By Mark Chan
I am not a professional photographer, but I live for my photography and LYTRO ILLUM is my muse.
My love affair with cameras started in college while I was majoring in Studio Art at the University of California at Davis. Photography was a required course. Back then; I compared photography to using tracing paper to copy a masterpiece. A thousand dollars worth of film and photo paper later, I realized how wrong I was.
I loved the artistic and technical challenges presented with film photography. Film photography wasn’t just tracing a scene in front of me, but using my soul as a mirror to reflect feelings and emotions through the light entering the camera lens. The technical mastery gained with my father’s hand-me-down SLR pushed me to differentiate myself from other photographers with artistic intention. Yet, with film, monetary expense and practicality were a huge burden to my execution. My wallet simply couldn’t afford the risks of exploration with expensive film, being locked into film speed, and a terminal number of exposures.
Later my progression into digital photography lifted the heavy burden of expense, but exposed a dilemma with artistic integrity. In college, my fellow photography students started taking a carpet-bombing approach to digital photography… and proved successful to my chagrin. Sometimes they would show me an incredible shot and I would ask them how they achieved it. Their ubiquitous replies were: “I took a bunch and got lucky.” While luck is an inherent part of photography, I feel that the random odds approach of image capture undermines the intent of the photographer and artistic merit.
When I take a picture, I put thought, feeling, and emotion into it. I’m not just trying to get a lucky shot. Light field photography with LYTRO ILLUM brings skill and technical expertise back to digital photography. You can carpet-bomb with LYTRO ILLUM, but you won’t be successful. By adding the extra dimensions of depth and interactivity, LYTRO ILLUM makes getting a lucky living picture exponentially harder. Multi-dimensional composition of living pictures with LYTRO ILLUM paces my shots and gives me time to think about the light in front of me before I open the shutter. LYTRO ILLUM reinvigorates the challenge of photography that I originally fell in love with.
Living pictures require artistic intention and skill to dictate the story, not random luck. With LYTRO ILLUM in my hands, I can finally sing unburdened with my own unique voice. Give LYTRO ILLUM a shot and discover your own perspective.
Photo credit: Mark Chan