How to Compose a 3D photo

Before getting started on your 3D photography journey, you need to know the essentials—how to compose a 3D photo! We’re giving you insights from the experts at LucidPix to help guide how you take your photos when shooting in 3D. These experts have been working within the 3D technology industry for over four years and if you follow their tips and tricks, you’ll be able to improve your overall photography skills.

For more blog posts related to this topic, check out How to take the best 3D Photo!

Tip #1 Avoid hands over face

Make sure that your photo subject is clear of any distractions and this includes hands over the face! Although the picture below is super creative, the hand may not transfer well into 3D. We suggest using the picture to the right as an example!

Tip #2 More bokeh, the better

What is bokeh you might ask? Bokeh is a photography technique whereby the focus is placed on a particular subject and the space around it becomes blurred, depicted in the photo below. As well as it being visually appealing, it also translates well into 3D. To find out more about bokeh, check out this article that has some further explanations and examples. You can also check out our own blog post about bokeh.

Tip #3 Include the full subject in the frame

Take a look at the picture below for some inspiration. As you can see, the subject has plenty of space either side, above and below, which ensures that the individual remains within the frame. During the 3D transformation process, the artificial intelligence that determines depth in the photo tends to crop inwards. If your subject is too close to the edge of the photo, they may be cropped out by the AI in the 3D conversion process.

Tip #4 Avoid thin lines

When taking 3D pictures, it’s best to avoid thin lines. These might include wires or branches, as unfortunately, they don’t appear well and can sometimes ruin the 3D look of your image. The same goes for chain link fences or frizzy hair, as explained below.

Tip #5 Avoid transparent or reflective objects

In regular photography, transparent and reflective images are difficult to capture and master, and this is even more evident within 3D photography. Images such as the one below do not translate well to 3D, so we suggest taking picture of high contrast subjects so that the objects are clearly defined and easy for the AI to process.

Get inspired!

Looking for some sample photos? Need some Facebook pages to follow? Check out Best of LucidPix 3D photos and LucidPix 3D photos on Facebook! You can also head over to our Instagram @LucidPix to see some great 3D videos that we have created!