On Feb 6th, I got a chance to join with other Lytro owners-to-be on a photo-walk around the Prudential Center. The Lytro camera is a small light field camera that will begin shipping later this spring. It represents a completely new way to take pictures. The light-field lenses capture a much wider range of light, allowing vibrant photos to be taken in low light situations with no flash. What’s truly revolutionary, though, is the software that is built into the camera. It allows for re-focusing after the photo has been taken. Photos are designed to be shared on the screen and can be modified by the viewer.
Photos taken with the camera appear to have been shot with via a powerful zoom. I have ideas for setting up some interesting scenarios that play with this exaggerated depth of field, where perhaps as one’s focus changes the meaning of the image is altered as well.
One of my images from the photo walk was posted to the Lytro gallery. I’ll see if I can embed it here… (I can if I turn off the wysiwyg editor, the embed is in an iframe) Scroll around to some of the other photos, too, and see just how different this camera is!