In case you have not seen anything about light field photography then you’ve got to take a look at the Lytro website for a new paradigm. The basics of light field photography have been around for some time now in the laboratory. Electronics have now taken the computing power out of the lab and put the processing on a chip. I’ve done some experimenting with it and have found it an interesting new concept but it’s at the introductory level right now. Picture resolution, for example, is only 1080 x 1080 pixels which makes it feel rather like the old Sony Mavica I started digital photography with back in 1998 or so.
But, words are not good so let’s take a quick look at one of the pictures…
This is a picture looking into an open cactus flower. Not much to look at but just wait. Click on part of the picture and watch. What you click on comes into focus and the rest of the picture goes out of focus. Click again somewhere else and that area comes into focus. Double click on an area and you zoom into that area and can refocus within the zoom. Click and drag around to see more.
The Lytro website has more examples and I’ll post more of what I take when I’ve got the techniques down.