The Californian camera company Lytro, are starting a photographic revolution with their ‘transforming light field technology’. They are challenging and adopting a century’s worth of photographic theory and exploration, which comes neatly packaged into an incredibly unique, pocket sized camera.
Rather than just capturing one plane of light (like a traditional camera), it captures the entire light field around a picture. The result is that you can refocus photos after they’ve been snapped, shift the scenes perspective, and even move seamlessly between 2D and 3D views.
The proof is in the pudding: Click on the blurred Elvis statues in the foreground of the image to bring the picture to life.
Later this year, Lytro will debut their first commercial light field camera. Their technology and marketing is certainly attractive, but only time will tell whether it has a place on the consumer shelf. It could either be the most revolutionary advancement in photography since the 1800s, or the next Polaroid. Whatever the outcome though, the ride promises to be a lot of fun!