Also, Photoshelter is running a [Lytro camera giveaway](http://blog.photoshelter.com/2012/11/lytro-camera-giveaway/) through the end of November. All you have to do is [sign up for their newsletter](http://www.photoshelter.com/luminance/) to be in the running to receive an 8GB Graphite Lytro camera.
Hello, everyone. Lytro's SXSW 2012 panel pages are online for public voting. Please help us get our panels selected for next year's conference! To vote, [login to (or create) your SXSW account](https://auth.sxsw.com/users/sign_up) (free—easy to register), and then click on the thumbs up button at each of the following panel pages: - [Building Active Photography Communities](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/4663) (Eric Cheng) - [Mapping Out the Future of Photography](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/170) (Ren Ng) - [Beyond the Buzz: Maintaining Momentum Post-Launch](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/176) (Kira Wampler) - [Turning PhD Concepts into Cocktail Conversations](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/5991) (Kira Wampler) - [The Creative Class in High Tech](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/6092) (Victoria Hoyle) - [The Customer Is (Mostly) Never Wrong](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/5980) (Chris Macomber) - [Legal Dos and Don'ts From a Startup Veteran](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/3228) (Mariana Antcheva) - [Giving Your Product a Passport](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/5910) (Kristen Berman) - [Form v. Function: Rethinking Conventional Product](http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/6078) (Dave Evans)
I was in Monterey earlier this week and took a [Lytro](http://lytro.com) shot of [Joe Platko](http://www.flickr.com/people/23948026@N02/) with a tiny little lizard on his hand. Immediately after, [Jason Bradley](http://bradleyphotographic.com/) took a shot with his iPhone. Here are the two shots.
"I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Internalizing Lytro light field photography techniques can take time and practice, but there's an easy one that you can master in no time at all. Get a friend to hold an interesting object out in front of him and take a picture, holding your camera really close to the object. We call this picture "the present" (as in the verb, not the noun). Here's a living picture of Alex, one of Lytro's handsome designers, presenting his friend's band's CD:
Here's a picture of me taking that shot. I'm zoomed out all the way (full wide), and the front of my camera is about 4" away from the CD. Note that 4" means 4"—not 6", 8" or 12". I've had Alex tilt the CD so it takes up less of the frame.
You can shoot from further away and still get great refocus by moving backward and zooming in. Here's a shot taken at about 2x zoom (just over half zoomed in everyday mode).
Here's a picture of me taking that picture. I'm zoomed in just over half way in everyday mode (about 2x).
Mastering "the present" gives you an easy way to take highly-refocusable living pictures of your friends. Give it a try!
Here's my eye (self-portrait with a [Lytro](http://lytro.com) camera):
Here's a lovely Italian woman's eye, taken today at a Lytro press conference at the Trienalle in Milan.
Mine looks kinda dead in comparison!
Here's a picture of me taking that picture:
[See the whole album](https://pictures.lytro.com/echeng/stories/9252) in my Lytro gallery.
It is really exciting to be able to post pictures from the Lytro camera, now. :) I posted [50 pictures of Schrep and Erin's cats](https://pictures.lytro.com/echeng/stories/3867)...
Schrep and Erin's cats
... and an [assorted gallery from the past 10 months](http://pictures.lytro.com/echeng/stories/3859), including pictures of [Coco Rocha](http://cocorocha.com/) from our photo shoot back in July of 2011.
[Coco Rocha / Wilhemina NY](http://cocorocha.com/)
[Lytro light field cameras](http://lytro.com) have reached the real world. :)
Congratulations, Lytro team!
Ren, [Baby Kai](http://www.lytro.com/pictures/lyt-14), and [Koci](http://www.richardkocihernandez.com/) are all in the CNN piece on [Lytro](http://lytro.com)!
Here's a sample living picture taken by my friend, [Jason Bradley](http://bradleyphotographic.com):
I'm excited that I can finally talk about what I've been doing for the last 9 months!