Doubts about Lytro's "focus later" camera

August 25, 2011

You may have noticed that I made no mention here of this technology when the whole world was going on about it a couple of months ago. It's a mind-blowing advent to be sure, but I wonder if it has real, artistic application for prosumer and professional photographers.

Devin Coldewey does a great job summarizing my skepticism with regard to both the real-world practicability of the technology and its potential impact on the art of photography.

[The inventor] describes focusing as "a chore," and believes removing it simplifies the process. In a way, it does -- the way hot dogs simplify meat. Without focus, it's just the record of a bunch of photons. And saying it's a revolution in photography is like saying dioramas are a revolution in sculpture.

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