Instructions for Viewing Stereo Photos

Viewing the stereo photos at their best requires a skill called "free viewing." Below are instructions for two different ways to "free view" the photos. If you are a "parallel viewer" then you will want to go to the parallel pages. If you prefer to view with the "crossed eye" method then you will want to go to the "crossed eye" pages. Crossed eye" stereos will be larger to start with and give you clearer, more detailed pictures when viewed 3-dimensionally. If you don't know, then try the parallel method first. If you have been able to view the computer 3-D artwork in the past, parallel free-viewing is essentially the same method. 
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HOW TO: Stare at center black division and let your eyes relax (look "behind" the photo). With a little practice, you will be able to fuse the two photos into one and see the picture in "3-D." You will feel like your eyes are looking beyond the images at first. Your "focal point" will be "behind" the image. When you're finally able to view the 3-D image you may notice the two original images off to the sides (don't look at them!!). This imaging is a lot easier to bring into focus than the 3-D computer artwork that has been so popular in the past decade. Once you are practiced at this, you will be able to view the 3-D effect anywhere from 8 inches to 3 feet or more away from the screen. HOW TO: For this method, your focal point for viewing image will be in FRONT of the image. The easiest way to establish this focal point is to hold your finger or a pencil or other pointed object (not responsible for your misuse) in front of your eyes about 8 inches (20cm). Stare at the tip with the image in the background. As your eyes become accustomed to keeping track of the point, you will start to notice the background stereo pictures to merge together forming a third picture (some people may see 4 images at first - keep trying) The middle image will appear in 3-D. When you are comfortable viewing the images in this fashion, you will notice that you can "look" at various points in the image. The advantage of this method over parallel viewing is that you can look at larger stereos and get more detail. Stereos set up for "crossed eye" viewing are positioned in the reverse order from the normal, old-fashioned parallel viewed stereos. You will not get the proper effect if you look at a parallel photo using the crossed eye method. Have patience - both methods work. Thunderbird ETC...

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