Getty Images, the leading photography agency, has announced that the upcoming Olympic Games is set to benefit from the 3D treatment thanks to a newly-developed SLR camera rig. The news has been confirmed by Ken Mainardis, Getty Images Senior Director of Editorial Photography, who told ComputerWorld Australia that the incredible photographs are made possible thanks to two standard digital SLR Pro cameras mounted on the rig.
"The rig which the cameras sit on has to be in perfect alignment to be able to imitate the human eye to create two files which are than overlapped in post-production to form the 3D image," he commented.
Mr Mainardis explained that there is a distinct difference in how professional photographers capture 2D and 3D images. "With 3D," she said, "it's all about objects moving back to front so busy backgrounds, which are the enemy of 2D photography, become essential to the 3D photographer. That's because a messy background makes the 3D image look really interesting for viewers."
The 3D camera rig was first used during the Royal Wedding in 2011 and Getty was clearly pleased with the results. Mr Mainardis said that the marriage of William and Kate provided them with a useful trial run.
"We learnt about the different way of shooting events in 3D and the post production where the separate files are put together," he said. Getty photographers have, in fact, been learning the new techniques for the last 18 months.