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Take cool 3D snapshots with retro 35mm box cameras. 

Use cheap film and low-end plastic cameras for artsy results.

Low-cost home scanner and free software make it fast, easy, and fun.

The pizza baker snapshot  uses an animated file to give a sense of what the 3D photo looks like.

This instructable will cover cameras, film, shooting, developing, home scanning and viewing.
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Step 1: Get Your Camera

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So-called toy cameras are mostly plastic and have few controls, so they're perfect for shoot from the hip 3D snapshots.

Search flea markets, yard sales, and eBay for these 4 lens bug-eyed monsters. Names like Nishika, Nimslo, and Loreo can be found for under $10 USD.

Step 2: Cheap Film

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I learned about the free film camera in the photo from this Instructable by mpap89.
Major chain stores like Walgreens have these cameras.
You buy the camera, take out the film, shoot it in your 3D camera, put the film back in the store camera and return for processing.
Then you get a free roll and start all over again.

Another source is expired film which is often sold for $1 USD a roll or less.
Ask for it at camera stores.

eBay often has cheap expired film as well.

Step 3: Shoot From the Hip

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This instructable isn't about technically perfect 3D photos.

It is about Shoot From the Hip photos with lots of spontaneous fun.

So find a colorful scene with lots of depth and snap away.

I like to shoot on sunny early mornings because the angle of the light seems to add depth and warmth.

Step 4: Develop-Only

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You can ask for develop only service at most photo processors.

I pay between $1.29 USD and $2.19 USD for one-hour develop-only service.

You get back a long piece of film.

Remember to ask for  8 or 9 transparent sleeves when you pick up your film.

Using a plastic bag as a glove, insert the film into the sleeves and carefully cut with a scissors.
This is really neat!
klixtopher3 years ago
Very nice. I like the use of 'old tech'. Thanks for sharing.