The 43rd National Stereoscopic Association Convention

2017 3D-Con & ISU Congress

August 8-14, 2017 • Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center • Irvine, CA


A selection of planned workshops and SIGs. Most are 50 minutes, some will be longer. We are looking for more entrants. Please propose one using this form:  

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. Subject to change.

Meetings are 50 minutes (unless otherwise scheduled): the last 10 minutes is for tear-down/ setup for the next one.

First-Timers, Scott Ressler - 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.
SSA, David Kuntz - 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.
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.
LA3D Club SIG Meeting, John Hart of California - 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 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.
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.
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.
Medium Format Shooters, Linda Nygren - 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.
Smartphone, Andrea Shetley - For viewing stereo images using your smartphone. Non-Immersive
VR - For viewing and taking 3D VR images. Immersive.
Phantograms, Barry Rothstein - Networking for Phantogram Makers
Lenticular DIY, Michael Brown - For lenticular makers and people interested in making their own lenticulars. This is separate from his workshop.

Planned Workshops

Stereo Photo Maker - Beginner David Starkman
Stereo Photo Maker - Intermediate David Kuntz, Steve Berezin
A reprise of last year's exciting workshop which showed all the hidden tricks of stereo photo maker.
3D Video Editing using Sony Vegas and Magix
Steve Berezin and others will give an introduction workshop on these video editing programs and there features for 3D video.
DIY Lenticular
Michael Brown will show how to make high quality lenticulars using your own equipment.
Available Consumer Level VR Cameras
Many new cameras are coming out for use with VR viewers. Users who have these will have an opportunity to share them with other users and interested people.
Google Cardboard Today
This will be a sharing session where people will talk about and present their Google Cardboard viewers. We are hoping Bill Moll will facilitate this meeting.
2D to 3D Conversions, Ted Whitten - Ted will share some of his secrets for 3D conversions. These include grayscale techniques and other special tricks.
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.
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.
3d Adobe Aftereffects, Pad McLaughlin
Pad who has done a lot of work on many exciting 3D shows will be presenting his method using Adobe Aftereffects.
Coloring Stereocards, David Richardson
David Richardson famous for his colorization of Civil War stereoviews will show us his methods for his stunning work.
Using the ViewMaster Database, Ryan Dumont and Dalia Miller -- Ryan Dumont and Dalia Miller will present the ViewMaster Data Base to the members of NSA. The format is a demonstration of the DB with questions afterwards. This VM database is a free database which will be live before the convention. The purpose of the workshop is to familiarize the user with all the features of the database and introduce the uploading features, which will be available after the convention.
Using Flash in Stereo, Dr. T
Electronic flash has is a useful source of extra light under low available light situations, but it is also used to improve outdoor lighting, balance ambient light, freeze motion, darken the background, and generally control the light. In this workshop we will explain the basic principles of electronic flash photography and the special challenges in using electronic flash with 1) single camera stereo 2) the Fuji stereo camera, 3) twin digital cameras. We will also discuss different flash units and special techniques, like bounce flash, stroboscopic flash, multiple flash, etc.
Using Different Lenses in Stereo, Dr. T
The lens, once the king of the photographic process, has been relegated to second class citizen with today's digital cameras. Many stereo photographers do not know, or care, what the focal length or aperture of their lenses is. In this workshop we will discuss the role of the lens in stereo photography, and stereo photography using lenses of extreme focal length (fisheye, telephoto) and also fast lenses (lenses with large maximum aperture).
Stereo Composition, Dr. T
Have you ever wondered why some photographs are more appealing than others? Using modern cameras today almost everyone can take sharp & well-exposed pictures. With a little care one can have a good depth range and produce a technically good stereo picture. But it can be a picture that lacks interest or appeal. Having a good subject matter helps, and so does having good composition. Good composition, i.e. arrangement of the different elements in a photograph in a way that is pleasing to the eye, can improve even ordinary subjects. This will be the subject of this workshop.

PARALLEL View. Change to Cross View

A packed workshop at 3D-Con 2012 for "Alioscopy Trigger in Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Auto-stereoscopic 3D Display" by Pia Maffei and Doug Betzold. Stereo by John Dennis.

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