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Cool Stuff – Week of May 25, 2012

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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.

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 Conference

BL 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.

Project Glass Technical Lead Max Braun

Project Glass Technical Lead Max Braun

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin turns the tables, shooting at the

Sergey Brin turns the tables, shooting at the

 

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.

Sergey Brin backstage at the Google+ Photographer's Conference

 

Jim Goldstein tries on the Google Glasses.

Jim Goldstein tries on the Google Glasses.

 

Hanging at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference – Part II

BL 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…

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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.

Guy Kawasaki at Google+

Guy Kawasaki at Google+

And here’s his screen, zoomed in.

That's Guy talking about his visit to BorrowLenses.com's offices.

That's Guy talking about his visit to BorrowLenses.com's offices.

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.

Guy at our offices, shown on-screen during his Google+ talk.

Guy at our offices, shown on-screen during his Google+ talk.

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 Conference

BL 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.

The "How to Stay Fresh on Google+" panel

The "How to Stay Fresh on Google+" panel

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.

From the "Blurry iPhone Shots" file: Max Shevyakov and Jim Goldstein from BorrowLenses, at the conference keynote

From the "Blurry iPhone Shots" file: Max Shevyakov and Jim Goldstein from BorrowLenses, at the conference keynote

From the "Blurry iPhone Shots" file: Scott Kelby and Bradley Horowitz at the conference keynote

From the "Blurry iPhone Shots" file: Scott Kelby and Bradley Horowitz at the conference keynote

BLCast Episode 2 – An Interview With Steve Bumgardner

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Steve Bumgardner

Steve Bumgardner

Welcome to Episode 2 of BLCast, the official podcast of borrowlenses.com.

In this episode of BLCast, I spoke to photographer and filmmaker Steve Bumgardner. Some of you might already be familiar with Steve’s work – he’s the creator of the web series “Yosemite Nature Notes” for the National Park Service. Listen in to our chat as Steve talks about his work in – and his love for – the national parks of the western United States.

You can find more information about Steve on his website, or you can follow him on Twitter.

Steve’s YouTube channel can be found here.

Cool Stuff – Week of May 18, 2012

Cool 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.

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 Conference

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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, FacebookTwitter, and Google+ page.

If you haven’t yet circled or +1’d us at Google+ please do so and catch you on Google+

Cool Stuff – Week of May 11, 2012

Cool 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.

Tip of the Week: In-Camera Panos with Fuji

Tips & Tricks

Making a panorama doesn’t have to be an involved affair. Learn how to make one easily with a Fuji camera in this week’s Tip!

Photo Finds – Week of May 7, 2012

Photographers

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web. This week’s Photo Finds features the work of Frank Doorhof.

Cool Stuff – Week of May 4, 2012

Cool 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.

Product Update: D800 and D4 Lock-Up Fix

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks
News has been circulating today about a newly identified bug with the Nikon D4 and D800 that may negatively impact photographers employing certain settings. To give you a deeper insight to the problem, a short term fix and a likely long term solution our resident technical expert and repair manager Michio Fukuda  has the following to report:
 
The Bug
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.
 
The Fix
Nikon stated that the issue is present for only a small users who have ‘Highlights’ and ‘RGB Histogram’ display options turned on.  They also communicated that they are in the process of developing the permanent fix and have instructed users on a temporary fix for the interim. The temporary “band-aid” fix is to turn off the ‘Highlights’ and ‘RGB Histogram’ display options in the ‘Playback Display Option’s sub-menu of  the ‘Playback’ menu.
 
Here is the step by step process to implement the temporary fix:
 
Step 1 – Press the menu button.
 
Step 2 – Scroll down to “Playback display options” and press the center button on the directional pad to access that menu.
 
Step 3 – Once inside the playback menu, scroll down to “highlights” and “RGB histogram”.
 
Step 4 – Deselect the “highlights” and “RGB histogram” options.
 
Step 5 – Scroll back up to “Done” and confirm the actions by pressing down on the center button of the directional pad.
 

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.

Tip Of The Week: Use ND Filters to Blur Motion

Tips & Tricks

It’s pretty amazing what a piece of dark glass can go for your photography. Read on to find out what can be achieved with ND filters in this week’s Tip Of The Week.