Golden Gate Panorama, Oleg Vorobyoff

About the Oakland Camera Club

Stereo photography — 3-D photography — is the marvelous craft of making pictures with the illusion of depth.

The Oakland Camera Club is a San Francisco / Bay Area organization of stereo photography enthusiasts. Join us at a club meeting to learn about the art of stereo photography and experience fantastic printed and projected 3-D photos.

The Oakland Camera Club was founded in 1934 and is a member of the Photographic Society of America. The Oakland Camera Club is a non-profit organization.

Club News

Simplified File Naming and Format Instructions
January 18, 2016

Instead of .mpo files, submit your digital images as side-by-side, parallel (left image on the left) JPEG files -- like our old projection format. Size your .jpg to no more than 3840 (1920 x 2) pixels wide or no more than 1080 pixels tall, depending on the aspect ratio. The TV's software is fussy about the "flavor" of .mpo files, so the meeting's projectionist will convert your .jpg into a compatible .mpo.

Files submitted for competitions or clinics no longer need a coded, randomized file name. Save your .jpg files as Lastname Firstname - Group - Title.jpg. For example:

Smith John - B - Golden Gate from Baker Beach.jpg

Use the file naming tool as a guide.

Updated Digital Slide, 3-D Video Format Instructions
November 9, 2015

We're an HD club now! See the Preparing Digital Slides article for updated instructions to format your digital stereo slides for our 3-D HDTV and 3-D projectors.

Preparing 3-D Video describes ways to shoot, edit, and save your 3-D video in a format that's compatible with the club's 3-D HDTV.


The Oakland Camera Club's new 3D HDTV will be inaugurated at our September meeting.

While 3D TV’s come with their own issues, I’ve been dissatisfied with the complex setup and iffy visual quality of our projected competitions over the last year.

Our 3D TV is HD resolution (1920x1080), uses RealD-style circular polarizer passive viewers, and supports .mpo files. At 55 inches it’s big enough for regular club meetings, but not too big to haul around.

See this month's Panoram for details.

Next Club Meeting


Monday, February 22, 2016


8:00pm - 9:30pm


Albany Community Center, Albany, CA


Board Meeting

All members are invited to a decision making meeting, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, at our regular location. The club had a great 2015, and we need a plan to keep the momentum going. An election will be held to replace retiring officers.

Special Competition:


Anything goes! The PSA defines Creative as "altered reality."

Please note that our usual 3rd Monday meeting is re-scheduled from February 15 to February 22 in observance of President's Day, and starts a half-hour later, 8:00pm to accommodate our director's meeting.