Facebook has added a new feature that allows you to post 3D versions of your portrait mode photos that all your family and friends can view on their smartphones, computers and virtual reality glasses. These new 3D photos add a whole new dimension to your images with movement and more depth.
There were other ways to post interactive photos on Facebook, so the idea of moving images in your Facebook news feed is not entirely new
First, there were 360-degree photos that you could create on your smartphone with a special camera or with a 360-degree mobile app or panoramic mode; Then you would post them as normal photos on Facebook. Secondly, a special "360 Photo" mode has been added to the mobile Facebook app, which allows you to create and place a 3D-like image without leaving Facebook.
The new "3D photo & # 39; s" method is probably the most popular since you can upload all portrait mode photos you've already taken on your smartphone.
From now on, only iPhone models with "Portrait mode" are compatible with 3D photos on Facebook, so all subsequent smartphones work. Unfortunately, although the iPhone X R supports the portrait mode, it only has one rear camera lens, which is enough to prevent Facebook's 3D photos & # 39; s function used.
Some Android phones can also take advantage of 3D photos on Facebook, but these phones also require dual-back cameras and a portrait-mode-like recording option. Like the Apple version, some use the "Portrait Mode" term, while others have the "Live Focus" or "Lens Blur" functions. The list of supported devices now includes:
Hopefully, other Android devices work because Samsung and Google are not the only OEMs with a portait-like mode. There is for example the Honor 7X, Moto X4, OnePlus 5T and Huawei Mate 1
Post 3D photo & # 39; s on Facebook
While Facebook announced this feature during its F8 developer conference in May 2018, it only started rolling out to mobile users from October 2018. If you cannot follow the instructions below, it is likely because Facebook has not added support for your specific smartphone.
To add one of your photos in portrait mode on Facebook as a 3D photo, first check if you are using the latest version of Facebook on Android or iOS. Then start creating a Facebook message as you normally would.
Then tap "3D photo" in the list of actions below. If you don't see it, swipe up the list to see all the actions, and you should see "3D photo" between the options – tap it. If you do not immediately see the list, tap the "3D" button at the bottom to open it and select it.
An album with all supported portrait mode photos & # 39; s in it is opened. Choose the photo that you want to use. If the photo has been edited before, you will get a warning saying "A 3D photo cannot be taken. Try selecting another photo in portrait mode that has not been edited."
After selecting a photo, Facebook will automatically build the 3D photo version and you will see it on the next screen. Here you can move your smartphone to see the 3D effect, to ensure that it looks good. If it looks good, select "Next". If this is not the case, go back and select another image.
After you click "Next", you will be returned to your message where you can continue to view the 3D effect before you place it. You can also click on the & # 39; X & # 39; press the photo to delete it if you have changed your mind.
View 3D photos & # 39; s on Facebook
When you or someone else places a 3D photo, it is labeled as a 3D photo in the post. For example, it says "Name of person has added a 3D photo" by the user's profile image. When you scroll up and down your feed, you also notice that the photo moves together and gives away the 3D status.
As soon as you see one, tilt your device back and forth to see more depth around the portrait subject, whether it is a human, a pet or an object. Tap the image to expand it to fill the screen.
You will soon notice that not all of your portraits look good as 3D photos on Facebook. To make sure yours looks better, follow some of the tips below, which generally help you take better portrait photos.
- Place your main subject at a distance of at least three meters from your telephone.
- Capture scenes with at least three depth layers: foreground, your subject and background.
- Don't let your subject merge with the background – use contrasting colors to make them stand out and therefore jump in 3D.
- Make sure the subject has some texture, because it doesn't stand out that much.
- Photograph subjects with solid edges, so there is a clear line between other depth layers.
- Avoid glossy objects that can
- Avoid transparent objects, such as glass or plastic, that can deceive depth sensors.
- Avoid added effects, such as scene lighting. The portrait lighting mode on iPhones can also work against you.
- Avoid mono-style lighting that overpowers all colors, making 3D photos stand out.