Hitesh Gusani (37) had always been a huge photography buff, like many others. Until he discovered a new, extra dimension that changed the effect his photos had.
Ten years back he chanced upon 3D images on the web, and was inspired. “I’d never dreamt of taking images in anaglyph form! This opened up an entirely new vista,” he says. He set up a studio to begin his career in 3D photography, and six years ago, a website dedicated to 3D photographs.
“I had two Kodak KB10 cameras, which I used together with the help of an aluminium stand.
Everywhere I went, I’d have two cameras with me,” he says. Even his first pair of 3D glasses were handmade using cellophane paper. Since the result wasn’t good, Gusani found out the raw material to make them and constructed a pair at home. “Then the entire world fell into place, just as it was!” he says.
Gusani says the technique is easy -- you take two digital cameras of the same make, place them side by side and fire them at the same time. The resultant images are then worked on using open-source applications such as Photoshop or Gimp. “3D pictures are made using details from two different images -- one for each eye. The colours are then merged to bring out the 3D effect,” he says.
However, the 3D glasses given out in theatres won’t work to view images. “Those are meant only for viewing pictures in the polaroid format, which normal TV screens and do not support,” he says. Almost all 3D photographers use red and cyan colours. Apart from these, there’s also magenta and green, which isn’t so common.
Gusani says red-cyan is for home use, and tutors all his students to use them. However, he does not conduct private classes. “ I have workshops in the city or classes in a school. By the end of a four-hour session, people are enamoured with the technology,” he says.