You have probably heard about a revolutionary light field camera that will be released in 2012 by the start-up company Lytro. The whole concept of the light field photography is not entirely new, it has been around for decades and there has been some attempts to create light field cameras (sometimes called plenoptic camera, no-focus camera or all-focus camera) but none of them has been simple or cheap enough to be available to the general market. All of this is about to change.
What is light field photography
Light field photography is very different from the classic digital photography in the fact that it does not capture and store pixels but rays of light. What does that mean? The sensors in the light field camera capture the light field and store the data about the light field in megarays (Lytro camera captures 11 megarays). So, what good does that do? With the software available from Lytro you can manipulate the picture after it has been taken. And this manipulation is nothing like photo editing we know – you can change the focus of the picture and refocus it AFTER it has been taken. This means a couple of things:
- No need to worry about your photos being out of focus (you can refocus later)
- Very fast (no auto or manual focus, the photo is taken instantly so there is no delay to focus the photo)
- No need to use flash (the camera captures the light in the surroundings)
Take a look at the video below to get general idea about light field photography and light field camera by Lytro.
Light field photos in action
We have included a couple of light field photos from the Lytro website so you can see how cool they are. If you want to easily include photos from Lytro.com into your WordPress blog, please download the Embed Light Field Photos plugin for WordPress which is available for free from our website. You just copy the URL of the photo, paste it into the post or page you are writing, and plugin will take care of the rest – the living picture will be displayed on your blog.
Here are a few examples of the living pictures. Simply click on the picture and it will change focus to the spot you have just clicked.
Pretty crazy, eh?
When we first saw what this camera can do we were blown away like most of the people. We are confident that Lytro has hit homerun with this amazing new technology and in a matter of years the light field photography will change the shape of the entire digital photography.
We will closely monitor the development of light field photography and all aspects of this very exciting new field of technology. Bookmark us for news about light field photography, reviews of the Lytro light field camera, analyses of the possible development of this technology, light field photography classes, tips and tricks for light field photographers and everything else the light field future will bring.
Where to get the Lytro Light Field Camera
You can preorder the Lytro light field camera at the moment at their website if you are from the USA, the rest of the world will have to wait a bit. It is supposed to get shipped in the second quarter of 2012.