In May, during the F8 developer conference, Facebook announced its new feature of 3D photos on its virtual reality portal. This feature is viewable on apps, PCs and VR glasses such as Oculus Go. 3D photos can be processed from photos taken in portrait mode directly from your smartphone. The company says the ability to create and share 3 dimensional photos will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
Facebook in their blog post added “Today we’re starting to roll out 3D photos. A new way to share your memories, moments in time with a fun, lifelike dimension in News Feed and VR,”. The company also added, “With technology that captures the distance between the subject in the foreground and the background, 3D photos bring scenes to life with depth and movement,”
Facebook is constantly in search of ways to keep the News Feed interesting. It all began initially with text and photos eventually expanded into videos and live broadcasts. Now we have reached 360-degree photos and 3D photos. Facebook uses the portrait mode to display your 2D photos in 3D. It basically acquires the depth information between the subject in the foreground and the background. It uses AI to stitch together real-layers of photos to form what should be there if you tilted your perspective. However, portrait mode fires off both of a phone’s cameras simultaneously. The depth can be used to recreate what’s behind the subject.
Facebook’s 3D Photos, is compatible iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, iPhone X, XS and XS Max. According to The Verge, a “3D Photo” feature will also come to Android-powered flagship smartphones. The ones featuring a dual-camera setup on the back such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and LG V35. But at the moment, the feature is not available on those devices. Also, there is no mention of support for Google’s dual-pixel Portrait mode photos captured with the Pixel line.
How to create a 3D photo on Facebook
To post a 3D photo on the famous social network, just follow these simple steps:
- Take a picture in portrait mode with your compatible smartphone.
- Create a new post on Facebook.
- In the list of functions in which there are activities, stickers, GIF, check-in (and more) from today you will find the item 3D Photo.
- Choose the photo, select the Share button and Facebook will take care of the rest!
- To ensure this feature works right, your subject should be 3 or 4 feet away. Capture your photo’s subject with contrasting colors (avoid wearing a blue colored shirt in front of a blue wall).