiking and Backpacking, David Lee
David Lee has been making stereo images while hiking and backpacking for over 25 years. He will discuss what he has learned about the techniques of hiking and backpacking, including choices of equipment (with an emphasis on light weight), and other considerations such as what to wear and eat while in the wilderness. In addition, he will discuss the types of camera equipment that he has found most useful for high quality images without adding too much weight.
1 p.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Making Stereocards the Easy Way, David Kuntz
Stereo cards are a great way to share your digitally captured 3-D images with others, and, using StereoPhoto Maker, they're easier to produce than ever before. This workshop covers the entire stereo card production process from photography, through artwork creation in SPM, and all way through to printing and mounting your cards.
2 p.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Making Phantograms, Barry Rothstein
Phantograms are one of the most intriguing forms of 3-D imagery. Learn to shoot and process photographic phantograms. In this workshop you're encouraged to bring a stereo camera setup, or even just a single digital camera. You'll be able to shoot an example phantogram (to process later on your own) and see how they're processed. Come learn from the master, Barry Rothstein, who's books include Eye-Popping 3D Bugs, Eye-Popping 3D Pets, Pop-Up 3D, Phantograms from Nature, Western USA, Microcosmo 3D.
Time/Room Friday, July 27
8 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Big Ideas, Small Budgets the Fuji W3, Frank Elmore
Inexpensive 3D video production with an emphasis on the FujiFilm W3 3D camera. A 3D music video shot entirely with the Fuji W3 will be screened accompanied by a 5 minute "making of" video. Q&A discussion to follow.
9 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
3D Editing with Magix and the Fuji W3, Frank Elmore
Tutorial on the basics of Magix 3D editing capabilities with W3 video files. Movie Edit Pro PLUS from MAGIX began offering this option in 2010, and quickly progressed into a popular affordable 3D editing platform. http://www.magix.com/ca/create-3d/
10 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 for Stereoscopic 3D, Doug Betzold
Demonstration of the functions features in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 for Stereoscopic 3D image editing. Since he discovered the Nvidia 3D Vision system, Doug immediately started using it for creating stereoscopic 3D images and has since seen his work awarded a number of times. (He is nominated 1 of 6 finalists for the "3D Photographer of the Year" by the World Photography Organization).
11 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Alioscopy trigger in Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Auto-Stereoscopic 3D Display, Pia Maffei and Doug Betzold
Doug Betzold, nominated 1 of 6 finalists for the "3D Photographer of the Year" by the World Photography Organization, and Pia Maffei, COO of Alioscopy USA, Inc, team up to dazzle you with the most advanced 3D lenticular technology to date. As more and more digital imaging artists create content in stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic 3D, Alioscopy offers a unique patented process for generating 8-view images for viewing and play-back on auto-stereoscopic 3D HD LCD displays. Adobe and Alioscopy just announced (May 7, 2012) their partnership with the integration of Alioscopy, by using an auto-stereoscopic 3D multi-view algorithm, as a new feature in Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended software. Pia will present information on the glasses-free 3D multi-view technology and her Alioscopy company while Doug simultaneously demos the features inside Photoshop CS6 that support the Alioscopy platform. You will be immersed in lentcular heaven with a full illustration of how this is done in both software and hardware. See how anyone with a 3D camera will be able to upload two-view images to Photoshop and convert it to multi-view (8-view) for display on an Alioscopy auto-stereoscopic 3D screen (currently available 21", 24", 42", and 47" configurations). This is sure to be a unique experience presented from both the perspective of a 3D photographer and cutting edge 3D company. http://www.alioscopyusa.com/adobe-photoshop-trigger/
1 p.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Lenticulars - How to Make Them, David Burder
No longer is Lenticular production a Black Art. Adobe Photoshop and digital photography enable anyone to have a go, even if all they have is a regular one lens camera. Burder explains it all, complete with anecdotes. With over 30 years experience as a Professional Stereo Photographer, David Burder, FRPS, has had to develop all sorts of 3D techniques to satisfy his clients. Regarding lenticulars, in the early days, there was no Adobe Photoshop, so lenticular pictures had to be mastered by hand, under an enlarger. So Burder developed and built his own Burdlo Lenticular cameras, jigs and techniques, as well as making his own lenticular screens. It was a unique education into learning how the lenticular process works. 135 million lenticulars later, yet he is still learning. Today, making lenticulars is a piece of cake, and David's hands on workshop shows us just how to do it.
1 p.m.
