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:
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.
The fact that the Lytro LightField Camera doesn’t have a flash basically limits you to shooting in the daylight, or with sufficient artificial lighting. The latter, however, is sometimes hard to achieve, which results in decreased photo quality.
With this little “How to” tutorial, we’d like to show you exactly how we made our own Lytro LED Ring Light for about 8 US-$.
We’ve already tested it in the wild, and it’s working great (for us, at least)!
Since the Lytro camera doesn’t come with a flash, we thought about making my own DIY ring flash for some time. Today, finally, the most important component has arrived in the mail: a little LED ring that cost as little as 3.50 €.
Here’s a quick photo of my first crude attempt to take close-up pictures with a homemade LED ring flash (ring light):
What’s more interesting, though, are the test photos taken with the Lytro camera: Continue reading →