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Street Photography With Google Glass

By Joseph Cha on September 3rd 2013


Street Photography With Google Glass

We got to interview photographer Richard Koci Hernandez. What makes Hernandez especially interesting is that he’s one of the first street photographers to use Google Glass. We got a chance to look at some of his photography and interview him about his experience.


SLRLounge: How has your experience been with Google Glass?

Hernandez: First, you must realize that I am a bit of a science fiction, video game, all things “new” kind of person. I would certainly be the first in line to get a digital camera implanted in my eye, :-). So I immediately fell in love with Google glass as a recording device for both photo and video immediately. I would have to say that the love affair is nowhere near being over, despite some of the “flaws” and I’m certainly accepting of these downsides as Glass was always sold as a beta.


SLRLounge: What is your favorite part about using Google Glass?

Hernandez: That’s an easy one, taking street photographs. The camera capability of glass really impressed me. I found the quality of the camera to be exceptional for such a small device. I was also happy to have a dedicated shutter button on the actual frames themselves so I didn’t always have to speak my command to take a photo. As a visual storyteller it is quite a treat to have a wearable recording device at my disposal at any moment. I’m a huge fan of the history of street photography and believe in its in inherent artistic value as cultural history, so taking to the streets and capturing public unguarded moments has been a blast.


SLRLounge: Do you find yourself using other cameras (cell phone, point and shoot, dslr) less as you get used to Google Glass?

Hernandez: Truthfully, not yet. While glass is indeed exciting and fun its use as a serious tool for photography has one limitation in my humble opinion. There is about a 2 to 3 second delay between shooting the picture and actually having the picture taken. I’ve “heard” and not confirm this but that the reason for this is for the user to get their hand out of the frame, so it gives a bit of delay since the lens is such a wide angle. I’ve also “heard” that this is something that can potentially be changed. The moment this delay in actual snapping the moment is removed I will certainly see myself leaning more and more on glass as my primary camera. The potential for Google glass as my main camera is there, it just needs to evolve a little more which I’m fairly certain is going to happen.


SLRLounge: How do you think Google Glass will influence the world of photography?

Hernandez: That’s a hard question. I certainly would not have guessed that the smart phone camera would have had such a large impact on photography in general, but certainly it has changed the game. I think that Google glass has that same potential. But in the end, photography has always been about the resulting image and less about the tool.


SLRLounge: You’re limited to only taking pictures from your own Point of View. Has this limitation been frustrating or beneficial to you?

Hernandez: what a great question. My simple answer is no because every time I felt I needed a new perspective when photographing a situation I simply took the glasses off and repositioned them to the perspective I wanted, such as a low angle and just snap the picture from their. I didn’t do what most parodies have expected which would be to lean ridiculously foreword back word or lie on the ground or jump in the air in order to get a different perspective I simply took the glasses off and held them in my hand to change perspective.


SLRLounge: How is the image quality?

Hernandez: I guess we can let people judge for themselves. In my humble opinion it’s fantastic for a five megapixel camera and the images published on the web look fine. Now if you’re trying to create a highway billboard from Google glass images that’s another question, :-) but really isn’t most of all of our work as photographers mainly showing up online anyway? I’m satisfied with it. But as with all technology I can see it getting better. But the color resolution and sharpness certainly were a surprise I was expecting far inferior quality from such a tiny camera and am happy that I was wrong.


SLRLounge: What are some things you wish Google Glass could do to benefit photography?

Hernandez: I think the simple answer would be to continue to improve and develop the camera and also to build out some innovative postproduction applications.


SLRLounge: How do you feel when you’re not wearing Google Glass?

Hernandez: Less like a cyborg.




I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

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  1. Hiklassphotography

    Great article and perfectly readable with my device! Wish I had a demo pair myself to see how good or bad the IQ is. Thanks

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  2. Georges Dutil

    Unfortunately the article is un-readable because of the pictures overlapping the text. Weird! I was looking forward to reading this.

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