Emerald Bay II & III
Comic Worlds in 3D: The Making Of Safety Geeks SVI, Tom Konkle, Brittney Powell, David Beeler
Running concurrently across the hallway in Emerald Bay Rooms II & III
An overview of the making of a surreal comic live action comedy television pilot in 3D. From 2D composite beginnings to final 3D release the concept, process and execution of a live action 3D show on a shoestring with the Yabazam release Safety Geeks 3D . A nuts and bolts look and making a world that's nuts and stereoscopic.
2 p.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
New Professional Dual lens Eng style cameras: Panasonic 3DP1, Sony TD300, and Panasonic Z10000, Bruce Austin
From Production through Post Production: How to use these cameras in a production environment. How to work with a fixed I/A - From 44 mm to 65 mm. How to compose shots on long telephoto shot but still maintain a sense of 3D in the scene. How to Post using the new Edius 6.5 to edit all the above cameras in a timely and professional manner. All 3 cameras will be available for hands-on experience. Edius 6.5 post will be demonstrated using footage that Bruce has shot over the last 6 months using these awesome cameras. http://www.bapi.com/
3 p.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Restore and Color your B&W Stereo Images on your PC, David Richardson
This workshop will demonstrate methods to repair damage to vintage stereos and then hand tint them using Photoshop (or similar program) to produce a realistic color stereo card from a black and white original. "From the dawn of the photograph until the advent of practical color photography, images were hand-painted to add the color that was missing in the early photographic processes. This lost art has been admirably revived by Civil War In 3d in their meticulous tinting of stereo views of the Civil War." Bob Zeller (President of the Center for Civil War Photography) on David Richardon's work.
Time/Room Saturday, July 28
8 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
Holography & Stereoscopy - Relations and Differences, Al Razutis
See Al's 3D laser-illuminated holograms on display and learn about holographic and stereoscopic imaging theory. 3D imaging display techniques will be examined and compared in real time on-site displays of laser transmission and reflection holograms and stereoscopic still images. This workshop evaluates both mediums in relation and difference and as viewed from a 3D artist's perspective.
9 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
3D and Comedy A Panel Discussion Exploring New Dimensions in Funny, Tom Konkle, Brittney Powell, David Beeler
How can we best use the z-axis to impact comedy? What is the new vocabulary that can emerge aound the use of 3D as it is applied to comedy? As 3D more closely reflects our reality, how can 3D be used by film makers to heighten danger, character, physical comedy/slapstick and bring more "funny"? Moderated by George Taweel who has moderated 3D panels for The Academy with a deep abiding passion for comedy, this panel will include the creators of the 3D comedy Safety Geeks: SVI
10 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
2D/3D Conversions: a 10 year perspective, Jim Long
"Jim Long's 3D conversions have consistantly received the highest possible scores in competition amongst discerning 3D judges for 10 straight years," Philip Steinman. Jim got started in conversions by attending Dan Shelley's 2002 NSA Workshop on the subject, which marked the beginning of a 10 year adventure in 2d/3d conversions. Many enjoyable images later, he still enjoys doing them. Many have been produced for commercial interests, but most have been done for the pleasure of seeing great 2d artwork converted to 3d. Come see the master present the 3D art of conversion.
11 a.m.
Balboa Bay I & II
KLUTHO's ZOO 3D with OMEGA3D system, Ron Labbe
Ron Labbe will present some images from David Klutho's upcoming book "Zoo 3D". It will be presented in stereo on a WHITE screen with the new Omega3D system. This system is similar to the Dolby/Infitec 3D system, but practically affordable. We'll pass out special glasses for the event (which need to be returned). The Omega 3D passive projection system is all the rage on the avsforum thread. Notable features: extinction level that far surpasses polarizing, no need for a silver screen, chromatic optical multiplexing system and not based on polarizing, Omega filter system uses ten bands making for more balanced color perception over the entire visible spectrum and yields more even energy balance than other chromatic filtering systems (Dolby uses only 3 bands).

Special Interest Groups

Sometimes called by the acronym SIG or "Birds of a Feather" meetings, these meetings are an opportunity to discuss various aspects of 3-D with other individuals with similar interest. The meetings range from informal discussions to formal meetings Please check the schedule or pocket guide for meeting times and places. All members of the convention are welcome to attend any session.

Meetings are 50 minutes (unless otherwise scheduled): the last 10 minutes is for tear-down/ setup for the next one. All SIG Meetings will be held in Emerald Bay II & III rooms. The Workshops will be held directly across the hallway in Balboa Bay I & II rooms.
