Tip of the Week: Get Better at Google+ With “Google+ For Photographers”Tips & Tricks
There’s a new resource to help photographers make the most of Google+. Photographer and educator Colby Brown has released a book called “Google+ for Photographers,” and whether you’re new to GPlus, or have been around for a while, you’ll find something useful in this book.
Sergey Brin Drops in on the Google+ Photographer’s ConferenceBL News
If you haven’t seen in yet, Google’s working on magic glasses.
Project Glass is something Google has in the oven that brings computing to users in a very new and novel way – through eyeglasses. One component of this tech is a camera embedded in the device that gives new meaning to the words “What you see is what you get.”
Project Glass Technical Lead Max Braun came on stage and gave a short talk and demo, and then surprised everyone by introducing Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Sergey came on stage and spoke a bit about Project Glass, which he described as “not in beta, or alpha, or anything,” just an idea with some prototypes in various stages of working.
We were in the presentation, and got some shots of Max and Sergey on-stage.
Update: our own Jim Goldstein got some hands-on time with Google Glass, and got a chance to talk to Sergey Brin backstage after Sergey’s talk.
Hanging at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference – Part IIBL News
We’re having a blast at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference! Take a look at some of the folks we’ve had the pleasure of seeing here at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Yeah, We’re Fanboys…BL News
Max, Jim and I are at Guy Kawasaki’s talk on branding in Google+, and we got a pleasant surprise.
So, here’s a shot of Guy, with his computer’s display mirrored via projector.
And here’s his screen, zoomed in.
Yep, that’s us! and yeah, we’re fanboys.
Guy was kind enough to mention us during his talk, and for those who missed it, Guy also visited out offices recently.
Here’s another shot of Guy’s screen, showing him at BL’s office.
If you’re at the Google+ Conference For Photographers, remember, we’re here too! Come find either Jim or Max (they’re walking around in BorrowLenses.com t-shirts) and say hi!
Hanging Out at the Google+ Photographer’s ConferenceBL News
I’m hanging out at the Google+ Conference for Photographers today, listening in on a panel on “How to Stay Fresh on Google+.” This is a pretty unique conference, in that it’s the first time I’ve seen an event dedicated specifically to a particular interest group (photography) on a particular social network.
What’s surprising me is how this particular panel is both specific to Google+, and general enough that the advice could be adapted to your activity as a photographer on Facebook or Twitter.
Catherine Hall and Matt Kloskowski are entertaining and informative, as always, but Brian Matiash and Colby Brown are relatively new voices and I’m pleasantly surprised by their eloquence and enthusiasm. Colby, specially, is a great advocate for Google+ (and is also the author of a book on the subject).
By the way, you can watch the conference session streaming live, by going to the conference’s Google+ page.
BLCast Episode 2 – An Interview With Steve BumgardnerBL News
Welcome to Episode 2 of BLCast, the official podcast of borrowlenses.com.
Steve’s YouTube channel can be found here.
Cool Stuff – Week of May 18, 2012Cool Stuff
Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.
- We begin this edition of Cool Stuff with an outstanding behind-the-scenes video of a fiat ad by Dave Hill. A combination of still imagery and high-speed Phantom camera shots, this “moving still” is something truly remarkable and surreal.
- Speaking of remarkable and surreal, photographer Kristy Mitchell has created an incredible series of images called “Wonderland.” Inspired by tales her late mother used to tell, these images were shot in surprisingly non-exotic locations, and on a shoestring budget to boot. Her blog has more details on the setup and process of her shoot.
The guys at FStoppers are on a roll. Here, they’re going on a roll to try and create the largest digital camera every made. Check out this piece and the accompanying video on their site.
- Now this is just too cool. Check out Dodge and Burn, a website selling photography-inspired t-shirts. I ordered two. Go on. You know you want them.
- Alright you social media mavens. We know you don’t have all the time in the world, but need to post to Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, all at the same time. Our friends at DPS have a great piece showing you how to do just that.
- From the “why didn’t I think of that?” files, here’s a nice bit from PetaPixel about models wearing light-painted dresses.
- Speaking of models, the guys at ISO1200 have a neat behind-the-scenes video of Annie Leibovitz’s cover shoot for Vogue.
- So Kodak went bankrupt. We all know that. My question is, why did they have a nuclear reactor in their Rochester building? Yeah, I’m not kidding.
- We end this edition of Cool Stuff with some doom and gloom. Photographers shooting still life, pay heed. You’re about to be replaced by a computer (and no, I don’t buy that – not yet).
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
Join Us At The Google+ Photographer’s ConferenceBL News
We’re excited to be a sponsoring partner at the first ever Google+ Photographer’s Conference in San Francisco on May 22-23, 2012. If you’ll be in attendance let us know by commenting on this post below, we’d love to meet you. If you’re not attending we’ll be relaying news and updates from the conference here on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ page.
Product Update: D800 and D4 Lock-Up FixGear Talk Tips & Tricks
Nikon’s newly released D4’s and D800’s have had an alarming number of complaints regarding an intermittent issue causing the bodies to lock up under normal user conditions. Nikon has officially addressed the issue, in a recent conversation with PDN (Photo District News) on 5.3.2012, and DPReview has since confirmed this bug. The problem encountered again and again is that the body will become completely unresponsive until the battery is removed and re-installed, but should return to good working order once this is done.
While we all like our settings a certain way, at least they have narrowed down the catalyst to these two specific settings so that we may all go about our shoots without any hiccups. We speculate that the permanent fix will be a firmware update, since the determining factor (specific camera settings) is a software-based function. Like all Nikon D4 and D800 users we’re hoping that the permanent fix will be released in the coming weeks at which time all BorrowLenses.com customers can rest easy knowing we’ll have the needed update in place ASAP.