Lytro Unveils Perspective Shift and Living Filters

Lytro, creator of the world’s first consumer light field camera, announced it will unveil a new light field technology capability for the Lytro camera with Perspective Shift as well as new creative tools with Living Filters. These features will be available to customers starting December 4th via a free Lytro Desktop software update.

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 new way to enhance light field pictures with Living Filters. With a single click, Lytro photographers will be able to apply one of nine interactive filters to their pictures and change the look of the picture based on light field depth. Unlike traditional digital photo filters, Living Filters create additional effects as viewers interact with a picture. Living Filters is a free update to Lytro Desktop and works on all Lytro light field pictures, including retroactively.

New Living Filters:

  • Carnival: Twist and distort your picture as you refocus and change perspective as if you’re in a funhouse of mirrors.

  • Crayon: Add a touch of color to a monochrome version of your picture. Click to focus and add color into your scene, or change your perspective and add color back into your scene as you explore.

  • 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.

If you’d like to know more about how Living Filters work as well as future possibilities, read this whitepaper about the science inside.

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Source: Lytro