What Makes a Great Picture?

What makes a photo stand out? Find out how National Geographic editors pick their favorite Your Shot images.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

It lets you refocus images AFTER you shoot them. It does 2D and 3D and more. Here’s the new Lytro camera, coming in 2012. lytro.com lets you order this 9 camera. I can’t wait, here CEO/founder Ren Ng tells me how it works.

48 Responses to “What Makes a Great Picture?”

  1. AntiIgnorantDimwit Reply July 8, 2012 at 6:10 am

    A prerequisite for the job I’m afraid.

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  3. MultiHappyballs Reply July 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

    She has a nice mouth

  4. crayfish + duck face Oo ? what the…

  5. JessicaLoveAllRaces Reply July 8, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I found Absolutely Amazing pictures here : Infinity-3.tumblr.com
    These photographers got fantastic shots, absolutely unreal. . . Your welcome

  6. Ew! Chimps!

  7. When I saw the chimps, it made me cry :’-(

  8. the caribou picture is unreal!

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  10. theres a gecko on my pie!

  11. That is a Red-headed Woodpecker and Woodpeckers have very long tongues with points on the end that help them stab and catch the bugs they eat!. The other bird was waiting for just the right time to grab the bug from the woodpeckers tongue .

  12. That is a Red-headed Woodpecker and Woodpeckers have very long tongues with points on the end that help them stab and catch the bugs they eat!. The other bird was waiting for just the right time to grab the bug from the woodpeckers tongue .

  13. TheMesothelioma1 Reply July 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

    the most important things is device and the technique.

  14. those who are stating that it is not bird tongue and is a worm instead.. i have downloaded the picture of it from netgeo site and enlarge it on ps … its seems that the beak is open,,, so if it was a worm it would have slipped away,,,,

    therefore i go for a tongue.. beside they research and then state… netgeo would have also checked the genuinity of the pic…

  15. I like the photo with the soldiers and apes….. nice….

  16. the one with the crayfish is honestly not interesting at all. its just a girly friend photo imo

  17. i love the soldiers

  18. no, the white edges are caused by the backlighting coming from the truck

  19. brokenfingers93 Reply July 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    3:07 somebody maybe knows the link to that picture ? please , i need to find out . thanx a lot .

  20. 1:44 Naughty spuare.

  21. assuming they know what they are talking about just cause they are with Nat Geo, is the same as saying “Well he is the president, so he knows what’s best”… 😉

  22. JanErikEdvartsen Reply July 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    If that’s the bird’s tongue then that’s some serious slapstick cartoon tongue scene going in, You know, the kind you see in Tom & Jerry. But I suppose those two people know what they’re talking about since they’re from Nat Geo. 🙂

  23. What is it, that there just HAS to be music? And not one nice piece of music, nooooo… Short pieces of crappy music!

  24. that woman… total nut.

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  26. look at unboxing video! their packaging is like apple

  27. thickness of iphone is not enough to have lft lol! wonder why lytro is in strange shape?
    look at lightfield tech on wiki. 

  28. A lytro is a lytro, a canon is a canon, a nikon is a nikon. They all take good pictures, but they serve different purpose. Lytro is more of a point and shoot, and CANNOT be comparable to a Canon or Nikon.

  29. this guys is a monster, explaining light fields in the middle of the party. I had some classes about plenoptic cameras and man, this is some serious technology.

  30. 350 pic 8 gigs! holy shit. those pics
    are huge.

  31. keep dreaming

  32. lytro and apple should get together.
    integrate the lightfield technology to the iphones

  33. I dont know about this camera. The “bokeh” is digitally or what? What I do know is that each of my lens delivers different quality of bokeh. If this tech can re-focus on a images taken with a dslr and still able to bring out the bokeh of the lens when changing focus, it would be great. If not, its just a consumer camera.

  34. “it’s very comparable to an iphone.” what the fuck? no it’s not. the only thing similar about the lytro and iphone camera is the fact that they’re cameras. that’s it. you have a 3D “living” picture versus a 2D “flat” picture amongst many other differences. these guys suck.

  35. And the web compression may make them look worse than they are, but as of now, this is not something that I would want.

  36. You have no clue what you are talking about, Hasselblad cameras are great, but for Portrait work. I am mostly an event photographer and need the speed of Nikon… and true “Professional Photographer” would have the view that, you choose the best tool for the Job. When I said “Raw” I did not mean as in the Raw format, I meant “Un-Edited” as in “Raw from the Camera”, These pictures are readily available to anyone, go to the Lytro website.

  37. Haha, Yes you are right. That is my mistake. And no, I am not a “wannabe”, I am a photographer who makes a living doing what I love.

  38. Even a REAL photographer would know the term is “BOKEH”, you wannabe.

  39. Obviously, if you were a true “professional photographer”, you wouldn’t sound so full of yourself, you’d be using Hasselblad as opposed to shitty Nikon’s and you WOULDN’T be using an iPhone as a photographic comparison…you moron! You’d also know that it doesn’t shoot in RAW, if you actually did see real photos out of the camera. You’re just talking out of your ass. Go play on the freeway.

  40. both of em are light field camera
    why Raytrix is so expensive and Lytro is so cheap
    hmmm anyone know?

  41. is $399 camera only or software included?
    does included software is enough?
    or do we have to splash more money for better software?

  42. entouchgraphics Reply July 9, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I am sorry you feel that way. The whole point of Photography is to be creative. Not just “Snapping” pictures. Plus: this camera is being marketed heavily to professional photographer’s who understand photography. This Tech is cool for people who just want to “Snap” pictures yes. But for the people that it is being marketed to; it is junk and after looking at the raw pictures produced from this Camera, I am almost in tears. My iPhone can produce better pictures in my opinion.

  43. Don’t be an ass.
    This can be a awesome new gadget for people who want to snap pictures quickly, without any fuss.

  44. Cool Tech but in the end, it’s still just a point and shoot camera that’s being sold for $500. Seriously? That’s an iPad 2 right there.

  45. super lisp 2000 lol great product tho

  46. 3D pictures are just a gimmick. However, it looks like great technology that could be brought to a point where they become the next standard.

  47. Ok so 500 for just that ? No video available ?
    This is a beta version prototype .. Im sure there will be a zillion other features added to this product once it becomes popular and customers start demanding.
    I’d wait and see what happens instead of swinging right away.
    This is the future tech we might see in the iOS devises very soon, I’m pretty sure apple has already put them in the radar to implement these tech in their devises. That’d be something else

  48. Aha that’s it, it creates rainbows of color. I knew it.

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