Inspiration can be found in a number of ways. Here at Lytro, we find that every time we see a new living picture, it inspires and encourages us to see a scene or object in an entirely new way.
In the case of Jason Bradley, he found himself in a seemingly ordinary scene of guitars at a local music shop. By thinking about the scene in a multi-dimensional way, he transformed the setting into a truly engaging living picture.
The trick here was to add depth to the scene by displaying the dominant guitar horizontally in the foreground. The wall of diverse guitars hanging in the background adds to Jason’s story as it sets a scene for where the picture takes place. These two elements create a more interesting living picture that has a wider refocus range.
The most exciting part about seeing a living picture like this is that a similar type of picture can be shot in a number of ways, with a wide range of objects and in a variety of places. We encourage trying to use this technique to capture a scene of significance to you.
Experiment. Get Creative. Happy Shooting!
In early January during CES, we hosted Lytro’s very first photowalk. Over 40 guests joined us in the lobby of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas for a brief introduction to the camera by our director of photography Eric Cheng and Lytro Pro Shooter Jason Bradley, followed by a chance to get hands-on with the camera. Play with some of the pictures they took, and sign up to be invited when we host a photowalk near you, or subscribe to our Eventbrite RSS feed. Our next scheduled photowalks will be in Boston in February and Austin in March.
Over the past few weeks, Lytro employees and select testers in the field have been using prototype Lytro light field cameras to document their lives outside of the office. We’ve updated our Living Pictures Gallery with 11 new light field pictures; the selection includes pictures taken by Kira Wampler (Lytro’s VP of Marketing), Heather Champ, and professional photographers Jason Bradley and Philip Andrews.
Especially exciting are some of the pictures that Philip took at the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis after STS-135, the last shuttle mission ever. We’ve got an interview with Philip in the works, and will post more about the experience soon.
One of the great things about being at Lytro is getting the opportunity to work with amazing photographers. Jason Bradley is a nature photographer based in Monterey, California. Bradley joined the Lytro Professional Shooter Program (PSP) early on, and was responsible for capturing many of the incredible pictures featured in our living picture gallery. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how he captured some of our most iconic images. Continue reading