Create amazing 3D images with your iPhone camera
There are plenty of image-sharing apps around, but Seene offers a unique angle – literally – on mobile photography. Using just the standard camera on your iPhone (4S or later), this clever software can capture 3D photos, known as ‘seenes’, that can be looked around by tilting your device to see the various angles. Viewing one of these images for the first time is quite startling as there’s a real wow factor, and yet the 3D capture process is remarkably simple.
Just tap the app’s Camera icon and then scour the view for a subject superimposed with lots of green dots. Now press the Record button and a four-sector graphic will appear on screen. It then requires a steady hand as you move the camera smoothly and slowly up, down, left and right around the subject to turn each sector green. Move too suddenly and an error message will appear, asking you to restart. Once all four sectors have turned green, you’ve captured all the required angles and the ‘seene’ is saved. It can then be shared via Seene itself (you need to create an account to use the app), Facebook and/or Twitter. Each seene also has a URL that can be pasted into an email or message and seenes can be viewed via WebGL-enabled desktop browsers.
While capturing a ‘seene’ is easy enough, it does take a bit of practice to get really good results. Textured or patterned items seem to work best – it doesn’t usually work so well with plain or reflective ones – and they need to be kept very still during the capture process, which is probably why the Seene user’s gallery has so many pictures of sleeping pets! Also, it’s best if the subject is placed in front of a plain background – patterned fabrics or floors tend to get distorted.
While only a very limited range of angles is captured – you can’t see at all far around an object – the 3D effect is impressive and you’ll find yourself compelled to capture lots more seenes to share with others.
A unique app that, with practice, can be used to make some truly startling 3D images.
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