In the wake of Cornell’s Slope Day end-of-the-semester concert, I couldn’t help but quote Matt & Kim’s song, Cameras.

no time for cameras
we’ll use our eyes instead
no time for cameras
we’ll be gone when we’re dead

It’s been an ongoing concern and theme recently- the time it takes to manage pictures.  It’s not a quick and easy thing! Especially when you’re trying to get the perfect shot framed on your camera or filmed for video.

Google Glass is good for a quick image or video to capture a moment.  The camera quality is great with photos at 5 megapixels and video at 720p, HD quality. However, the device doesn’t offer much for those who care about the art of photography. There is no zoom-in/zoom-out, focus, macro/landscape settings to help the fastidious photographer.

Frankly enough, when it comes to detailed nature photography, the Glass photographer surely looks quite silly. See example below:

Then once you get the shot, or several, or many shots to capture the specimen you have to go through the trouble of reviewing each photo.  So goes e-clutter.  It’s quick to get and hard to sort through.  Unfortunately without a system like R(a data/numbers management system) for photos, looking at each photo and video to pick through and edit takes TIME.

Why take the time to take pictures? Well it’s a fun way to share what you’ve been up to and what you are seeing with others! Years from now it can help remind you of fun times out in the woods or with friends! While pictures can be fun ways to jog our memories, studies show that pictures can impact how well our brains can remember things.  A study published in Psychological Science that took place at a museum found that when participants were told to take pictures of a couple objects in their entirety in the museum it hindered their ability to recall particular parts of the museum trip.  However, when participants were told to zoom into the details of particular objects, they had improved memory.  Gets you thinking, doesn’t it?

Will Glass eventually have a zoom feature? Is Glass currently draining our memory abilities since it is best at taking “general landscape” pictures? Because pictures can be taken on Glass at the wink of an eye or with just the touch of a button(as it already sits on your head) will that prevent disruption in the enjoyment of our surroundings?

So many questions! And so much more room for investigation.

For now, I’ll just end with an update and say again that pictures and video take so much time to upload on to the computer, review, edit/trim, and upload to share…  Sometimes I have to agree with Matt & Kim- no time for cameras, I’ll use my eyes instead, thank you.