Lytro, maker of the Lytro Light Field camera, has announced new light field capabilities for the camera. The new creative tools, called Perspective Shift and Living Filters, will be available via a free update to the Lytro Desktop app on December 5th, and will work with living pictures previously taken.
Perspective Shift lets you change the point of view in a picture after it's been taken. You can move the image in any direction, and the living picture moves as if you're tilting the camera around in the original image. Angles are limited, but it provides a three-dimensional feel to a two-dimensional image, and you can even see a little more around the subject.
One interesting side-effect of applying Perspective Shift is that all image planes snap into focus in a living picture, akin to a focus-stacked photo. At the moment though, this all-in-focus feature is just part of Perspective Shift and not yet available as a separate option, if you want to export JPEGs you'll still need to select a focal point like before. Lytro says that all-in-focus is a popular feature request and may debut as a feature by itself one day.
Check out this video to see it in action, and play with the interactive living pictures to see for yourself how Perspective Shift works.
In addition to Perspective Shift, Lytro also announced Living Filters. With a single click, you can apply one of nine interactive filters to change the look of your living pictures based on the light field. Unlike traditional digital photo filters, Living Filters are interactive. For example, you can apply the Glass effect on your image, and everything out of focus will appear to be behind a piece of frosted glass. You can change where the effect is applied by changing the focus point.
Some Living Filters like Film Noir look like they're a straight global effect, but when you click around the image you'll notice that some subtle local effects, like the filter's vignette, will change as you shift the focal point. To apply a filter, you'll need to apply it using the updated Lytro Desktop app, and then re-upload the filtered image to Lytro.com.
While Living Filters are interactive, once a filter has been applied viewers cannot change filters on the Lytro website. Lytro has a gallery of Living Filters images, here's the list of all of them:
The Lytro Light Field camera originally debuted in late 2011, and was only available on its website. It hit local stores in mid-October this year, with retail prices of S$648 for the 8GB version and S$778 for the 16GB version.