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This article was published on July 23, 2014


    500px now supports light-field photos shot with the $1,599 Lytro Illum camera

    500px now supports light-field photos shot with the $1,599 Lytro Illum camera
    Nick Summers
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    Nick Summers

    Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

    500px is one of the most respected photo-sharing sites on the Web and to further emphasize its commitment to the art form, the company is supporting images shot with Lytro‘s unusual light-field cameras.

    For those who need a primer, Lytro cameras are fitted with a unique sensor that captures numerous characteristics of light rays, including their color, intensity and direction. The result is a photo that feels 3D; viewers can drag their cursor to shift the perspective, or click to manually set the focal point. It’s hardly the holodeck, but light-field photography is already gaining momentum.

    Last month, Lytro open-sourced the Web viewer required to view its camera’s images. A partnership with 500px was also announced and now, we’re able to see that bear fruit. Lytro now has an official 500px page where it can highlight and display the community’s best ‘Living Pictures.’ In addition, Lytro Illum camera owners can easily upload their light-field images and share them online.

    In this scenario, everyone wins. 500px has a unique advantage over its competitors, photographers have a place to show off their images and Lytro gains additional exposure for its unique light-field cameras. Hooray!

    Read More: Will light field photography replace DSLRs? Lytro’s CEO Jason Rosenthal says yes — eventually / Lytro’s new $1,599 ‘Illum’ camera could kickstart light-field photography

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