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The Ten Commandments of Stereoscopy

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The Ten Commandments of Stereoscopy

  1. Thou shalt match your cameras to geometric perfection.
  2. Thou shalt limit your parallax according to thy screen's size.
  3. Thou shalt not covet shiny objects and strong contrasts.
  4. Let light flood thy entire stage.
  5. Thou shalt prefer the wide angle to the zoom.
  6. Thou shalt never let your camera remain motionless.
  7. Honor slow-take sequence shots above all others.
  8. Flee frame edges like the plague.
  9. Use out-of-the-screen effects wisely.
  10. Always check thy 3D shots most verily in 3D.

  11. Thou mayest yet transgress these rules one day with discernment.


This text was elaborated by the StereoscopyNews editor back in 1994, then revised and edited several times, the last one in 2010 after several stereographers were consulted, and consecutively exchanged contradictory opinions. We hope the text reflects the middle-of-the-road vision of what to do and what not to do when shooting 3D.

Comments invited. If you want to translate the document in another language, contact the editor; you are welcome!

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We are not alone with our "10 rules of stereoscopy": James Cameron has edicted "ten rules for good stereo" too.