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All posts tagged "depth of field"


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lytro Announces the Lytro Camera; Focus After Shooting Now Reality?

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:05 PM

http://allthingsd.com/20111019/lytr...amera-revealed/

"Today in San Francisco, digital camera and imaging start-up Lytro is unveiling a consumer digital camera that it claims will be the biggest technological jump since we started talking megapixels over 20 years ago."

Well, this is turning out to be some week. First the Canon EOS-1D X, now Lytro is announcing a shipping product of their technology. It's developing right now, but it seems to be simply called "Lytro", and will come with an 8x zoom lens, starting at a bright f/2.0. The camera captures "11 megarays", whatever that means. In an odd way of segmenting product that is more akin to smartphones than cameras, there will be an 8GB model at US$400 and a 16GB model at US$500. Ships in early 2012.

Edit: The form factor is certainly different, and having only two buttons mean it is definitely consumer-friendly. This could well be a disruptive camera, though a 1.5" LCD screen may not be that well received by many. Not to mention no user-replaceable battery and memory. Still it is interesting, and might send a message about simplicity to the traditional camera companies. Plus using a square aspect ratio reminds me of using medium format 6x6 cameras. Lots more coverage at the links below, so check them out!

More coverage:

Engadget, Engadget Hands-on

DPReview

TheVerge


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lytro's Allows You to Worry About Focus After You Shoot

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://blog.digitalrev.com/2011/06/...st-focus-later/

"Well, a company by the name of Lytro (sounds a bit like diet supplement or something) has apparently solved all those issues by creating a technology that will let you take the photo first and focus it later on your computer, according to a New York Times article."

Lytro has been making the news with their announcement of a camera that can capture an incredible depth of field first for post-processing depth of field effects later, but part of me wonders whether photographers want to spend more time in front of the computer as it is already? Even for a personal shoot, I easily wind up with 10-20 photos I want to keep, and spending the bare minimum 5 minutes in an image editing program for each means 1-2 hours in front of the computer!

Talk of technology in DSLRs seems a bit premature; Lytro seems to be targeting consumers with their first camera, and are going it alone without licensing the tech to the usual camera manufacturers. Application in a DSLR might be used to correct back and front focus issues however. Maybe a smart DSLR could keep the data as metadata, and present the option to move the focus distance in a RAW editor. But once again, do photographers want to spend more time in post-processing?

As for consumer compacts, this might be a way to get depth of field effects without buying a large sensor camera that is likely to be larger and more complicated to use. I wonder if the average consumer will be that interested in such a camera though. Maybe Lytro should just license the tech to mobile phone companies instead; that could well be a real win right there.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Get Crazy Depth of Field with the Brenizer Method

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 12:00 AM

http://photojojo.com/content/tutori...renizer-method/

"Do you dream of faster lenses, larger apertures, and ice cream? We do too! Too bad, brand new lenses don't drop into our laps everyday. Fortunately, photographer Ryan Brenizer has developed a way to get specular results from your thrifty fifty or a basic kit zoom lens. By stitching together multiple shots, Ryan makes impossibly shallow depths of field, possible."

This is something I'm going to have to try - it's extremely creative! Definitely not the kind of thing you'd tend to think of in terms of getting this great-looking effect. He also has a video up on Facebook that explains the process. If anyone has tried this method, please let me know how it turned out!


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