LYTRO ILLUM is just weeks away from shipping and it’s time to start planning where to take your camera on your next photo-shoot. In preparation for this momentous occasion, we wanted to share some of our favorite places to shoot with light field cameras so that you can hit the ground running.
1. Animal Safari
Perhaps a bit cliché, but imagine a cheetah chasing an antelope through the savannah, dust being stirred up as they trample the dry earth. You focus on the antelope’s eyes, pupils dilated from the shock of the ambush, then refocus two meters back, a spotted carnivore of unparalleled speed, with its mouth agape bares sharp teeth, glistening with wet saliva intent on piercing their target.
2. Street Faire
Where there are people, there will be picture opportunities. You can never predict what people will do when they gather together in a festive atmosphere, with good food and drink, and a little bit of music. This concoction of unpredictability and chemistry present a flood of emotions to arise. A living picture that captures multiple responses will be far richer.
Perhaps we are a biased being located so close to the Golden Gate Bridge, but bridges are simply fantastic subjects for LYTRO ILLUM. As the pinnacle of 17th century engineering, their intricate designs, piers, and repetitive beams make for ideal refocus points as they fade into the vanishing point.
4. Construction Site
This subject is halfway between Lori Nix’s miniature photography and bridges. When photographing unfinished structures, you inevitably have a plethora of refocusing points, but with LYTRO ILLUM’s virtual camera and after-the-fact tilt shift capabilities, you can even manipulate the sense of scale. Just remember to wear a hard hat.
The aquarium just might be the perfect place to start practicing with LYTRO ILLUM. The smaller the tank, the more confined the subject, so you can practice with multiple focal distances and zoom without your subject wandering out of frame. You will need a steady hand in darker aquariums, but the results are worth your patience.
6. Big City Streets
Perhaps the ultimate expression of this subject would be the streets of Shinjuku, Tokyo, with thousands of neon and LED signs fighting for your attention. To make the picture even better, take it at night with a long exposure and see what happens. Photography scavenger-hunt anyone?
7. Dinosaur Bones
Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? The combination of giant scale and intricate details preserved in fossils make for unparalleled parallax effects. Even better, many museums are well lit to cast dramatic shadows that further emphasize depth. The next time you stop by a museum with your LYTRO ILLUM, be sure to visit the long-necked Diplodocus and the sharp-toothed Tyrannosaurus.
Swings, seesaws, monkey bars and sandcastles. If motion blur is a problem you’ve given your kids too much sugar.
It doesn’t really matter what sport you’re shooting whether it’s cars, motorcycles, horses, or bicycles. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. Usually the winner is the person smiling at the end, but what if they aren’t? There are so many storytelling possibilities from start to finish that only a living picture with LYTRO ILLUM can capture.
Or dinner. Whichever time of day flatters the colors and textures of what you are about to eat. Nothing stimulates the senses quite like food photography. With LYTRO ILLUM’s constant f/2 lens, macro capabilities, and 3D presentation mode, you won’t want to look at your pictures with an empty stomach.