SIGs (Special Interest Groups, Formerly known as Birds of a Feather)
Time/Room Wednesday, July 25
6 p.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
First-Timers, Lawrence Kaufman
Is this your first 3D-Con or are you and old pro and want to mentor a newbie? If you are new to 3-D, stereo photography or NSA conventions this is a good place to come to find answers to your questions.
Time/Room Thursday, July 26
9 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
Medium Format (1st of 3 meetings), John Thurston and Boris Starosta
Medium Format Shooters - If you create medium format stereo views, or would like to talk to those who do. We'll be talking about challenges, techniques, tips, and hints. This free-for-all may involve image sharing or equipment show and tell; this is a tech & talk meeting.
10 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
3-D Movie Makers, CA John Hart
Interested in making 3-D movies or are you currently making 3-D movies. Come discuss with individuals who have made several Do-it-yourself (DIY) films.
11 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
APEC/DESC, Tom Dory
APEC (Amateur Photographic Exchange Club) and DESC are two groups dedicated to creating and exchanging stereo cards in both modern and traditional formats. Come and share your views or check out others.
1 p.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
View-Master, Mary Ann & Wolfgang Sell
History of View-Master Show: A special digital presentation prepared by Wolfgang and Mary Ann Sell. Meet other VM collectors and fans, enjoy the history of View-Master, get your questions answered and find out about the latest news in the View-Master world.
2:30 p.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
FujiFilm Cameras, Jim Calverley
Everyone's favorite 3-D digital camera, find out all about the Fujifilm W3 and W1 cameras from the expert.
Time/Room Friday, July 27
8 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
LA3D Club SIG Meeting,
The LA3D Club was founded in 1955 to promote the art, enjoyment and science of 3-D photography. The group meets twice a month. Check the 3-D News or la3dclub.com for updated information. Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month (August & December meetings are usually banquets) commencing at 7:30 PM. Meetings are usually held at the Pasadena Armory for the Arts. Plus the LA3D club has partnered with the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St. Los Angeles for monthly movie/video meetings. Visitors are always welcome.
9 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
Medium Format (2nd of 3 meetings), John Thurston and Boris Starosta
Medium Format Presentation - Join us in a viewing session with MF3D Folios. These folios represent approximately 40 original medium format slides from North American artists. The slides will be shared among the attendees in several hand viewers. Seating is limited and preference is given to those who are not currently participating in the folio.
2 p.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
Vintage, Ron Labbe
Sign up in advance or just drop by, bring a stereo-slide viewer and slides or enjoy other people's old images. This annual get-together has people sharing and selling stereo slides.
Time/Room Saturday, July 28
9 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
3D Center of Art & Photography, Ron Kriesel
A retrospective meeting on the history of the 3D Center of Portland, Oregon; plus an update on the current status. The 3D Center closed their store front on December 31, 2011. Assets are stored and continuing as a nonprofit entity with possibility of reopening while maintaining a web presence.
10 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
Medium Format (3rd of 3 meetings), John Thurston and Boris Starosta
MF 3D Speed Dating - If you make Medium Format Stereo Slides, please join this session and enjoy one hour of one-on-one meetings with other creative MF3D enthusiasts. Each participant will show a number of slides to each other participant for a minimum of three minutes meeting time, to ask questions, provide comments, and exchange contact information if desired. Each participant must bring a suitable stereoscope to show their images. There is no pre-registration, but the meeting will begin promptly with the attendees who have arrived on time. The meeting is limited to 18 participants (plus organizer Boris Starosta), first come, first served.
1 p.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
My3D Viewing Tools for iPhones and iPods, Oliver Dean & Glenn StokesĄ
How to Store and View 3-D Photos using an iPhone and a My3D Viewer. A meeting for those who use the My3D Viewer or other device to view 3-D images on their handheld devices or are interested in seeing how it is used.
Time/Room Sunday, July 28
9 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
Stereoscopic Society of America (SSA), Ray Zone and Les Gehman
The annual meeting of the SSA, the original American Postal Folio Exchange Group for Stereo Photography. The SSA promotes the art of stereoscopic photography by sponsoring stereoscopic image folios. SSA Members are encouraged to attend, other individuals interested in being a member or just want to know what the SSA does are welcome.
10:30 a.m.
Emerald Bay I & II
Stereo Sisters (NOT for women only), Shannon Benna, Sara Mora Ivicevich
Stereo Sisters is a point of convergence for women who work, live and love - in 3-D! Their focus is to synergize women in the 3-D industry by promoting mentorship, education, networking and community.

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