Does anyone remember all those photographers who talked about how seeing your picture as soon as you took it cheapened photography? It’s reasonable to think there are still a few of those folks out there, and man, they are going to flip when they hear about Lytro cameras. Never mind seeing the picture after its taken, how about focusing the picture after its been taken?
Lytro cameras capture the entire light field instead of a measured amount of light effected by the physical distance of the lens’ glass to a sensor. The result is a picture that can be refocused or turned into a 3-D image. The technology has been around for some time, but became possible without the use of a supercomputer not that far back.
Word is out Lytro has plans to work on video cameras as well.
Lytro Director of Photography Eric Cheng was a speaker just a day ago at Photoshelter’s Luminance conference. Expect to see more of this technology in the future.