L16 camera by Light

 

2 years ago, there was a kick starter campaign about a revolutionary new concept camera being developed by the Light Company called the L16.

It is a camera that is to have 16 lenses; with those lenses and the technology behind the  camera would be able to take above average photographs than most travel cameras today.

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This write up is about my observations and experience with the L16.

First off this is a disclaimer that I am writing this on my own and have no association with the Light Company; other than purchasing their camera through the kick starter program for my own personal use.

I am writing this to educate you on my experiences with the L16, a new type of camera that has a great potential to really be a game changer as it grows in capability; more on that in the write up.

As a photographer who travels a few times a year and backpack all my travel stuff, weight and space are an important part of my thought process; what to take or not, how much do I NEED to take for the time period I will be gone.

Camera gear has been a huge issue for me when travelling, as most of it can be big and bulky and weigh a lot!

So when I discovered the kick starter campaign for the L16, I thought I would take a chance and see if it would fit the bill for what I have been looking for in a travel camera.

One that would not be a replacement for my DSLR, but be another tool in my toolbox that could be used when wanting to travel light and still have some of the qualities of my DSLR where I could get some nice quality photographs/ images during my travels.

I do utilize my travel photography in commission work and some of my digital artistry when doing composite work; so the photographs have to have a bit of quality in them so I don’t have to work so hard when processing them later.

There are all kinds of cameras out there for all types of people and preferences…I will tell you that the L16 pretty much fit the bill to be the camera for my travels and let me tell you why:

L16 characteristics

Weight – 15.6 ounces ( I weighed it on the kitchen scale – this includes the Utomic protective casing and gorilla glass)

  • A great weight when travelling around; at least 4 pounds lighter than my DSLR with a small lens on it.

Storage – 256GB internal built in (holds approximately 2000+/- images)

  • I had almost 1300 images on it and still had space for another 900+ per the image storage indicator
  • The camera will keep track and let you know how many images you can take based on storage capacity left

Battery – built in lithium battery, charges from empty to full capacity within 90 minutes

  • It has WiFi capability which drains the battery within a day if you leave it on
  • With WiFi off, I used the camera for 3 days without having to recharge
  • The battery status will tell you how much time you have left before you have to recharge based on your use (which is a really good feature if you are out and about)

Lens range – 28mm to 150mm

  • When taking a photo, 10 of the 16 lenses take and image and the camera merges them together with all the data each lens collects.
  • when previewing the image in camera
    • it shows only one of the lens images for preview
    • if you process it in camera, the preview will be a much higher quality to view
  • If you were to research the ultimate lenses to have when travelling, you would find the range to be exactly what Light put in their camera.
  • I checked each prime lens to see how close I could get when taking photos, as do like macro photography and wanted to see if I the L16 could work for that while travelling.
    • 28mm and the 35mm focused at about 4 inches
    • 70mm focused at around 8 inches
    • 150mm focused at 14 inches
  • you can zoom by swiping/ moving finger up or down on screen to any range
  • Lens front is very sensitive to being blocked by fingers, so watch where you put them when shooting.
  • I found that pretty much anything within an inch of the front of the camera causes a blocked lens notice…to include clear glass windows.

ISO – 100 – 3200

Aperture F2 – F15.2

  • You adjust in Lumen, the program that comes with the camera to process the image.
  • You choose the focus point when shooting, everything is pretty much in focus until you adjust aperture in program, based off of your initial focus point.

Accessories 

  • It comes with the charger and cord
    • The cord is used to charge and download your images to the computer
    • Carry strap
    • protective case
      • The case works well with just the camera, but I ordered the Utomic protective rubber shell and Gorilla glass (to protect the back screen); it does not fit in the case.
      • My recommendation is for Light to develop one or find an aftermarket case that will fit both the camera and Utomic shell.

I tried some night/ low light photography and the results were OK.

