Jan 12

How to Create Stereoscopic Cross-View 3D Pictures from Lytro Images

The newest feature to be added to the LightField capabilities of Lytro’s Destkop Software is Perspective Shift: Viewers can physically move the point of view a few centimeters in every direction, within the limitations of the lens system.
In order to create this stunning effect – remember, these are pictures taken with a single lens! – Lytro uses a combination of parallax information and an infinite depth of field version of the picture in regard.

How to Create Stereoscopic Cross-View 3D Pictures from Lytro Images (picture: Jeff Wilson)

With these two sets of data at hand, it is just a small step to create 3D pictures, and Lytro has already confirmed working on a 3D Export feature. But why wait? Using Perspective Shift, it is already possible to create stereoscopic cross-view 3D pictures.

Lytro-Fan and beta tester Jeff Wilson tells us how it’s done: Continue reading

Jan 11

LightField Picture of the Week: Plasma Globe

You’ve probably come across a plasma globe in the past: It’s a glass orb filled with various noble gases, and a high-voltage electrode in the center. When turned on, it displays moving purple to pink plasma filaments, and if you touch it, they lock on to the position of your fingers and intensify.
Lytro user tip184 has taken an interesting picture of such a plasma lamp with a Lytro camera, and it’s our Living Pic(k) of the Week:

Be sure to try Perspective Shift (click and drag around) with this one!

Living Picture by tip184

Jan 09

Software Hack: Interactive Picture Refocus for ordinary Digital Cameras

Software Hack: Picture Refocus for ordinary Digital Cameras So you like the interactive Refocus feature of Lytro’s LightField Camera, but not its 400+ $ pricetag?
There’s a way to achieve the same effect using an ordinary DSLR or Compact System Camera (interchangeable lens camera), and in this post, we’ll tell you how to do it!

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Jan 06

Lytro releases Self Timer for LightField Camera

Lytro has recently started giving out camera firmware 1.1.1 for its LightField Camera, which brings another new feature that the Lytro community has been asking for: a Self Timer.

Lytro releases Self Timer for LightField Camera Lytro releases Self Timer for LightField Camera

The timer will not only come in handy when you want to appear in your own pictures, but also when you’re taking pictures with longer exposure times, to reduce camera shake and unwanted motion blur from pushing the shutter button. Continue reading

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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