Unless carrying a heavy DSLR and a pack of lenses across your back is your idea of a fun time, chances are you depend on a smartphone for what are arguably less-than-desirable photos of your favorite moments.

But what if getting outstanding results from your photographs with proper depth of field and shutter speed settings was as simple as clicking on different parts of a photo after it’s been uploaded to your computer? No – we’re not talking about Photoshop wizardry here.

Thankfully, plenoptic light field photography cameras, which capture both the intensity of light from within a scene and the direction that the light rays are traveling in space, make this possible. Unlike conventional cameras, which only record light intensity, photographs taken with a light field camera let photographers compose their final shots after a scene has been captured thanks to the wealth of usable scene data captured. In other words, these “living pictures” let a photographer – regardless of skill level – control critical image variables that otherwise would have to have been decided the moment a photograph was taken if done with a conventional camera.

What better way to further explain the concept than to show a few examples?

hint: don’t forget to click on different objects within the frame!

The photos above were all taken with the Lytro ILLUM light field camera and are all single exposures – again, meaning that a single picture was taken, but enough data was captured from the scene that users have the creative freedom to adjust aperture, customize animations and change focal points to create multiple results long after they’ve gone home. Who wouldn’t want that?

If taking better pictures and stepping into the future of photography sounds good to you, the Lytro ILLUM is currently 73% off of the retail price of $1,300 and can be yours for just $349.99.


The Lytro Illum Camera: $1,300 $349.99 (73% Off + Free Shipping)

Features Include:

  • Take “living pictures” you can adjust afterwards
  • Refocus your shots, change their perspective & view them in 3D, even in post-production
  • Use familiar digital camera features: auto focus, exposure mode, etc.
  • Capture the angle of every light ray in a scene
  • Easily carry it anywhere: design is compact, durable & lightweight
  • Shoot photos at an optimal resolution for sharing online
  • Access an array of tools including photo filters & uploading software

Get yours here.