What is a Hologram

The visual effect produced by my hologram.

According to Wikipedia, a hologram is a photographic recording of a light field, rather than of an image formed by a lens, and it is used to display a fully three-dimensional image of the holographed subject, which is seen without the aid of special glasses or other intermediate optics. The hologram itself is not an image and it is usually unintelligible when viewed under diffuse ambient light. It is an encoding of the light field as an interference pattern of seemingly random variations in the opacity, density, or surface profile of the photographic medium.

As hologram itself seems fancy and complicated, the process of making it must be hard and high-tech support sounds like a must...Well, not really! With my smartphone and a few pieces of everyday objects, I made a hologram at home within 30 minutes! 


How did I make it

The process of making a home-made holograph is fairly simple! Cut a fine plastic case to 4 pieces of trapezium, stick them edge by edge using a glue or transparent tape, put them onto the center of the screen of your smartphone, and make a hologram-specialized video in photoshop and Adobe Premiere, or find one on YouTube. Hit the "play" button, and now enjoy the visual feast :)

Note: To ensure capturing the visual effects when I record the videos, I kept the surrounding lights on. However, the image is more visually stunning with the surrounding lights are off. Make sure to keep your room dark when you watch the hologram, you will be surprised! 


Video Showcase

It's time to video showcase how visually stunning my little home-made hologram works compare to the fairly simple process of making it!

The hologram of animated jellyfish and heart-shaped stars.

The hologram of dancing couple and engagement rings.

The holograph of butterfly and humming birds.

The hologram of firework and woman's face.