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Glass vs DSLR – Branson Style

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (3) Comments · by May 16, 2013

I’d been wanting to see how Glass measures up to the challenge of night photography. As luck would have it, I found myself in Branson, Missouri, which seemed a perfect spot for a nighttime photographic study.

So here is Glass vs DSLR at night with subject matter you’ll never see in California or New York.


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There is no DSLR on that last one, but I couldn’t resist including it.

Most of the DSLR shots were done at ISO-1600 which allowed me to get a decent exposure without a tripod.  Of course the DSLR shots would have less noise with a long exposure at ISO-100, but that wouldn’t be a fair comparison at all.

These Glass shots have a 1/15 sec. exposure at f/2.5.  Glass changes the ISO as light conditions change.  These shots have various ISO speeds like 363, 418, 551, 678, 727, 960, to name a few.  Quite a range, and certainly a brilliant way to get properly exposed photos without the use of a flash.

When I did pro wedding photography, 1/60 sec. was considered a good exposure for handheld shots.  However, your head is pretty stable, so 1/15 seems like a good bet for clear shots from a headheld camera.  Once you are using the lowest F-stop and the longest safe exposure, the only variable you have left to work with is ISO.  Glass reads the light and picks the appropriate ISO, and there you have the best possible photo.

So even though I think the nighttime DSLR shots are generally better, I am very impressed with the Glass shots.  I had to set the ISO with my DSLR and then monitor my exposures to make sure they weren’t going too long.  I was using complicated settings on a complex camera and I had the benefit of years of SLR experience.  The question is not really whether a DSLR can capture better images.  Of course it can!  And the more effort and expense you are willing to invest, the better your DSLR results will be.

The question is, what can Glass accomplish with virtually NO effort and no expertise…?  Can Glass capture the moments you want to remember?

In my opinion, the answer is YES!

Glass vs DSLR – Indoor Edition

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (1) Comment · by May 3, 2013

Last week I released a photo comparison between Google Glass and my Nikon D5100 DSLR.  Those photos were all taken outdoors on a sunny afternoon, and many people said that Glass wouldn’t do nearly as well on indoor photographs.

Well, now we can find out.  I took these photos today.  The Glass version was taken at the same time as the DSLR version, and I was standing (or sitting, or crouching) in the same position for both shots.


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In order to recreate the wide angle view of the Glass lens, I used my ultrawide 10-24mm lens and set it to 14mm.  When I bought my DSLR, I got an 18-55 lens and thought that was as wide as I would ever need.  The only reason I got the 10-24 was to do Milky Way photography.  Most times, that lens is wider than I would want.

However, the idea with Glass was to get the wearer’s perspective.  They wanted the user to be able to capture the moment as he or she was seeing it.  When you use Glass, you’ll be grateful for this choice if only because it makes it easier to capture what you were aiming for.

The lack of a preview screen or viewfinder makes it difficult to compose SOME photographs.  If you’re trying to get certain things (or people) into the shot and keep other things (like a messy corner) out of the shot, you may end up having to use a trial-and-error approach.

However, with the wide angle view, you’re more likely to get the things you want in, and you can always crop other stuff out!

 

Glass does not do as well with direct light or high contrast situations. However, this problem is to be expected. When that factor is not in play, the Glass photos look almost identical to the photos taken with the DSLR, which is really quite a feat!  Overall, the color intensity was good, details looked nice, and the Glass photographs had depth and dimension.

It was rather difficult to find good subject matter for indoor wide-angle shots.  Those two things don’t really go together, so I set up some odd-but-colorful tableaus which should demonstrate various lighting conditions on a variety of textures and forms.  I hope it helps!

ps:  Today my photos uploaded rather quickly to G+, so I thought I would just download those instead of uploading them from the Glass device via USB.  However, the first one I opened (which was #10) was much smaller than the other Glass photos had been.  To give you a sense of scale, the “GLASS” logo and number were huge by comparison when I dragged them over in Photoshop.  Perhaps there is a secret to downloading the high-resolution versions from G+, or perhaps they’re never uploaded to begin with.

