A friend forwarded me a link to this video of Dave Story, Vice President Interactive Design at Adobe, demonstrating a 3D lens that captures 20 images simultaneously with a version of Photoshop software featuring a “focus brush”. The concept of creating a photograph with 3-D pixels and manipulating the display with a “focus brush” is quite a neat concept. In theory I think any technology that opens the doors to new paths of innovation and creativity is great. None-the-less I have visions of unrealistic images being over-created as we see now with HDR. Unlike HDR this technology requires a shift in lens technology on top of needed computer software and hardware upgrades. As a result it may be a while before we see this being widely available.
Adobe Demonstrates Computational Photography and 3D Lens – Audioblog.fr
Thanks to Eliya Selhub for pointing me to this!
After watching the video and in the time it took to write this entry to this point something seeped out of my memory… I have seen this before but in a more rudimentary demonstration. Back in November of 2006 I had reads about this, but then it was termed “4D light field technology” by Stanford researchers (test photos & movie included). It’s good to see the technology finding its way into practical applications.
[tags]Adobe, computational photography, photography, 3D lens, focus brush, digital photography, digital manipulation, light field, 4D light field, technology, Stanford, Ren Ng, plenoptic camera, MIT, John Wang, Edward Adelson, 4D camera, [/tags]