With LYTRO ILLUM, we are aiming to introduce not just a novel piece of technology, but a whole new medium for storytellers to creatively capture visual experiences in their purest form. To showcase this unprecedented style of multi-dimensional imagery, we recently put the new camera in the hands of five leading visual storytellers – Anna Webber, Kyle Thompson, Brian Nevins, Lori Nix and RomanLeo.
Last week, we exclusively released to Digital Photography Review a behind-the-scenes video that documents the camera’s breathtaking maiden voyage through the lenses of these creative pioneers. We asked each of them to create a series of photographs for a living gallery of emotions, including hope, love, fear, rage and grief. The documentary follows them from coast to coast in their quest to explore the camera’s innovative technology in a deeper, more intimate way. From New York City to Oregon, the documentary provides a glimpse into the world of light field photography that will redefine the artistic conversation for years to come.
"It’s about finding the depth — pushing the composition to really give the viewer something to explore," Webber says of LYTRO ILLUM. For action photographer Brian Nevins, it’s about "trying to achieve a deeper storytelling with these images. I’d like the viewer of some of these images to not only feel like they’re there, but to also feel like they can see what the person in my frame is seeing as well."
What emotions would you capture with LYTRO ILLUM? How would you set up a shot to demonstrate hope and love? Are there specific subjects you’d use to capture fear, rage or grief? Enter your ideas into “The Ultimate Lytro Photo Experience” contest and you might get the opportunity to bring your ideas to life, similar to the five photographers in the documentary.
To enter the contest, pre-order your new LYTRO ILLUM and submit three of your own 2D photos to demonstrate how you would tell a unique story with the camera. Winners will go on an all-expenses paid, behind-the-scenes photo shoot with Lytro and a prominent photographer in an exotic location.