Interview 2- VR User

The second interview I carried out was with a family friend called Mapheon.

What VR set do you use?
Samsung VR2

What do you use it for?
I use it for watching movies on long journeys, escaping for an hour post work and meditation.

How does it make you feel? Does it change your experiences in any way?
The immersive nature of the headset allows me to truly forget my surroundings and dive into what ever experience it is. Whether it be watching a movie, playing a game or sitting on a beach in Cuba in the comfort of my own bed. I feel like I can relax and enjoy more with the headset than a standard monitor.

Do you think VR should continue to improve and become a bigger part of modern technology?
YES YES YES! But, like any new technology, it takes time for the masses to truly gain benefits from it. Once the tech becomes cheaper and the top headsets become widely accessible, I hope VR will take off. Inclusion of VR into modern day life would improve cinematic experiences, presentations and even have a place in education.

Do you think VR footage could be crucial to photographers in the next few years?
I’m not too sure on this one, I haven’t really looked at it from that point of view.

If you were to hire a photographer for an important event such as a wedding, would you want the photographer to generate VR footage of the important day as well as images?… For example, if I was to be photographing your wedding, would you want to view large family photos and clips of the day through VR rather than a still photograph? Or have both?
No, only because I personally wouldn’t want that. However, I can see a market for it. I would want to incorporate a VR of the venue maybe. But as I am old school with the moments of the day, I’d want still images.

Extra Comments:
I am a VR fan boy though and my biggest gripe is how at the moment it is still kind of in that transition stage from gimmick to functional tech. I have tested a few of the high end ones and the different between those and adorable is ridiculous.

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