The Future of Photography According to Lytro Creator Ren Ng

In this video, Ren Ng discusses the history and future of photography. Ng has spent years studying light field technology and computational science. He created the Lytro camera in 2006 and is continuing to develop some mind-boggling photographic technology. This particular video is from a recent TEDx event in San Jose. At about the 13:35 mark you'll see the newest Lytro feature - the ability to change the perspective of an image. He also talks a little bit about what he calls computational photography, "the intersection of computer graphics and technology."

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Shannon Wimberly's picture

does anybody know what the temperature will be in NY this week?

Nikita Sevostyanov's picture

35 in C or 95 in average

Jacob DelaRosa's picture

Look, this stuff really is great and all, like THE stuff of science fiction, but can you imagine how much a photographer's workflow would be crushed by having to select the focus/perspective/whatever else this Einstein thinks up for EVERY STINKIN PHOTO? I mean, whatever happened to getting it in the can on the first shot? Just sayin'...

I would love to have that power Jacob, how many photos we deleted every day for not be in focus and have the right perspective, or vise versa ?

Mr. Ren Ng says that Daguerre "invented" photography in 1839? My history book tells me it was Nicéphore Niépce in 1816.

Ricardo's picture


both work together
but unfortunatelly Niepce died two years before...
and Daguerre registered a patent for the camera in 1839
the FRench Gov. give him a prize retirement cause this

so the Photography is a french thing....

 Nicéphore Niépce invented it; Daguerre patented it.

Ronald Stewart's picture

Oh how I hate that this is currently OS exclusive.. I literally just went to the website with intent to buy and found out.....

Simple solution.   :-)

Julian Jones's picture

Wait I get it now, the "newer technology" he's talking about is very similar to the Photoshop effect that allows you to move an object within a scene. The "computer graphics" part of what he is saying, is basically recreating the "other" areas you can't see by sampling areas around it. 

I think people aren´t seeing the scope of what Ren is talking about. He is not talking about traditional photography. Think about 3D photos, and then think about holographics, what he is talking about is the ability to create 3d images that in the future will be able to be displayed on holographic projectors in 3D. You will be able to walk around the image and see the image in 3D just like the holo projectors in Star Wars.

Deckard: Enhance 224 to 176. Enhance, stop. Move in, stop. Pull out, track right, stop. Center in, pull back. Stop. Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop. Enhance 34 to 36. Pan right and pull back. Stop. Enhance 34 to 46. Pull back. Wait a minute, go right, stop. Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop. Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there.