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Light Field Photography with a Plenoptic Camera

Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera.jpg

I’ve been keeping my eye on plenoptic lenses since I saw this Stanford Research paper on the topic back in 2005. In layman’s terms: with a Plenoptic Camera, you’ll never take an out-of-focus image again. Using a special lens composed of an array of micro-lenses, more information is captured than your usual camera setup (see image below from Laptop Magazine):

From LaptopMag.com

Special software takes the above image and resolves it into a traditional photo. The kicker is, though, the user can choose where the focal point is during this post-processing step. It’s pretty amazing and will revolutionize photography as we know it. Here’s a video demo:

Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera [Stanford University]

Never Take an Out-of-Focus Picture Again: Adobe’s New Plenoptic Lens Tech [Laptop Magazine] via @AngeloAlcid

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September 24, 2010 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Science and Technology | , , , ,

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