Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a point of view, part of VR Photography and Video: The Basics.
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- Some of the hotel rooms here at…the Price Tower are actually two story suites,…and so I'm come up the very odd staircase.…Odd, because it's adhering to the…30-60-90 degree grid of the building.…I could have, at one time, taken an elevator,…but this elevator has actually,…this shaft, has been disused, because that's…how they're bringing air conditioning ducts,…and what not, up here, the hotel…did not originally have air conditioning.…So, it's a really cool space.…
One of the things about VR that's…easy to forget, is that it isn't…true virtual reality what we're talking about here.…I'm not creating an environment that…you'll be able to move around in.…There's still a point of view…to my VR movies, so I need to think about…what a good point of view is for a movie,…just as I would with a normal photograph.…In one way, VR's a little frustrating…because it's delivering a full 360 degrees,…so it's very hard to control the viewers eye.…Point of view is very often what you,…the photographer, bring to a situation,…when you take a normal still photo.…
In this course, photographer, educator, and author Ben Long introduces the essential concepts and tools behind photographic- and video-based VR. After detailing a brief history of VR, Ben shows a sampling of inexpensive VR viewers (such as VR apps and VR goggles for your smartphone) and where to go to check out great VR content. He also reviews the tools and techniques for creating your own VR photos and videos, and dealing with challenges in post-production, such as moving media to the computer, stitching and mapping 360-degree images and video, playing back VR video, and sharing VR content online.