  • The ISO is good for the above type of photography, but the issue becomes focus
    • You can touch the screen to focus in low light, but when you hit the shutter it refocuses which throws out your original focus point.
      • for low light, I recommend you use the 3 second timer so when you push the fire button, it focuses and then times down to take the photo.
        • I found this to be the best way to ensure a correct focus when doing low light photography with the L16.
  • For night photography, I found it difficult to use as you cannot set the focus point and lock it, then push the shutter button.
    • the only way I could do it was to have a flashlight, light something in the scene, half press the shutter to focus and take the shot with the 3 second timer on.
      • This is pretty much the only way I could do any night photography with it…other than trying to focus on a bright light or illuminated object in the scene.
        • My recommendation is for light to provide and update that allows to manually focus and lock it prior to pushing the shutter button. This would really bring another level to this camera.

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Processing images

This process is a little more tedious than just downloading and processing your images in Lightroom, Photoshop or any other image processing program.

The bottom line is it takes time to process any image; especially if it is an exceptional image you want to print and hang on your wall or provide to your client.

First, the images are processed from the camera to the computer

Second, you process the images in Lumen

  • adjust aperture, if wanted or needed
  • make any other adjustments; exposure, contrast, etc. if needed
  • save image as .jpg and/ or .dng file
    • you can save as a small file; as little as 3mb
    • or save the full image as a .dng file at 251mb per image (most of mine were this size after processing)
  • then you can process in any other program you desire or keep it as is if you like

Overall impression

The L16 is a great travel camera for those that do not want to take a lot of gear with them. I traveled with the L16, a gorilla pod tripod and 2 – 256gb USB/micro USB drives to back up the images and that is it for camera gear!

I only used the tripod twice…so next time it may stay home.

The ease of making shutter or zoom adjustments on the fly is as easy as the swipe of your finger…

The quality of the images after getting home and processing them? Well beyond my expectations…many of the images put my DSLR to shame.

I shot images with the L16 that I shot with the DSLR same time last year and the L16 quality beat it hands down with the amount of detail that was in it vs my other camera; using similar or same settings.

This is not like any other camera out there, so it will take some getting used to and to learn how to shoot with it and under what conditions it is best suited for based on your needs.

There is much more to this camera than what I posted here.

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I just wanted you to know about my thoughts on the basics of the camera and the ability, quality and ease of use when travelling with it.

For me, this camera is a keeper for sure and it will be my go to camera when I travel.

The Light company also updates the camera via WiFi and is expected to  update it to be able to shoot 4K video in the future as well.

This is another tool in the toolbox to help me capture images during my travels for my personal and professional use without having to load myself down in the process.

I hope you enjoyed reading this write up about the L16 and the information here will help you decide what to look for in your future travel camera.

 

 

 

 

 

Art Boja

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ArtBoja is a site where you can view and purchase art from many great artists from around the world.

Go to http://www.artboja.com and peruse the fine art works from abstract art to landscape to the surreal.

The artists on this site are a select group who do amazing work and deserve your attention to “go take a look” at what they have brought to you to view with your own eyes.

Pass the word and let those who have friends, relatives, co workers and family who like to see and are interested in purchasing a fine art piece for themselves or others, this is the place to be.

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Go, have fun and enjoy!

Focus…

Now that we are now into the 2nd week of the new year, it is time to evaluate the focus points for not only myself but for the business as well.

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So far so good; my focus has not wandered from my initial thoughts to continue to move forward with my “self induced plan” for the year.

We all have a tendency to put pressure on ourselves to have goals/ resolutions/ plans and sometimes that is a good thing; sometimes not. It depends on how hard you are on yourself to accomplish what you set for yourself…are they realistic goals/ plans? Be honest with yourself and your business when it comes to planning and evaluating goals.

I find it helpful to review my personal plan/s I have every few weeks or at a minimum review  once a month…to ensure I am on track or still focused on the end goal. Sometimes life gets in the way, even with the best of intentions in mind and you have to adjust fire (old Army acronym for changing your plan) to maintain focus.

For my business I set up a 3, 6 and 9 month plan for the year (my short term plan/ goals I would like to achieve),  a mid term plan (18-24 months out) and a strategic plan (how I would like the business to look like 3-5 years out). I utilize the last 3 months of the year to review the last 9 months and based on that info, start developing a plan for the next year and ensure it is inline with my mid term and strategic plan.

