Creating a virtual reality city tour.


I’ve been interested in virtual reality for quite a while and learning it bit by bit but this year decided to full embrace it and use it in the classroom. One of the first projects created with it was 360 Cork. A project which uses 360 images of Cork with added pinpoints using ThingLink 360.

How it was created.
Step 1.
The first thing to do was to get the 360 images. I was lucky to have a Theta 360 to use and so took off on an adventure around the city using the camera to capture images from key locations in Cork including Cork City Gaol, The English Market and Patrick’s Street. The biggest challenge on this particular day was to beat the weather as it had rained for the previous 10 days and I knew it was going to rain that day too but luckily it held off for most of the trip. This entire process of capturing the city took about 4 hours.

Step 2.
Once I had my main 360 photos the next step was to upload them to ThingLink 360. From here I was able to build a menu to connect my locations and insert multimedia features like video, images of historical Cork and interesting facts. This process was pretty intuitive for a beginner and only took a couple of hours to complete.

How it was shared.
In September Cork Culture night was taking place and so I figured it would be the perfect time to showcase this project.  On the night of the event, we hosted it at Apple RTC Cork based in St. John’s Central College.

Feedback from the project.
The project received some amazing feedback on the night from kids who tried to find me in every location (one challenge when capturing 360 photos is to hide yourself in the shot). Other feedback was received from some of the older attendees who got all nostalgic and said it was lovely to see the comparison of the city they remembered with modern cork. I also received a lot of requests to capture other areas of the city. I will work on these in the future.

Link to the final project                                                                                                                         (Compatible with VR headsets as well as desktop and mobile devices)                                                         You can visit the final project here. 

Photography outdoor standing assignment

Before and after studio standing shots.

The aim of this assignment was to take a standing shot in the studio and then take an outdoor location shot. Using photoshop I then had to superimpose the standing shot to make it look like the model was on location.

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Photography indoor sitting assignment

Before and after studio sitting shots final

The aim of this assignment was to take a sitting shot in the studio and then take an indoor location shot. Using photoshop I then had to superimpose the sitting shot to make it look like the model was on location.
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Photography Assignment 5

For this final assignment in Second year we had to make a magazine cover from scratch using all our own materials. Deciding on a magazine to work with we then brought in models and took professional shots in the studio. Then looking at elements of style for our magazines we edited these studio shots into the style of a magazine cover. These are the two covers that I completed for this assignment. n1183540574_30158807_6788n1183540574_30158806_6538

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Photography Assignment 3

picture-1-edited1A scene in the middle of a wooded area shows many discarded items including a tyre, a shopping trolley, an umbrella and a ramp. Over time these items have become part of the scenery. The greenery has extended and camouflaged the tyre. The trolly has rusted and taken on the colour of the burnt bushes that surround it. This scene shows how discarded objects can over time become part of the scenery. 

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This shot was taken at the other side of the bridge to the above shot. If you look closely the shopping trolley has a shoe and tesco shopping bag attached. Every year tesco spends over 30,000 euro replacing shopping trolleys that have been lost in situations like this. 

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This is a picture of a traffic cone dumped in marshland next to a housing estate in the centre of a town. In the background you can see cranes involved in construction and more interestingly a church. This is interesting because the spire of the church is just behind the tip of the cone and at the same angle. 

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A different location but still the same feature. This picture is similar to the above in that it shows a dumped in what would otherwise be a very scenic area. This was taken later in the day and so the dark shadows of the bushes can be seen in the water along with the water.

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Photography Assignment 1

blur-action-21This is the first of my photographs. It is to demonstrate blur action. The aim of this assignment was to experiment with the manual settings on our cameras. It was a basic introduction to photography assignment. 

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This second shot was to demonstrate an outdoor exterior shot. 

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This is the second of my outdoor shots. 

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This is another blur action / night-time shot.

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