LYTRO – Light Field Photography

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LYTRO CameraWith the release of the LYTRO Illium the first generation LYTRO cameras have fallen in price and in some cases are available at a great savings (as was recently through an Australian reseller).  Given that the offer was only available for a limited amount of time, I gave some thought if I really use this camera? If the technology is too limited? Or if it was really worth it?  After some debate (not helped by my coworkers encouraging me) I took a hard look at the discounted price and concluded it was a good enough price to give this camera and technology a try.

What makes this camera different (aside from its funky shape)  is how it captures light. Using special lenses and sensors to capture all the light fields within the scope of a scene, this allows for the adjustment the focal point such as switching from foreground to background after the image is taken.

Lytro Internals

Was it worth it?
Time will tell, it definitely makes you re-think about the composition of your photos to best capture multiple reference points in a photo. Having it now for less that 24 hours I took it out on a walk around the Kirribilli foreshore and captured a bunch of photos, most of which I knew wouldn’t be very good “living” photos, but I did have a few turnout to my liking.

First photos:

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