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3D photos are coming to Facebook, and you can shoot them

Traditional photos too mundane for you? If you’re a Facebook user, you can now post 3D photos to your News Feed if you have the required hardware.

The feature allows you to transform and share your photos by making them move to give a life-like feel, taking specific advantage of the spate of dual-camera smartphones.

“You just take a photo in Portrait mode using your compatible dual-lens smartphone, then share as a 3D photo on Facebook where you can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photo in realistic 3D”, the company explained in a blog post.

The social network also suggested how best to take these images, if you’re lucky enough to have the right smartphone.

  • Take close range pictures with depth of field – what you’re shooting shouldn’t be flat or two-dimensional in real life.
  • Take pictures with deep contrast – colours that stand out from each other.
  • Focus on objects with texture – another way to have some added depth.

Though the feature is rolling out to compatible devices slowly, Facebook states that everyone will already be able to view 3D photos on News Feed no matter the smartphone.

“You can also view 3D photos in VR using the Oculus Browser on Oculus Go or Firefox on Oculus Rift”, it noted.

Feature image: Facebook

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