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Dustin Bess
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Check out this pic I took of +Sergey Brin this week at the #gpluspc and check out +Nicole S. Young s write up of her experience getting to play with the bad boys.
 
Project Glass: My Experience Using Google Glasses

This week at the +Google+ Photographer's Conference I had the opportunity to go on a photowalk with Google and a handful of other photographers to try out the prototype "Google Glasses", also referred to as +Project Glass . It was such an amazing experience to test out such new and futuristic technology, and I felt honored to be invited among the dozen or so photographers running around trying them out.

I posted a few photos of me wearing the glasses here on my Google+ profile earlier this week, and got enough questions which warranted a solid post about the topic (I don't want to leave you all in the dark on details I'm at liberty to discuss). So ... here they are!

Q: How much do they cost?
A: I have no idea. The units we had to work with are prototype units ... in other words, they aren't on the market yet and it may be years before we see them at a consumer level.

Q: What did it look like through the display when you were wearing them?
A: What I can tell you is this: I could see a photo I took after I pressed the shutter button. The display rested just above my normal "vision line", so I had to look up with my eyes a bit to see it. Because these units are so extremely new and still in testing, everything I saw is very likely to change when they're finalized and released to the public.

Q: Can you wear them with glasses?
A: I wear glasses, but my vision isn't too bad so I took them off for the photowalk. I was told that it's possible, but it might be uncomfortable. I have a gut feeling that when these cameras are available that there will be some sort of solution to that ... a lot of us use prescription glasses (or want to wear sunglasses) and don't want to be left out.

Q: Are they comfortable?
A: Yes :) They felt lighter than my regular glasses, but in terms of looking at the heads-up-display (the "screen") I'm not sure how it would be to constantly wear them all the time. Time will tell ... and they are likely to change a lot over time so who knows what they'll be like in the future.

Q: What was the actual photography experience like?
A: Photographing with Glass was a very unique experience. I'm used to holding a big camera and lens in front of my face to create photos in this environment, but instead I was able to see through my own eyes, and then capture an image by just pressing the shutter button on the top-right of the device (on the side). My image popped up immediately after so I could preview it. There was a slight learning curve to understand the focal length and shutter speed, and there was somewhat of a lag after pressing the button and I had quite a few blurry "thought I got the shot but moved my head to quickly" images. The shutter speed was slow, as you can see in the image of the man walking on the sidewalk, but definitely an okay shutter speed for creating a sharp image with no camera shake.

Overall, this device opens up so many doors and possibilities for creating photographs. While I don't expect it to be a replacement for my "professional" camera, it allows new opportunities for creating authentic imagery of everyday life. Things that we normally wouldn't photograph or videotape, especially when a camera is inconvenient or just isn't fast enough to grab and get turned on in time, will be able to be recorded with Glass. It's also a very "freeing" experience ... as I've mentioned in previous posts, I have a love-hate relationship with camera gear and sometimes just want to travel light, and this is definitely a way to do just that.

I cannot wait until this product is officially launched and available for everyone. I expect it to be a while, but when they are released they will change the way we photograph, think and see the world around us. Glass is just like the stuff we see in Sci-Fi movies, but it's literally right around the corner. I'm excited to find out what this and other future technology has in store those of us who love creating and sharing photographs.

BTW, all of the photos in this post were taken by me while wearing Glass. They're the full-res files, un-cropped and un-processed (straight-out-of-camera).

#glasswalk #projectglass #googleglasses #google
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+SmugMug intern Kevin came up with a remote that lets you control your camera right from your iOS or Android phone. Cool! http://kck.st/xbVmkm
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50 for $50

We are launching a quick promotion to make the world a more beautiful place by getting more backlitboxes in front of more eyeballs (www.backlitbox.com). The premise is simple, we will sell 50 8x12 backlitboxes at $50 each (half off of the regular rate, and at cost for us). There are a few catches to get them at this great price:
* This offer is good ONLY for an 8x12, you cannot get $50 off of another size.
*Only one box per address. We are trying to spread the love. Please do not hog the love.
* We will begin making the boxes only after the 50th box is sold. We encourage you to share with any friends that may be interested in getting a backlitbox as well. The sooner they sell, the faster everyone gets their backlitbox.
* The price will include FREE SHIPPING, but only to the continental 48 states. We will not ship to Alaska or Hawaii or Canada for this promotion. Ordinarily we do ship to all of these locations for a small additional fee.
* To facilitate quick processing of these orders the power outlet on the backlitbox will be located in the center of the back for all of the backlitboxes. This is just so we can make all of the boxes the same regardless of the image orientation (portrait or landscape). This size of backlitbox will sit very well on any shelf.

Just order from our website as you normally would at:

*https://www.backlitbox.com/?page_id=223*

and at checkout use the following coupon code:

50FOR50

Easy.

Please share this original post so if people have questions the answers will be in one place. I will be timing this promotion to see how fast we can get to 50, the clock starts NOW!

If you have any issues with the download not working please send me an email at questions at backlitbox.com. There is a fix in the works, but it only happens a small percentage of the time.

I will kill the coupon code as soon as we hit 50. If the coupon code doesn't work for you look at my profile here for an update on the status.

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Check out +Sergey Brin sporting +Project Glass
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Love them, how were they to try out?
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Giveaways, a Portfolio Critique, and a Lil' Something For Your Sweet Tooth

The cookies (http://smu.gs/KujhxZ) have been baked and our SmugMug swag's been packed. Now, we're just counting down the hours til the first annual +Google+ Photographer's Conference kicks off. What do you guys say -- time to have some fun?

GIVEAWAY!
Whether or not you can make it to the conference, toss your name into the hat to win a Portfolio Review and a free year of SmugMug Pro (www.smugmugpro.com) from +Denise Gamboa (aka Smuggy's Director of Marketing) and +Ivan Makarov (Finance - we don't mess with him) of +SmugMug. Our team works with millions of passionate customers and billions of happy photographs, so we know a thing or two about how to sell your photos online.

TO ENTER:
First, write up a post about what you want to do with your photography this year --build up your online presence? start selling your photos online? quit your day job to shoot full time? Then, make sure to circle +SmugMug and add the hashtags #SmugMugContest and #gpluspc so we can find you later.

One winner will get randomly picked to receive the Portfolio Review and free year of SmugMug Pro. Five runner ups will get randomly picked to win free years of SmugMug Pro. Winners will get announced Thursday, May 24.

EVERYONE can take part in this. Whether you're at the +Google+ Photographer's Conference or not, we want to hear from you!

#gpluspc #smugmug #smugmugcontest
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We poured our hearts, guts, and souls into making Camera Awesome, the camera you never knew you always wanted, the camera we always dreamed of – a camera fit for the iPhone.

Download it for free in the iTunes store today: www.awesomize.com and circle us at +Awesomize.

P.S. Look ma, we're in the Wall Street Journal! http://smu.gs/zrVzP5
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I think +Thomas Hawk should hold a contest for a free print of his. The winner: The person that guesses closest to when Thomas will get his 1,000,000th follower.
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haha, sometime in Feb. :) +Dustin Bess I need your address!
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