Never focus on the wrong thing ever again

June 23, 2011

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We all had that issue at some stage where we took an awesome picture and when we looked at it on our computers the important parts were out of focus.

I have been talking about a lens developed by Adobe here, but now there is a competitor that says they will have a competitively priced consumer camera will be coming out later this year. They are called Lytro.

They are working on a light field camera that captures the missing dimensions of the light that flows into a picture. These cameras have been around for a while now, but they weren’t commercially viable.

With their product you can focus on the background, the foreground, somewhere in the middle or just make the whole picture in focus. There is also the possibility to slightly change the perspective of the shot.

check out the video

Pretty cool stuff and I hope it is going to be affordable, because I will get one.

@maniac13


Finally all my photo mistakes are being forgiven

September 24, 2010

Adobe just showcased and amazing “extra” lens that is inserted between your camera’s usual lens and its sensor and with their “magical” software you can now focus on a different part of the picture after you have taken it.

So I can give my camera to my wife to take a picture without having to worry about the result 🙂

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The plenoptic lens is composed of a litany of tiny "sub-lenses," which allow those precious photons you’re capturing to be recorded from multiple perspectives. The result is that you get a bunch more data in your image and an "infinite" depth of field, meaning you can toggle at what distance you want your image to be focused after the act of taking it.

check out the demo here

unfortunately this is still a long way away from hitting the commercial market, but one day we can all take pictures and focus on the important stuff later.

@maniac13