Wow. Photographic software and technology is getting outrageously awesome.
It’s a bit scary, actually. The lines between a true professional and an amateur who can afford some hardware with the right software is getting slimmer by the day:
Invented by Adobe, Plenoptic consists on a very smart combination of special lens for your camera and software for your PC or Mac.
First, the lens’ optics atomize the picture in thousands of tiny versions of the scene, all different from each other, at different angles and positions. When you add these lenses to your DSLR camera, the sensor would capture a huge grid of images made of all these little images. The effect is similar to the eyes of a fly.
Then, the software can take this grid and combine the versions into a single one. Using a simple slider, you can change the focus of the image in any way you want, picking any plane you desire to be in perfect, crystal-clear focus.
Makes you really think about our professions as a whole, right?