Zoom is your friend.
In order to compose the most compelling “living pictures”, it is important to learn how to make best use of the Lytro camera’s optical zoom. The best way to understand the effects of zoom is by taking a look at some specific examples.
In this case, the zoom slider should be to the far left. This type of shot is ideal when you are either very close to the subject you’d like to have in the foreground or when you are looking to capture a wider view in the background. As you’ll see from the picture below of our subjects, Mariana and Ankit, the shot is taken with the camera rather close to Mariana’s face. This allowed the photographer to capture a wider scene.
Zoom in Everyday Mode:
You’re probably thinking to yourself that as neat as some close-up shots can be, there are many situations in which you don’t want to be so close to your main subjects. (Especially if the subject is a friend or family member.) It’s for these times that we encourage you to embrace the zoom.
Let’s take another picture of Mariana and Ankit as we did above. When no zoom was used, Mariana and Ankit could be spaced a lesser distance apart and the result was a highly re-focusable picture. This was possible because of Mariana being so close to the camera. Now, assume Mariana wants us to give her some space rather than being so close to her as we take a shot. In this case, we would stand further back from her and zoom-in to frame her in a similar manner. The big difference is that if you want to achieve another highly re-focusable “living picture”, you will need to increase the spacing between the two subjects, to compensate for the zooming in.
What does this all mean?
The main takeaway is that zoom is helpful when you want to compose a living picture, but aren’t physically close to your subject. To get the best re-focusable “living picture” when zooming, your subjects should be further apart from each other than when you are at full wide with no zoom.
Experiment. Get Creative. Happy Shooting!