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College Recruitment Goes Virtual

OIT lends a hand photographing campus buildings for virtual tours to help attract potential students to UNLV.

OIT News  |  Jun 5, 2020  |  By Nicole Johnson
360 degree camera with two people standing in background

UNLV staff use the Insta360 Pro camera to take photographs of popular campus locations for new virtual tours to attract prospective students. (Rakitha Perera/UNLV OIT)

Rakitha Perera, graphic designer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), spent this week on campus helping Ben Richards, the university’s video designer, on a major recruitment project. 

The two, in collaboration with the Undergraduate Admissions and New Student Orientation departments, captured photos of campus using the Insta360 Pro camera

“The images are being used to develop virtual tours for incoming students and prospective students,” said Perera. “I always get excited when I get to the opportunity to try out new technology. Hopefully we can use the camera for future OIT projects.” 

For these virtual tours, the team photographed around 40 buildings and close to 120 spots around campus. Each shoot took about 10 minutes per location.

Next, Richards will use the images to create the virtual tours, with Undergraduate Admissions and New Student Orientation using the videos for the fall. 

Person standing while setting up 360 degree camera
360 degree camera with the UNLV library in the background
Group of people carrying photography equipment in the library
Person sitting in from of We Are UNLV sign