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

OCC on Facebook -
posted August 2, 2016

We’ve outgrown our old Yahoo! Newsgroup and need to bring the Panoram newsletter into the digital age.

Bookmark the Oakland Camera Club’s newly renovated Facebook page and stay informed.

Field Trip 2016
posted June 13, 2016

Saturday, June 25: Shoot stereo at the USS Hornet Museum with your fellow Oakland Camera Club stereo photographers! The field trip invitation flyer has details.

Competition Selection Chart
April 5, 2016

Our new official prize distribution chart takes the guesswork out of awarding places and honorable mentions in our monthly competitions. We were loose with the number of selections when the club was smaller, but with our growing membership this formal approach will keep our competitions fun and fair.

Updated Guide for Guest Judges
April 5, 2016

The revised Judging Stereo Photography Guide for Guest Judges is a result of the effort we've put into making the Oakland Camera Club appealing to qualified judges for our monthly competitions. The original's author is unknown. The guide is updated for the digital age. Members, your editorial input is welcome.

Extended Meeting Hours
March 3, 2016

No more scrambling to squeeze in all of the stereo photography from our growing ranks. Starting in March, our meetings will run for three hours, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

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, October 17, 2016


8:00pm - 10:00pm


Albany Community Center, Albany, CA

Special Event:


Join us for a non-competitive meeting to share projects, solicit feedback, trade ideas, and exhibit collections. Show us your stereo prints, digital slides, anaglyphs, phantograms, lenticulars, View-Masters — anything related to stereo photography.

Please note this month's late start.