Mar 03

Has Lytro drastically modified the pictures in its official LightField gallery?

The pictures in Lytro’s Living Pictures Gallery look awesome: They’re beautifully composed, show little noise and have full, saturated colors. Obviously, Lytro will show off its best pictures to get people interested in its new product, but are these pictures really representative of what comes out of your Lytro camera?

It seems that at least some of the pictures in the official gallery were significantly post-processed in order to give them better color and saturation:

Lytro LightField Picture Gallery with heavily adjusted colors? (left: official gallery, right: original picture in mugurm's album)

For comparison, have a look at the official and original Living Pictures.

It’s obviously possible to do post-processing with LightField Pictures. Is the above an example that it’s not very hard to do, and that we’ll soon also get the chance to postprocess our Lytro pictures?

Mar 01

Adobe is working in its own Lightfield camera

Lytro may be the first company to release lightfield cameras for the consumer, but other companies have also been working on this technology, some for years.
One prominent example is Adobe, who developed the PDF-format and – more importantly – Photoshop.

Dave Story von Adobe präsentiert seinen LichtFeld-Kamera-Prototypen (Video-Screenshots)

As far back as 2007, Adobe successfully demonstrated a plenoptic camera prototype with continuous refocusing, and also showed what an integration of Lightfield in Photoshop could look like: Continue reading

Feb 28

What is the minimum focus distance for the Lytro LightField camera?

What is the minimum distance that the infamous Lytro LightField camera can still focus on? I’ve been looking out for this bit of information, which is an important feat to anyone who’s keen on taking macro photos.
In an extensive Interview on Youtube, Director of Photography Eric Cheng noted that there was a “sweet spot” to create maximally refocusable lytro images: Pictures taken at about 6 inches (15 cm) away from the subject (when zoomed out completely) are most interactive, according to him.
Other than that, it seems like Lytro staff was avoiding the question of minimum focus distance. Continue reading