So your Lytro Illum has finally arrived – now what? In many respects, light field photography is fundamentally different from traditional photography, and the switch from one to the other may not be an easy one for everybody.
Josh Anon, nature photographer and former Senior Product Manager at Lytro, recently published a new ebook titled “Using Lytro Illum – a Guide to Creating Great Living Pictures“.
Using LYTRO ILLUM provides a comprehensive overview of the Lytro ecosystem. Endorsed by Lytro, Inc., this book covers everything from what the light field is to how to take advantage of the Lytro button while shooting to how to edit your pictures outside of Lytro Desktop. It’s the one guide that will take you from novice to living picture expert!
We had a closer look at whether the book delivers what the title promises, and in this article, we’ll tell you what we think.
When Lytro recently announced their new, open source web player for Living Pictures, they also added that photography community 500px would be the first third-party website to support interactive light field pictures taken with the Lytro Illum.
The first Illum shipments are less than a week away, and we’re expecting the release of Lytro’s new WebGL Player to go hand in hand with those shipments.
In the meantime, 500px has gone ahead and activated Living Picture support on the community portal, becoming the first third-party website to do so.
One of the major points of critique about Lytro’s light field camera(s) is that the only way to share your pictures online is to upload them to Lytro‘s servers first.
Now, in an effort to boost adoption of light field photography, Lytro has announced a new open file format for light field pictures, which will be based on the WebGL standard for 3D graphics. It will be released as an open source project on GitHub, together with a matching, open-source WebGL Player, which will allow users to host interactive light field pictures on their own websites and servers.
“One barrier to [adoption] is we are not as widely deployed and accepted as JPEG,” CEO Jason Rosenthal said in an interview. “We want to start changing that.”
Earlier today, Lytro announced Lytro Illum, the company’s second-generation light field camera which boasts professional-grade hardware.
Set to start shipping in July 2014, the camera is priced at 1,499 USD for pre-orders.
The official product page contains mostly introductory information, so we’ve dug through the knowledgebase articles to find some more details and additional information about the camera’s hardware, features, controls, and international availability.
Here are the most pressing questions we had:
What is the Lytro Illum’s image resolution?
Lytro Illum features a 40 Megaray light field sensor (i.e. it records 40 million light rays), which results in an effective resolution of 4 Megapixels maximum. In other words, you’ll be able to view and export images in 4 Megapixel resolution.
Halloween is only two days away – at least in our timezone. :)
It’s time once more to bring out the pumpkins and carving knives, and express your creativity in the design of your Halloween costume. Our newest Living Picture of the Week is of course Halloween-themed, and comes from Lytro camera owner David Brittain: