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:
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.
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.
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 →