These Astonishing Images Convinced Us That Google Glass Will Change Photography Forever (GOOG)
The big complaint about Google Glass is, why would anyone want to wear them? Your phone has more functions. They don't look great. Even people who need glasses often prefer contact lenses — or at least something stylish customized to their face.
But after looking at the Google Glass photos of Trey Ratcliff, a New Zealand-based travel photographer, you might be convinced that Glass could revolutionize photography just as thoroughly as smartphones have.
It's hard to remember now, but back in the 1990s taking a decent picture required skill. Only dedicated hobbyists or professionals reliably produced images worth looking at. Now there are several phones with cameras that take pictures almost perfectly most of the time, even when used by amateurs.
What Glass does is allow hands-free photos to be taken — thus removing all the shake and wobble of hand-held photography. It's probably one of the defining advances Glass will make in photography: Humans can hold their heads almost perfectly still while taking a picture; we can't do that with our hands.
Ratcliff says the Google Glass camera is still fairly primitive. The device is in its early days and will doubtless improve over time. But look at how awesome the images are that you can already get from it.
This is the view from the top of CN Tower in Toronto. Note that Ratcliff is using his hands to hold on safely.
Ratcliff made this discovery later: "Google's servers automatically made a panorama out of a bunch of Glass photos I took atop that tower in Toronto... I did not expect that, cool! And it looks like it did a pretty good job too."
It's "very handy in the streets when my hands are full," Ratcliff says. Think about how many shots you miss simply because you didn't have time to reach into your pocket.
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