If you enjoy street photography, you know that you have to be quick to spot opportunities and that most times, you don’t have much time to fiddle around with your settings – including focusing – before firing off a picture.
How many times have you come home, uploaded your pictures to your laptop, and found that your focus was a bit off from where you would have preferred it to be?
Sure, a lot of times we can crop or post process to hide the minor focus faux pas, but what if we didn’t have to? What if there was a camera that allowed you to point, shoot and think about focus later? Sounds preposterous?
Tell that to Dr. Ren Ng, the developer of the Lytro camera, which does just that. Basically, the camera captures all the information it possibly can about the field of light in front of it, presenting you with a digital image that is adjustable in an almost infinite number of ways. Not only can you change the focus, you can even vary the light levels. And if you have a 3-D ready screen, you can switch between 2D and 3D views or shift the perspective of the scene!
Impressive, eh? Check this picture out – the flowers in the foreground are in clear focus here:
And with just a click of the mouse, I got the background in focus in the picture below:
Want to try it yourself? Head over to Lytro’s gallery of living pictures and give it a whirl!