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Mountain View, Calif. – Light-field camera maker Lytro said Friday it is bringing new Perspective Shift and Living Filters features to its light-field-camera technology.
The features will be available to customers starting Dec. 4t via a free Lytro Desktop software update.
“By capturing the light field, the Lytro camera lets photographers achieve things that were never before possible,” stated Ren Ng, Lytron founder and executive chairman. “The first groundbreaking capability was focusing pictures after they were taken and now we are excited to offer Perspective Shift, which brings living pictures to life in an entirely new way”
Perspective Shift lets Lytro photographers interactively change the point of view in a picture after it has been taken. On a computer or mobile device, viewers can move the living picture in any direction – left, right, up, down and all around.
When pictures are shared to the web, Facebook and Twitter, friends can experience Perspective Shift without needing any special software. Perspective Shift also works retroactively on any light field pictures previously taken with a Lytro camera.
In addition to Perspective Shift, Lytro announced a series of “Living Filters” designed to enhance light field pictures.
One of nine interactive filters can be applied to pictures to change the look based on light field depth. The Living Filters are a free update to Lytro Desktop and works on all Lytro light field pictures, including retroactively.
Living Filters include the following:
• Carnival: Twists and distorts images during refocusing to change perspective like a funhouse mirror.
• Crayon: Adds a touch of color to a monochrome version of a picture. Click to focus and add color into your scene, or change your perspective and add color back into a scene.
• Glass: Put a sheet of virtual glass into your scene. Everything in front of where you click will be unchanged, and everything behind will appear to be behind a piece of frosted glass.
• Line Art: Reduce your scene to a grayscale outline, seeing more detailed lines where you refocus.
• Mosaic: Create a tiled mosaic in the out-of-focus parts of your scene as you click or change your perspective.
• Blur+: Significantly enhance the amount of blur in the out-of-focus parts of your scene.
• Pop: Make parts of your scene pop out with extra detail and vibrancy when those areas are clicked.
• Film Noir: Add a moody and stylized black and white look to your pictures, with a little bit of extra detail and color where you click.
• 8-Track: Bring back the ‘70s with this filter that adds an aged, vignetted look to your pictures. Click to un-age parts of your scene and see them come back to life, disco suit not required.
“Having the ability to play with tiles of your living pictures while you refocus with Mosaic or to give an evening shot more drama with Film Noir will let Lytro camera owners and their friends and family have even more fun with the light field and the living pictures it creates,” said Eric Cheng, director of photography at Lytro.
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