Lytro gets some Perspective with new camera update

Perspective Shift and Live Filter modes enhance existing Lytro shots

Lytro camera owners will be able to supplement their existing photos as well as new ones with a camera software update that allows slight adjustments in perspective, as well as nine ‘live filter’ modes that alter colour, focus, distortion and add special effects.

Our review of the Lytro light field camera

The Perspective Shift mode will apply to all existing Lytro photos, as well as any new photo that’s taken, after the software update is released at the start of December. By using extra data that’s captured by the camera that isn’t used in the regular re-focusing mode, Perspective Shift lets photo viewers see additional angles within the frame:

To explore Perspective Shift, click and hold, then move your mouse around in a circle.

Like Instagram on bath salts, Lytro’s Live Filter modes aren’t just sepia toning, colour boosts and a bit of fancy vignetting. The Line Art filter, for example, converts your photo into a cartoon drawing, but Lytro’s light field capture comes into play with out-of-focus areas being ‘drawn’ less solidly.

Click to re-focus, click and hold for Perspective Shift.

Similarly, the Carnival mode distorts previously out-of-focus areas like a concave mirror:

Click to re-focus, click and hold for Perspective Shift.

The software revamp will come on December 4, delivered free through an update of the Lytro Desktop software.

Lytro’s Live Filter modes are as follows:

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 colour to a monochrome version of your picture. Click to focus and add colour into your scene, or change your perspective and add colour 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 stylised black and white look to your pictures, with a little bit of extra detail and colour 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.

Lytro founder Ren Ng is predictably excited by the software update: “By capturing the light field, the Lytro camera lets photographers achieve things that were never before possible.

“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.”

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