It is still early in the year and I am glad nothing has railroaded me yet….fingers and toes crossed. There are a lot of things happening in the next couple of months to finish off getting the homestead in order after moving to include the rehab of a building to be a small future studio for Rex Madden Photography.

once complete, our property should allow for a fun experience  along with some very nice and unique environmental portraits.

When the studio is complete, I will have a great opportunity for you to participate in!

Stay tuned….

 

 

Challenges

This year did not begin how I expected it to…..

Which has mentally drained me to where the most I could do was focus on the day to day and stay above ground.

we all have days, weeks and sometimes months like that.

I don’t make excuses; life  just gets in the way sometimes and causes us to redirect our focus for a bit and then we have to figure out a way to correct our course and get back on track.

Sometimes that can be like turning around an old steamship in the middle of a storm; but it can be done.

Family  on goings during the first 8 weeks and the loss of two of our four dogs in the last 6 weeks was heart breaking to say the least, but we weathered the storm and survived…not unscathed though.

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There is only so much you can do to try and help the situation; just know you did all you can do and come to an understanding mentally with it.

It is hard sometimes….

Through all this, photos and memories are all we have when our loved ones (family and pets) are gone.

Have them printed and hang them on your walls…get them out of your phones and off your computer…make an album of them.

The photographs bring back happy and sad thoughts…

We had to take a break from everything and took a trip to help reset ourselves with all that occurred over the first part of the year.

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It has helped a bit, still working through it all; it will just take time.

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Just need to readjust our plan for this year….we will see about re engaging it toward the end of summer for fall….

Close out the year for a good start to the next….

One thing  I have learned over the many years is…..patience.

We have to remind ourselves in this fast moving world of ours today is that patience calms the mind and allows us to focus on what we need to and what is really important at that time.

Things will get done when they are meant to be done…no sooner…no later.

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New beginning

I hope everyone had a great time over the holiday’s; now it is time to get to work on the plan for a new……beginning.

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Whatever that means to you; a new fitness regimen, diet to be more healthy, new place, new job, new relationship or just gut it all and start anew.

Motivation time! New lease on life! Yea!

If it were only that easy to get motivated….I have a plan and haven’t even begun to start on it.

I figure that I will actually begin to start working on it in February – and that timeframe is actually built into my plan.

Knowing we are having multiple visitors over the month of January at our place and we will be doing some visiting of friends out of state ourselves!

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That is a good thing I think, getting back in touch with family, friends and the like….it helps to reset, re energize and calm the mind….just enjoy life for a bit….time is short and you never know what might happen tomorrow.

Be grateful for those around you, as they are the ones who will support you when and if the times comes to need it.

I appreciate those around me and I tell them; regardless if they know it or not.

Should something happen – they know how I feel.

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There is enough bad stuff happening in the world today and I have “been there and experienced that” to the point where I need to and want to appreciate what’s around me these days.

We are a global society that depends on one another to live our lives; whether we know each other or not.

Take some time, reach out and spend time with friends and family, be grateful for what you have around you….

Then get your butt back to the grindstone and work that plan you have for 2015 with all your might and determination and make it the most rewarding year for you yet!

Boo Ya!

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Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone!

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It has been a heck of a time since my last blog; there was a lot of stuff going on that took my attention away from keeping up to date on many things – to include this blog.

Even now with the holidays upon us, it is time to take a break and relax for a few days and unwind mentally.

Over the coming months in the new year, anything to do with my business is getting revamped….I was in the process of brainstorming last month the new vision of the business when my network drive and my back up drive both crashed…total loss…ugh.

Time to redo everything with a new look, process and purpose.

It is what it is….sometimes things happen for a reason; to give us new opportunities to better ourselves and/ or the situation.

Look at the positive side of things – to give us hope for the future.

May you all have a great holiday with your family and friends; spend time with them, enjoy their friendship, love and laughter – it is a gift.

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