Apr 05

Lytro Firmware Upgrade: New Creative Mode, More Zoom

Lytro: Creative Mode Menu With their newest camera firmware (v1.1.2), Lytro has implemented a number of interesting changes to their first-generation LightField camera.

Most notably, Creative Mode has been revamped and is now used completely differently:
In all previous official firmware versions, the refocus position was set by tapping on an object in the middle of the desired range. Refocus range was then largely influenced by the current zoom position.

Now, Creative Mode was simplified, in that users just tap on what’s most important in the scene, and the camera “takes the current zoom position, focus position, and relative distances into account” when establishing the refocus range automatically. Continue reading

Apr 04

Lytro Camera used to Observe Plasma Cloud Microparticles

A microparticle plasma cloud reconstructed using the Lytro LightField Camera (picture: Hartman et al. 2013) LightField Technology brings several never-before seen features to the world of imaging – most notably single-lens, single-exposure 3D data recording. The technology has been available for commercial and academic uses since 2011, when Raytrix announced their first commercial plenoptic camera.
With the introduction of Lytro’s LightField Camera in early 2012, there appeared a second option for LightField enthusiasts. Though less precise, the camera is significantly cheaper than its commercial counterpart, and so scientists have tried to use the consumer camera for their own scientific purposes.

Now, a team of physicists from Hungary have worked out a method to use the Lytro LightField Camera for three-dimensional imaging of microparticles in a small plasma cloud. Continue reading

Apr 02

A Method for Panorama LightField Imaging

Overview: Creation process of a Panorama LightField Picture (picture: Birklbauer and Bimber 2012) Not too long ago, the possibility to create LightField pictures with a mass-produced consumer camera sounded like dreams of the future. This was only the first step, though, and we’re looking forward to other popular imaging techniques (e.g. HDR and panorama imaging) to be augmented by LightField technology.
In a publication from 2012, computer scientists Clemens Birklbauer and Oliver Bimber from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria presented a first approach towards creating Panorama LightField Images.

Panorama LightField Imaging: Rendered 22 Megapixel images from a LightField Panorama (picture: Birklbauer and Bimber 2012)

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Apr 01

Lytro Accessory Review: Nimbus Cloud Dome for Lytro LightField Camera

Lytro Accessory Review: Nimbus Cloud Dome for Lytro LightField Camera When you’re taking pictures with any camera, hard shadows from direct light aren’t always desirable. In some cases, such as product photography, they can be very detrimental to the cause – and this is exactly where the newest third-party accessory for the Lytro LightField Camera comes in: The Nimbus Cloud Dome for Lytro Camera.

The original Nimbus Cloud Dome (funded via Kickstarter) is a portable miniature photography studio. It creates evenly diffused lighting situations without harsh shadows or strong specular highlights, which makes it an ideal tool for small product photography, especially for jewelry and other reflective surfaces.
Viewpoint Laboratories, LLC (think Lytro filter adapter) and Cloud Dome Inc. have partnered up to create a version specifically designed for the world’s first consumer LightField camera.

We’ve taken a close look at the Cloud Dome over the past week, and have put our experiences into the following review. Continue reading