Shortly after midnight on the evening of July 20, 2011, my phone rang. On the other end of the line was Philip Scott Andrews, a photographer who currently works for the New York Times. Philip had received a Lytro prototype camera and was charging it up on his way to the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to photograph the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Philip has been photographing NASA Space Shuttle missions for many years, and having a Lytro on the ground at the landing site for STS-135, the last Space Shuttle mission ever, was very special—the beginning of a new era in photography juxtaposed with the end of another era. We posted a few of Philip’s light field pictures this week and managed to catch up with him for a short interview. Continue reading
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
Hello, everyone! My name is Eric Cheng, and I am Director of Photography at Lytro. I’m responsible for bridging the gap between light field cameras and folks like you, who will be taking Lytro cameras into the field sometime in the near future.
If you’ve been to our living picture gallery, you’ve seen the work of photographers in the Lytro Professional Shooter Program (PSP), a small group of forward-thinking artists who lept at the chance to be the first to use Lytro prototype cameras in the field.
Through a mutual friend, I met Richard Koci Hernandez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia journalist and professor at U.C. Berkeley, and was immediately struck by his obvious love of—and obsession with—storytelling. Koci became one of our first Lytro PSPs, and has been working magic with light field photography ever since.
Over the weekend, I interviewed Koci about his early experiences as a light field photographer:
EC: What were your first impressions about the idea of light field photography? Continue reading
We had a great time celebrating at our launch party on Wednesday night. This living picture features our own Tom Hanley, who spent much of the evening with a Lytro cocktail in one hand, while using the other to monitor our server capacity from his iPhone. (You might also recognize him from our video.)
We’ve loved the overwhelming response. Thank you! We know you are curious and have lots of questions. We’ve answered many in our FAQs. If you register to reserve a camera, you’ll get insider access to more details as we prepare to sell the first Lytro light field camera later this year.
For now, we invite you to play with and share new living pictures that were taken at the party.