University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 14, 2011

UW-Stout instructor David Tank thinks of 3D photography as a form of magic. At least that’s how he explains it in his new book for children, “The Magic of 3D Photography.”

The 45-page book takes children on a three-dimensional journey. It provides a history of 3D photography dating to the mid-1800s, explains how 3D tricks the eye into believing things are jumping off the page and tells how 3D is used today, including at the movies.

“Just like any good book about magic, many of the secrets of 3D will be revealed,” he writes in the introduction.

The book teaches children about 3D but has interactive fun along the way. It has plenty of colorful 3D photos (glasses are included), an educational quiz and a turtle that somehow turns its head as you move yours. The cover even has a photo that looks 3D without special glasses.

The book is Tank’s second related to 3D photography, which he has been studying for 20 years. In fall 2010 he published “Wisconsin Wildflowers in 3D.”

Tank has taught at UW-Stout for eight years. He specializes in journalism and mass communications classes and is the faculty adviser to the student newspaper, the Stoutonia.

“The Magic of 3D Photography” sells for $21.95 and is available online at, as well as Amazon, Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts gift shop, The Local Store (Volume One) in Eau Claire and Crossroads Books in Eau Claire. Tank will have a book signing from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Local Store.