Oct 16

Lytro Manual Controls: 20 great LightField Pictures taken in Manual Mode

Lytro’s LightField Camera recently gained manual controls for shutter speed, ISO light sensitivity, ND filter and exposure correction (AE lock; details here). After a stroll through some living picture albums, we’ve compiled some excellent examples of LightField pictures taken with manual controls.
Have a look at our favourites:

Colored water droplets

(Taken with 1/8 s shutter speed, ISO 80, ND filter on, $18 strobe light, some food coloring and 3ml pipettes.)

Are you using manual controls? Show us some of your favourite LightField pictures!

CA-101: highway traffic at night (aleks)

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Oct 10

More LightField Power in Your Hands: Manual Control for your Lytro Camera!

More LightField Power in Your Hands: Manual Control for your Lytro Camera! (Photo: Eric Cheng and Alan Sailer) Coinciding with the first round of international sales, Lytro has just announced the latest version (v1.1) of their camera firmware.
Most importantly, the camera now features a set of manual camera control options that lets their users explore new aspects of LightField creativity.

As soon as you enable Manual Controls (swipe up, tap the “Settings” icon and activate “Manual Controls”), you’ll be able to adjust the following camera settings:

  • Shutter Speed: 1/250 to 8 seconds
  • ISO Sensitivity: 80 – 3200
  • Neutral Density (ND) Filter: toggle on/off (-4 equivalent f-stops)
  • Auto Exposure (AE) Lock: long-press to lock auto-exposure while you adjust your scene

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Apr 25

How to take better Lytro pictures: The best Tips for new LightField Photographers

You recently got your own Lytro LightField Camera? Good for you!
But now what?
To start taking Living Pictures the way they were meant to be taken, check out this little Lytro introduction:


We’ve also collected some tips to help you get familiar with LightField photography. They will help you to take better, more dramatic refocusable pictures with your Lytro camera.

Tell a story

It’s best if you already have an idea of what “story” you’d like to tell with your picture. For example, you could “hide” something in the background, or align objects in a way that your viewers can focus on them individually.

Example: Create a hide-and-seek LightField picture like this:

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Mar 06

Lytro picture taking: Everyday mode vs. Creative mode

As DP Review explains in its recent Lytro review, the Lytro LightField camera offers two distinct shooting modes: Everyday mode and Creative mode.

Lytro picture taking: Everyday mode vs. Creative mode

What’s the difference, you might ask?
The Lytro camera is designed to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. That means that you don’t have a lot of control in terms of options, just zoom controls and a shutter button. However, you can override auto exposure, activate a sort-of macro mode, and improve quality on a limited refocus range. Continue reading