3D photos on Facebook: what they are and how to upload them

Mark Zuckerberg's social network is making available a new feature to upload 3D photos. But they're not exactly what you think

Are you still trying to figure out how to upload 360-degree photos to Facebook? Forget it, the new trend on Mark Zuckerberg's social will be 3D photos. As of today, in fact, Facebook is making available a new feature that allows you to upload and view three-dimensional photos from your smartphone.

To tell the truth, the name chosen by the platform is a bit misleading. These are not actual 3D photos. At least, not in the sense that you can see the subject from every possible angle. Rather, these are shots that have been properly edited by Facebook's artificial intelligence so that the subject of the image appears to stand out from the background. In short, a kind of photo with a slightly more advanced blur effect (or bokeh as it may be) than what we are used to. The feature is not yet available for everyone, but it should become so before the end of October 2018.

How to make 3D photos with Facebook

Although all Facebook users will be able to view 3D photos uploaded by their friends, the ability to create them and upload them to the social platform will not be given to everyone. But, and it is good to specify this, not by Facebook's will. In order for the algorithms devised in Menlo Park to be able to give depth and relief to the various parts of the image, in fact, it is necessary that the photo is taken with a smartphone with at least two cameras. In this way, Facebook's systems will be able to get all the information they need and "treat" the pixels properly. In order for the results to be appreciable, suggests the same Facebook in presenting the feature, it is necessary that the subject is not too close to the photographer and there is a rather clear separation between the colors of the background and those of the protagonist of the image.