Welcome to my virtual reality page.
You may have seen it, virtual reality tours, (or 360-degree photography - it goes by many descriptions), of hotels, houses and resorts. You may have wondered who makes them - how does one get one of those thingies - well, this is why I'm here. This is my latest offering - fully immersive 360-degree photography.
Works with Windows, smart phones and anyhting that uses Flash...
...and even things that does not use flash!
What is Virtual Reality?
Imagine... being able to showcase your resort, hotel, wedding venue, or - my pride and joy - golf courses in full immersive high-definition! More and more people are expecting more from their service providers. More people make decisions based on what they see, not silver words. Picture galleries may not be enough to entice your prospective clients through your door. You need something else, something with that "wow" factor. You've spent a lot of time and money making sure your venue is pristine, now make sure people can SEE that venue without the need to actually go there. Display your show-house on-line without the need for an agent to be present. Allow your golfers to walk the course and plan their game, possibly slicing strokes of their game. Showcase your hotel or resort in its prime and allow the people who are looking for that perfect holiday to take a leisurely stroll through your game lodge without the need of an escort.
Imagine... what Virtual Reality can do for you.
Imagine... that's what Pecanwood Golf & Country Club did. Rated as one of the top-50 golf clubs outside America and in the top-10 golf courses in SA, this Jack Nicklaus signature course offers a word-first in offering a high-definition virtual reality tour. Over 500 individual photographs and 61 panoramic shots make up this tour that takes you from the 1st tee to the 18th green, including the driving range, putting green and other facilities. View that tour here. And yes, you can view it on your iPad. All my tours are compatible with iThings too!
Why Virtual Reality - Why not video?
The problem with video is that it takes the observer out of the equation. The observer dos just that - observes. There is no control as to what is being shown, how it is being shown. Virtual reality is a much richer user experience -the observer is more than an observer, but actually participates in creating their own visual experience. With the virtual reality tour, the viewer can choose what to look at, how long to look at, look around, zoom in, zoom out or just sit back and enjoy the vistas.
It has the advantage above video that it can be displayed at full HD at a fraction of the bandwidth costs, and works cross platform in both Flash and HTML5 formats, which means it will work on windows machines, Smart Phones, and, for the first time, on iThings - view the full tour on an iPad! No need to worry about plug-ins, cross-browser compatibility, fancy codecs or other limiting factors that traditional video offers.
Why Use Me?
Virtual reality photography consists of two aspects - firstly, the technical facet that requires a lot of experience and background in coding to optimise to its fullest potential, and secondly, the capacity to make a photograph look good.
You are likely to find people who can drive the technology, but who are not photographers, the esthetical aspect of photography eludes them. Then you get people who can take beautiful photographs, but they cannot operate the technical aspects of 360 photography.
I am lucky enough to be able to offer both. I have enough experience in the technical aspects through many years in development, and I am an award-winning published photographer. Few, if any, people will be able to give you both those aspects in a single package.
Contact me now to find out how you can get a virtual reality tour... and not just for your website, my tours can come as standalone objects as well. Burn them on a CD and give them as handouts at trade shows. Put them on a mini-disk and hand them out as business cards. Display them on the big screen at expos for a truly eye-catching experience. Nothing will showcase your venue quite like a professional virtual reality tour.