Lytro Lets You Take “Living” Photos (+ Camera Giveaway)
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Lytro Lets You Take “Living” Photos (+ Camera Giveaway)

Ever watch Harry Potter and wish that our world had the same interactive photos? Although it may never be exactly like that, Lytro gives you the ability to take interactive, living photos. You’ll never have to worry about blurry photos when using the Lytro camera. With these living photos, with one click, you can bring any part of the picture into focus.

And guess what? We’re giving two Lytro cameras away to you, our shutterbug readers!!

Wait, what?? Back to this whole “refocusing” thing. Lytro uses light field capture technology to give you the ability to refocus your pictures, after taking the photo. Instead of freezing a single moment of light like normal cameras, it records the whole light field. Essentially, it’s like using a video camera to record the light settings during one moment instead of using a camera. It captures the field and reconstructs the scene so that you can view it in different ways after taking the picture. Then you’re free to focus or refocus the picture, change your point of view, tilt the photo… the possibilities are endless.

After hearing about the awesomeness that is Lytro, we definitely had to get our hands on it. And not only was it fun to use, it looks pretty cool too.  It’s light, easy to carry around and comes in a bunch of cool colors!

What’s great about the camera is that not only are there default settings, there’s also a creative mode for when you get to pro status. In creative mode, you have more control over zoom and exactly what you can refocus. Afterwards, we just plugged in the camera and uploaded our pictures like a normal camera. Despite its super advanced technology, it’s definitely user-friendly.

Even though the pictures are “living”, you can share the picture in all the normal ways (email, social media, etc.). Lytro also has a great community website where you can share and view pictures with other Lytro owners! To refocus a picture, just click anywhere on any of the Lytro pictures on this post and a little square will show up while it works to refocus pictures. Double click and you can zoom in or out too!

Now, about that giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Lytro to give you and a friend a pair of Lytros, one in Seaglass and one in Moxie Pink.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out the Brit + Co. content survey – we want to know what you think about the site and how we can make it better in 2013.

2. Share a link to your favorite Lytro photo from the Lytro gallery.

3. Tag a friend who loves photography gadgets as much as you do! (Tagging is just like on Facebook, start with @ and start typing your friend’s name.)

UPDATE: Congrats to Shayla Wilson for winning this giveaway!

Submit your entry in the comments below or send a note to hello@brit.co. Your entry should look like this:

This giveaway closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday, December 19th. As always, the winner will be chosen at random.

How awesome are these “living” photos? Such a great new way to capture images.

If you have any questions about this giveaway or just want to say hi, give us a shout in the comments below or shoot a note to hello@brit.co.