You can make View-Master-style photo reels with Image3D
Big news, lovers of all things retro: Those 3-D View-Masters from your childhood are back, only this time you can see your own photos when you look through the eyepiece.
Click. There's your dog. Click. There's your kid. Click. There are your party pictures.
This personalized nostalgic experience is brought to you by Image3D, a company founded by Rich Dubnow, the lead photographer for View-Master for 20 years. Image3D has been around since 1997, and it started allowing users to create their own individual images a few months ago. It will begin advertising its new service on the wedding website TheKnot.com and in the Sky Mall catalog next year.
A viewfinder and one reel of seven personalized photos costs $24.95. If you were throwing a wedding and wanted to have a viewfinder on each table loaded with the same pictures of the bride and groom, each additional viewfinder and reel would set you back $8 to $15, depending on how many you order.
You create your own reel by loading digital photos onto the company's website, which also provides the option of adding a funky background or text. The text will appear to be floating in front of the image in 3-D.
Unfortunately, your two-dimensional images will still read as two dimensional through the eyepiece, but we still think this is worth it for that satisfying click.
-- Deborah Netburn