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
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