First up – what is this tech product? Hint #1: No, it’s not the newest line of high-powered lipstick. Give up? It’s called the Lytro camera, and despite its different external appearance, it’s the camera’s internal light-field technology that sets it apart from conventional cameras.
What is light-field technology? Most of us are accustomed to digital cameras that use lenses to capture a single path of light, and without getting too technical, this means light from only one direction reaches the sensor. With Lytro’s camera, the entire light field is secured – “which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space” according to the company’s website.
The bottom line? The captured image is actually a 3D map of whatever was photographed, meaning you don’t have to mess with and wait for auto-focus to take effect, and thus no shutter delay either. The result being you can decide what to focus on AFTER you’ve taken the photo, instead of before.
We just pointed out the benefits of a shoot first and focus later photo technique in a previous post, but the Lytro camera’s capabilities seem to make things even easier. Whether you’re just beginning to learn digital photography or are a seasoned professional, this new camera technology is sure to impress. Try it out for yourself: go from focusing on the foreground to the background with Lytro’s light-field technology.