Jan 05

Homemade Lytro Modifications and Accessories: DIY Ring Light, DIY Filter Adapter and a LightField Microscope

Homemade Lytro Modifications and Accessories: DIY Ring Light, DIY Filter Adapter and a LightField Microscope (photo: Peter Lee) Lytro’s LightField Camera is the first consumer product of an entirely new category of camera, so it’s no wonder that technology enthusiasts are attracted by its new features. It is that same tech-excited target audience that likes to play around with things to see what they can use them for.
In this article, we’ll show you some interesting DIY inventions and modifications for the Lytro camera, that we’ve recently come across:

First up is Twitter user @jgeorge, who has created his own Lytro LED ring light, using a 4 $ LED flashlight and some breadboard:

DIY: Homemade Lytro Ring Light by jgeorge DIY: Homemade Lytro Ring Light by jgeorge in use DIY: Homemade Lytro Ring Light by jgeorge in use

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Nov 27

How to disassemble your Lytro Camera (Part 1)

If you’d like to open and disassemble your Lytro LightField Camera – be it to fix a problem (we’d like to remind you of Lytro’s cheap repairs/replacement service at this point, though!) or to satiate your curiosity – you may have a hard time finding screws to undo.
There are screws to open the camera, you just need know where they are: They’re hidden beneath the cameras black plastic front cover around the lens, which is held in place by adhesive tape.

How to disassemble a Lytro Camera (Part 1)

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Oct 28

Lytro Camera Accessories: LED Artificial Lighting for your LightField Camera

Lytro Camera Accessories: LED Artificial Lighting for your LightField Camera (photo: Axel Schuch) One of the limitations of Lytro’s LightField Camera is the fact that it has no internal flash or light to help in low light situations.
The new manual controls are a way to overcome some of these situations. Nevertheless, despite the value of ambient light, natural lighting and shadows, sometimes the available light is just not enough.

If you have some free time, you can easily make your own LED ring light for about 10 $.

For those who want something more professional, we present two (almost) off-the-shelf solutions for artificial Lytro lighting: Continue reading

Oct 08

How to Move your Lytro Library to a different Location using Symlinks

How to Move your Lytro Library to a different Location using Symlinks Wouldn’t it be great to be able to move the Lytro picture library to whatever directory you want? Lytro doesn’t offer such a feature in its Desktop Software (yet?), but what about just “pretending” the files are where they should be?
Luckily, modern operating systems allow you to do just that: It’s called symbolic linking, and it originates from the Unix environment.

As Wikipedia explains, “programs that read or write to files named by a symbolic link will behave as if operating directly on the target file.”

In this short How To article, we’ll show you how to move your Lytro library using symbolic links (symlinks) in Windows 7. Symlinks are also available in Mac OS X, and the procedure is quite similar. Continue reading