Hey there geniuses!
Advice welcomed though professional expertise needed…
I’ve been tasked with building a piece of software that processes “plenoptic/light-field camera” data. Simply - in real life - this means we’d add a “microlens array” on top of our camera’s sensor to take unique pictures. A microlens array is a clear piece of glass with little bumps on it (like the eyes of a housefly) and there are a number of different ways we can arrange these bumps.
What I want to do is create a Blender file that has a virtual camera with a microlens array attached to it. With a few clicks, you should be able to swap out a range of different microlens configurations and environments to photograph.
The photos taken by the virtual camera must be perfectly photorealistic and mimic the real light-field dataset enough to be interpreted by my software. All resources here.
Who can best help:
Someone who understands how light and cameras work in Cycles inside and out. We can’t afford to kinda get a replica dataset, it needs to be indistinguishable a real plenoptic camera. I’ve thought to use Blender because I’ve built large photographic datasets using it in the past with good results.
If you think you can help:
Send me a message and we can arrange a deal. We will start with a one hour consultation to discuss the problem and your possible approaches. From there we’ll hopefully finalise a solution for mass-acquisition of data within a week.
Please reach out with any questions