Mar 30

Video: How to Completely Take Apart a Lytro LightField Camera

If you’re trying to take apart your Lytro LightField Camera, we have a couple of interesting How To articles available here. But what if you want to go a bit further?

Jason Wolf, who earlier documented the Lytro disassembly process down to the major camera parts, has created an 11 minute video that shows you, in full detail, how to completely disassemble Lytro’s LightField Camera.

Video: How to Completely Take Apart a Lytro LightField Camera Completely

While Jason goes down to the individual lenses, mainboard and electronic shutter, we don’t recommend using a pipe wrench on your lens system if you’d like to use your camera again. ;)

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Mar 16

Lytro Image Manipulation: Linux Tools to insert Images into LightField Pictures

Lytro Image Manipulation: Linux Tools to insert Images into LightField Pictures (picture: ebina1)A few days ago, we reported about ebina1′s tool “Refocus”, which makes the processing of Lytro RAW images possible in Linux.
Now, ebina1 has taken his work further, and released two more programmes that, for the first time, give users the ability to do (one kind of) image editing with Lytro LightField pictures:

insert_focus lets you insert an image at a specified focus level within the picture. Continue reading

Mar 15

Lytro Roadmap: Director of Photography hints at Consumer and Professional Cameras

Eric Cheng talks about Lytro and Living Pictures, Photokina 2012 (photo: LightField Forum) Lytro’s first generation LightField camera recently celebrated its first birthday. So what, you might ask, is next up Lytro’s sleeve? What will the second generation camera be like, and what lessons from the first generation will be turned into improvements for the second one?

In a Techhive article that focuses (pun intended) on an alternative way of creating interactive click to focus images, we found what may be the first official hint at Lytro’s upcoming products. First off, there aren’t many details – let alone a timeframe – but we’re still a bit excited.

Lytro’s Director of Photography Eric Cheng had this to say during a discussion of some restrictive aspects of their Terms of Service:

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Mar 13

Mems|Cam: Software Refocus for Smartphones without LightField Technology

Mems|Cam: Software Refocus for Smartphones without LightField Technology (photo: DigitalOptics) Ever since their first appearance in the News, Lytro’s most prominent LightField feature was software refocus. The ability to take a picture, and set and change focus after the fact has inspired many of us.
While Toshiba is working hard on commercializing that same LightField technology for use in smartphones, California-based company DigitalOptics is taking a shortcut with similar results:
Instead of taking a single photo through a microlens array, DigitalOptics’ Mems|Cam takes a series of pictures at different focus distances. After stitching the photo sequence together, the resulting pictures can be refocused just like Lytro’s LightField pictures. Continue reading

Mar 12

Refocus: Linux Tool to Process Raw Lytro Images

Refocus: Linux Tool to Process Raw Lytro Images In our Forums, there’s now something for Linux users: User ebina1 has shared a small Linux tool that allows the processing and refocusing of Lytro RAW images (which can be extracted via lfpsplitter).

I wrote a short program to process the raw data the lfpsplitter extracts from the .lfp file (not the -stk.lfp).
It lets you generate individual images focused at different depths. The pictures aren’t quite as good as what you get out of the Mac software, but still fun if you want to play with refocusing images.
The source is here:

  Refocus (Linux tool) (19.3 KiB, 703 hits)
Small Linux program to refocus extracted Lytro RAW image files.

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