allisonimagining asked: Saw that you made a post about the Lytro Camera! Well, I'm writing an article for my school about the camera and the new technology and I was wondering how you feel about it? I mean, you don't need to have used one before, I'd love to hear what you think it means for the future of photography!
I find the concept to be quite interesting, and I am considering buying one to play with. It is certainly far from perfect and won’t give you the quality of shot that a really talented photographer would be able to achieve. But, that’s really not their point.
It enables the average consumer to take a decent photo and decide what to do with it later. You’ve probably noticed how addicted people are to using photo filters on Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc. Lytro takes that much, much farther. Now, you can quickly take one photo of a scene and then decide later what the subject/focus of the photo should be. More importantly, it isn’t some fake digital zoon/interpolated refocusing, which you could do with Photoshop. The original pixels for the entire scene were actually captured and you are just setting the focus where you want later. Doing this with a typical camera means that you have to focus the camera where you want it, take a photo, refocus the camera on another part of the scene, take another photo, over and over again. With the Lytro, you just take one shot.
Some people are complaining that it kills the art of photography. It won’t. It can’t replace the talent of a skilled photographer managing every aspect of a shot to craft something unique and special. But, the Lytro does empower the average photographer and, interestingly, the average consumer of the photos to explore photos in a way that wasn’t possible before.
That’s the other half of what makes this interesting. With the Lytro player, people can now explore the photo and focus on whatever interests them the most. That simply isn’t possible with typical photography. The consumer sees what the photographer wanted them to see. That all changes with Lytro photos. I see it as additive and giving us a new medium to play with.
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