Basic shooting tips:
- Experiment: Many people say it helps to think about taking light field pictures as a whole new art form. Others say most of what they already know about photography still applies.
- Get Close: Are you already close? Get closer. If you see a bit of blur, you've got it. Start with the zoom slider all the way to the left, with the first generation Lytro camera about 6 or 7 inches (15 - 18 cm) away from your foreground subject.
- Think in 3D: Compose your pictures with multiple subjects at different distances.
- Playing with Zoom : When you do zoom to higher ranges, don't forget "if you see a bit of blur, you've got it" still applies... get close to your foreground subject with your zoom until it blurs a bit.
- Steady as she goes: Hold the Lytro camera steady when you take each picture.
- Review early and often: Transfer your pictures to Lytro Desktop for review often-- perhaps every dozen pictures or so, at least for a little while-- to learn what works, and what doesn't work.
- Practice, practice, practice: The very best way to learn how to take light field pictures is to practice taking them. Have fun!
- Make sure to review details on the controls and features of the Lytro camera before you get too far in your shooting experiments.
- Your Lytro camera is ready to shoot out of the box, with its battery approximately half-charged.
- When you feel you're ready, move on to deeper info on shooting technique.
NOTE: This article applies to the first generation Lytro camera only.