What Photographers Would Look Like if Google Glass Took Over the World

Google Glass is set to arrive in the hands of the general public later this year. There are already apps that can trigger the shutter by detecting winks, and some people are already thinking of how the wearable camera can be useful for various photographic applications.

Having always-ready glasses strapped to your face may be convenient, but how will photography look? The video above by Grovo offers a humorous look at what photographers would look like if Google Glass becomes widely used as a camera and camcorder.

In the video’s description, Grovo writes:

Here’s someone you’ll be seeing in a few months: the Google Glass photographer. Nature shots, concerts, time-lapse videos, weddings… the Google Glass photographer does it all.


Here’s what shooting a macro photograph of a flower would look like:


Want to capture some footage of the front of a car?


How about a closeup view of your friend’s hands as he plays the piano?


Engagement photographs could quickly become awkward:


Google Glass cameras don’t have any kind of zoom (no digital and no optical). If you want to follow Capa’s words of wisdom — “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” — you might need to look a bit silly in the process.

(via GoGrovo via SLR Lounge)

  • Ralph Hightower

    We are the Borg! You will be assimilated! Resistance is futile!

  • Dean W. Thompson

    We are the Cybermen! You will be upgraded! Resistance is futile!

  • bob cooley

    Ohh, Google glass photographer getting close-up of 285 lb. linebacker running straight at him!

  • Brandon


  • Monteraz

    Not too bad comparing with a smartphone or ipad… at least this seems funny.

  • chubbs

    Actually, you know what would be interesting? Having referees wear Google glass to get their perspective of all the calls they make during a game. Not just football. Could be an interesting application of the technology.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Wait until it needs video LED light attachments….

  • Kaveh Moravej

    Hilarious, especially the piano and concert sections. As silly as it looks, don’t be surprised to find people doing this in the coming months and years. We already have ‘iPhoneography’, so ‘Glassography’ won’t be too much of a stretch.

  • Stewart Doyle

    So, like, take the damn things off and hold them like a regular miniature camera?

    I know, ‘photography’ is what Google thinks the big selling point of these should be, but really, this video is just another attempt to make out that only retards are going to wear the things.

  • Khürt L. Williams

    I didn’t know Google Glass has 50mm (35mm equivalent) sensor.

  • Khürt L. Williams


  • ProtoWhalePig

    But there’s a huge difference. iPhones are boxes you hold in from of yourself and on which you press something to take the shot – basically identical to the last century’s worth of cameras. Not like glass at all. Why would you think it is?

  • Philip Dunlop

    We already have referees wearing cameras (albeit, neck-mounted) in European Rugby Union. And a great innovation it is, too.

  • Bristol

    You can’t take them off because you control it with your eyes. Hence the blinking. And if you think that a LOT of the users will be and/or look like idiots, well, you’re probably one of those idiots. I mean, who would have thought people would be shlepping around iPads to use as cameras?

  • Richard Ford


  • Dan

    How stupid, pretty obviously, Glass 2.0 will come out and have zoom.

  • Froggy

    Please tell me that I’m not the only one who hopes this gizmo fails in spectacular fashion.

  • Stewart Doyle

    iPad as a camera is just dumb. It’s big, heavy, clunky, and easy to drop.
    Also, the Glass camera can be voice activated. In fact, that’s the primary method of activating it, the blink function is a modification based on incomplete code found by a developer. You don’t ‘control’ anything with your eyes, it has a touchpad, and voice activation. Any other interaction method so far mentioned has been a hacked-in modification.

  • Stewart Doyle

    I’m hoping people realize that the camera is a secondary function and actually start developing useful stuff for it, like navigation HUDs and MMORPG style information overlays.

  • Stewart Doyle

    Really? That’s, pretty awesome, actually means it has a decent FOV. Hopefully the release versions will pack in some of the newer sensor types that Nokia etc are messing about with. 20 or 30 megapixels would make the lack of an optical zoom pretty irrelevant.

  • Kaveh Moravej

    I was just pointing out how early on iPhones and other smartphones weren’t in any way taken seriously as photography devices (maybe still aren’t), but then became accepted with courses popping up teaching you to become an ‘iPhoneographer’. It essentially became its own discipline without teaching other traditional photography techniques. There’s a good chance Glass might break out into a similar genre of its own.

  • Stewart Doyle

    I’m not a fan of HDR, (from any format camera), but those pictures show the potential of the device!

  • Sky

    Only photography never was a selling point of iPads. Unlike it’s with googleglass.

  • bob cooley

    This is a collection of pretty soft images which have been photoshopped to death. Not pleasing.

  • bob cooley

    And looking even more annoying than people who walk around with Bluetooth ear-phones all day…

  • 3ric15

    At least you can see the Glass around their head, unlike bluetooth ear-piece things that you can only see on one side and generally make you look retarded….

  • viccapen

    Get a life!

  • Guest

    This is completely wrong and not how Glass works. If you want to take a picture with Glass, it’s exactly the same as taking one with your phone – maybe even a wider scope. Point is, you don’t need to be that close. Also, “zoom” in terms of mobile devices is optical zoom, which simply crops an image. It doesn’t give you a clear picture.