Just a quick post to let you know about two interesting developments on the area of digital photography. There has been much talk in photography circles over the last while about capturing “Light Fields”. The good news is that an affordable light field camera called the Lytro is now available. Read on to find out more. Have you ever taken a photo only to realise later that its too blurry to use? Well Adobe may have a solution to this with its new Deblurring technology that it demonstrated at the MAX 2011 show as part of its Photoshop Sneak Peeks. Check out the video link below to find out more and to see the demo.
Light Field Camera – Lytro
Traditional camera sensors take incoming light and average it out to produce an image with a single plane of focus. A Light field camera operates in very different way by recording the colour, intensity and the vector direction of incoming light. This means the plane of focus can be selected after the photo is taken. It will be very interesting to see how this technology will change the way we take and view photographs. By the way check out the crazy form factor of the camera. I’m not too sure about it, its a radical departure from what we are used to but I’m sure there is a good reason for this.
Adobe Photoshop Deblurring Plugin
The second item which was demonstrated recently by Adobe at the MAX 2011 show is a Deblurring plugin for Photoshop. Judging by the demo this plugin can take a fairly blurred photo, analyze it and produce a correct sharp version. The demo is amazing and if this plugin really does what is says on the tin it will have a huge impact by transforming once unusable blurry images into perfectly focused sharp images. This technology was demonstrated as part of Adobe’s Sneak Peeks, this means there is no guarantee that this technology will be introduced in the next version of Photoshop or if ever. Although I cannot imagine Adobe keeping this technology on the shelf, its just too important.