A conventional camera records the intensity of light reflecting from an object in order to produce an image. A Light Field camera, sometimes known as plenoptic camera, captures additional information about the light field emanating from a scene; that is, the intensity of light in a scene, and also the direction that the light rays are travelling in space.
This means that an image produced by a light field camera is a ‘living’ object which can be manipulated after it has been recorded, for example by changing the perspective or the point of focus. You can produce various types of 3D images, or animate the image using the recorded data.
The images in this video are all ‘still’ images recorded using a Lytro Illum light field camera, and subsequently animated and strung together to make a short video.
I’d only had the camera a few hours when I took these shots, so this is very much an experiment. But I’m looking forward to getting to know the camera better and exploring the possibilities.
The photographs were taken at the Sheffield Hallam University Creative Art Practice 2016 Degree Show. Many thanks to Jake Smithies for allowing me to roam around his excellent illustrations. Find out more at www.jakesmithies.com.