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Old 06-23-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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Camera that you can change the focus after you take the picture.

http://www.lytro.com/picture_gallery
http://content.usatoday.com/communit...ducing-lytro/1

Pretty amazing stuff, curious to see how it actually works when it comes out. Could be amazing once the technology really catches on in a few years.


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Looks to be like a camera that takes multiple exposures then merges them together via some software that keeps each intact.

Then the software exports info to be able to understand the gui system to execute the focus and zoom in features.

I actually am more interested in the size of these photos.

But definitely neat stuff. Nice find.

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That won't be a cheap device lol. Kind of seems like it takes the challenge out of photography, though.
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It's like automatic focus stacking.
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Yeah, it looks like it's just layering pictures together. Take, for instance, the image with the Wushu guru. You can click different spots on the shaft of the bow, but the focus doesn't change until about halfway down, when all of the sudden the entire person is in focus, and whatever he's holding is entirely out of focus. Honestly, it looks more like a software thing that a camera thing. Nifty, yes, but not really my thing. Part of photography, along with any other art, is that the artist has a way that he wants you to see whatever they made. You could make the argument that the photographer could take the picture, focus it wherever they wanted, save it in another format, and then share it, but then what's the point? If they already know what they want in focus, then there's no need for this.

If nothing else, it's something for so-called "purists" to get really upset over.

EDIT: I must be this thing's worst nightmare. The first place I always try to change the focus to isn't in focus no matter how many times I click it. Oh well :/
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Yeah I'm interested to see how big the files are also. It's not going to compete with any of the current DSLR cameras for sure, it's going to be a simple point and shoot but I think the technology is actually really useful. The fact that it doesn't have the focus lag and that it takes multiple focal points is an amazingly useful feature. Just think how many times you have tried to take a picture of some part under your car or something and it looks fine on the tiny view finder till you bring it into the computer and find out it wasn't focused on the right part. Being able to just flip the camera on and instantly take a picture would also be really nice.
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But then how long between shots? I imagine processing all that information takes a while.
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Kind of seems like it takes the challenge out of photography, though.
This..

It is pretty cool though.
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I just thought of something else (I swear I'm not a hater). You can change the focus after you take the shot, but can you change the depth of field? Maybe you take the shot, and you're not sure if you want to isolate something in the foreground, or if you want to create a "storytelling" image with a really wide depth of field.
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I just thought of something else (I swear I'm not a hater). You can change the focus after you take the shot, but can you change the depth of field? Maybe you take the shot, and you're not sure if you want to isolate something in the foreground, or if you want to create a "storytelling" image with a really wide depth of field.
Interesting thought.
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