This is an entirely different type of post for me. However, this afternoon I was listening to a podcast of Scott Bourne’s Photo Focus for January 13, 2012. Scott was speaking about the amazing new Lytro camera.
Now I know that this camera isn’t even close to resembling a professional grade camera, but the technology behind it is just amazing. Have you ever taken a picture and afterward wished that you could change the focus point of the image?
What I mean is you would rather have the person in the background in focus instead of the object in the foreground. Sure you have, possibly as recently as your last group of images. However, that just isn’t possible. Well think again. Go ahead and click anywhere on these pictures and watch the magic occur right before your eyes. Now that is just so cool.
Can you imagine this technology on your next D9000, or maybe the D6? Are the Micro 4/3’s the future of cameras? How will this effect Photoshop CS 8?
Lytro explains that a conventional camera only captures a single plane of light, while the Lytro camera captures the entire light field. They call these living pictures. Since you’re capturing the entire light field which is the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, it is possible to focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. This means no auto-focus motor or shutter delay.
The Lytro Light Field Camera starts with an 8X optical zoom, f/2 aperture lens. The aperture is constant across the zoom range allowing for unheard of light capture. The camera relies on software rather than components to improve performance.
This new technology allows both the photographer and the viewer to focus the images, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views.
So just think where we’ll be in the next few years! What type of features will be available on the next generation of cameras? Personally I’m not excited about the possibility of my viewer being able to change the focus point of my image. I created that image to tell a story, and I don’t want the viewer recreating it. However, I would love to have the power of this technology and the ability to tweak my story in post processing. How do you feel?