I’ll look into that further, but I thought I should make note of it ASAP in case anyone else tries downloading the G+ images as I did without having the larger versions to compare.  If your photos are not as high-res as mine, that might be why.

Don’t stand so close…

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (1) Comment · by May 1, 2013

This is a quick Glass vs DSLR that illustrates Glass’s limitations in the world of close-up photography.

This is the Glass photo.  The closest flowers are out of focus.  I was standing a few inches away but this is as intimate as the image would get.

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The image below is the DSLR version shot with my Nikon D5100 with 60mm Micro Lens:

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Of course you might say “Why are all the flowers in the background blurry?”  If you’re not into impressionistic blur, bokeh effects or other Macro techniques, Glass may be perfect for you.  It’s all just a matter of personal taste.

I remember showing two very different flower photos to my mom once and having her say

“I like the second one better because the background isn’t as blurry.”  Alas, she didn’t know that I had taken a dozen photos of the same exact scene, the only difference being aperture which controls the blurriness of the background.  I picked the one that I thought was just right, then showed it to her along with a completely different image taken from a different angle with changes to the lighting and composition…  In the end, the most vital aspect to her was the blurriness of the background.  She liked less, I liked more.  It’s just personal taste.

So if you like less blurriness, just remember not to stand too close.  Below is a cropped version of the Glass photo where I removed some of the excess clutter (at least I saw it as clutter):

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And now I will admit that, after seeing the Glass version, I rather liked the deeper focus too.  It would be nice to go back and get a shot that was somewhere between the Glass shot and my original DSLR shot.  Maybe tomorrow…

Glass vs DSLR – Video Edition

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (1) Comment · by April 29, 2013

Escape for a few moments of joyful tranqility with these lovely videos that compare Google Glass with my DSLR. If you’ve been wondering about the video quality of this monumental piece of technology, here’s your chance to compare it side-by-side with a top amateur camera.

This video was filmed with Google Glass:

However, I should note that getting your hair in your videos can be a big problem. Because Glass is so inobtrusive, hair can easily blow in front of it, especially on windy days. You’ll see that at the end of this video.
I assumed my voice would be recorded over the brook if I used a vocal command to stop the video, so instead I pressed the button, which meant I had to let go of my hair first.

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This version was filmed with my D5100 Nikon DSLR:

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This was filmed with my D5100 Nikon DSLR, then processed through YouTube’s Stabilization:

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And here’s the Google Glass version processed through YouTube’s Stabilization:

Photo Quality – Glass vs DSLR

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (6) Comments · by April 28, 2013

When I go for a photo walk, I have my DSLR in one hand, a heavy camera bag over my shoulder, and a difficult road ahead.

I’m a hardcore photographer and, for me, convenience takes a backseat to image quality.  But when an option like Glass comes along – something so effortless, you don’t even realize you’re carrying it – of course I had to check it out!

This album has 20 scenes taken with Glass and also with my Nikon D5100 DSLR during the same walk through the botanical gardens.  Sometimes the DSLR shot is composed differently (shot in portrait, zoomed) but that’s because that is the shot I intended to take.


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Glass does not allow you to zoom or shoot in portrait (unless you bend sideways). However, you can always crop the image later, and in a few cases I did just that to illustrate how it would compare.

Glass shoots 5mp, my DSLR shoots 16.2 mp.

This difference may not be noticeable when viewing a photo on your computer or your phone, but it would be noticeable if you did a 18 x 24 print and hung it in your living room.

Beyond the megapixels, the Glass photos turned out really great! I was quite impressed. I’ll be doing more comparisons in other environments in the future, but outdoor, sunny, colorful views of the garden were captured quite well by Glass!

Except for my addition of the Glass logo or DSLR symbol, numbers and notes, all shots are SOOC unless otherwise noted. In other words, I did not change the size, resolution, colors, contrast, etc.

I would love to hear some feedback. How do you think the Glass photos measure up?