"Free-viewing" is seeing stereoviews
in 3D without the use of a stereoscope. It will enhance your enjoyment of
my listings and pages and will be of great benefit to you when shopping for
stereoviews at shows, flea markets, etc. It is easier than you think. I was
a dealer for at least a couple of years before I learned. After I did, I
said to myself, "Wow! Why didn't I learn this before?"
It will take some practice. Focus your eyes to infinity. Hold the
card 12-18 in. away and raise it into the center of your field of vision
maintaining infinity focus with your eyes. You may see 4 images at first
or only 2. You may need to focus the image by moving the card closer or further
away. You want to see 3 images with the center image appearing 3 dimensional.
If the center image appears fractured, try to notice some dominant visual
areas such as lines or white areas within the image(s) and cause them to
converge (a mostly mental process). If you do this you will see three images
with the center one being 3D. Your mind will mostly ignore all but the center
image. It will get easier to do as you practice until it becomes almost
automatic. It will be a new world! The practice will be worth it! My optometrist
says this exercise is good for your eyes.
A NOTE. I have noticed that I can free-view my monitor images best from
around 20-24 inches away (practice with cards first if you are just learning).
However, if you put out a lot of extra cabbage to buy a really big monitor,
the images may be too large for you to free-view easily. Sorry. These pages
are designed for the majority of us who own 13-17 in. monitors and 800x600
lines. I find that I can free-view on a 17 in. monitor as well, but I have
a lot of practice..... You can still practice with cards though, which should
be your major objective anyway.
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