如何滿足於你的旅行攝影

作者:Ian Wong | Digital Darkroom

編按:這是關於攝影文章系列之一。Gaifong 是香港、台灣最受歡迎的物品共享平台,讓您把家中的閒置器材,包括相機、航拍機,安全地出租給有需要人士。按此了解更多。

攝影能幫我們記錄過去,是回憶的一種。

曾經有人這樣跟我說:世上沒有東西比看別人的旅遊照片更沉悶。相信大家都有這樣的經驗,就是食完飯後,被逼看最不喜歡的親戚的 iPhone 上的照片,非讚好不可,連續被構思特很差的圖片轟炸!

為什麼對親戚很重要的相片,對其他人則變得毫無意義?在這個社交媒體昌盛的時代,我們拍照放到線上,其實是給誰看?

在過去三個星期,我們分別去了一個在俄羅斯的婚禮、去了法國品酒、和去了瑞士觀光。Anne 為我們的酒公司拍了一些,而我就租了輛車,周圍看看,放了一些照片上 Instagram,拍了一些膠卷。但最後,沒有拍到一些我非常滿意的照片。但你知道嗎,旅行完畢後,想回來,其實沒什麼好介意的! 

在一些旅行照內,所有得美好:構圖想好,光線充足,唯一問題是沒有火花。沒有愛心。

就算在旅行照片中,找到一些構圖豐富,光線充足的照片,也會發覺當中沒有火花,沒有愛心。相反,這一次沒有特別好的照片,反而我沒有因此而不開心。這是什麼回事呢?

在這個充滿社交媒體的世代,我們可以先想想觀眾是誰。我的習慣是,一些照片留給 Facebook,是給朋友看的。另外一些較專業的,會放上 Flickr (當然,是以前的事)或者發表於類似平台。幾年前在 Digital Rev 工作後,開始放照片上 Instagram。

Instagram 給了我們一個公開的觀眾,其實是很好的。作為一個創作人士,當然想把東西留給自己,不必受外界的批評,但也想分享我們的創作。畢竟,藝術不是在真空𥚃產生的。給人看是好事,你可以得到回饋,你可以學習。能夠有一個平台發表您的創作,給大眾看你的照片的地方,是很有用的。

但有時候,特別是旅行,我們會喜歡拍一些比較幽默,甚至有一點無聊的照片,是給小眾看的。我的朋友會覺的我的 Instagram 很認真,有點悶,但一些私人的、比較幽默的照片,那是給這一群人看的。當你把旅行照這樣分類的時候,可以對自己說,啊,我這一次沒有拍到那完美的風景照,但沒關係,我拍了一些生活照,可以跟我們朋友分享,我可以「扔」到那邊分享,也不錯啊!

學會接受自己,接受自己作為一個攝影師,其實十分重要。當然,我們的技術是需要提高的,要不斷反省,但若老是煩惱,你會遷怒於自己,無補於事。識別你的觀眾,學會分開大眾和小眾,對你作為一個攝影師,很有幫助。 

在旅行中,你甚至可以針對著心裡不同的觀眾,時間劃分為不同部分,給自己空間維持著試驗、探險的心情。過程中,你可以用心裡的觀眾來引導你的實驗。比如說,街道攝影、隨意攝影、幽默的生活瑣碎,這些可以留給朋友看的。比較凝重的風景照、藝術照,這可以留給 Instagram,可以留給大眾。 

北京, 2011
Mamiya 6, Kodak Portra 400 VC
京都, 2013
Mamiya 6, Kodak Tri-X 400
茵特拉肯, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100

這一次旅行,我們拍了一些與工作有關的短片,同時也有時間拍自己的照片。我最近在探索航拍機攝影,相信對很多攝影師來說都是很新穎的,我有時候甚至忘了拍照!去旅行用航拍機拍照可以讓你看到很多新事物,由不同的角度出發,保持創意元素,不必對自己過分苛刻。

作為攝影師,會很常想到「真偽」這議題。哪些照片是真的?哪些是假的?哪些情感是捏造出來的?我們對外展示的「真我」,究竟是什麼一回事?

這題目對旅行攝影尤其的重要,因為所有人都想告訴別人:我玩得很開心,這個地方很漂亮。但是,假裝一個時刻是比現實美好,假裝你的人生比真相美好,我們其實沒必要這樣做。 如果是下雨天,為何要加濾鏡,美化為一個漂亮的日落?如果你覺得旅行有一刻很悶,為何要假裝你玩的很開心?

攝影能幫我們記錄過去,是回憶的一種。無論旅程有多好多壞,在五年後(其實瞬眼間就過去),你會發覺,沒有被拍下來的記憶,無論是正面的、負面的, 都會流逝。

剩下的,只有你和你最好朋友的照片。

茵特拉肯, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100
茵特拉肯, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100
茵特拉肯, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100

歡看完整短片 Digital Darkroom

Gaifong 租借旅行攝影用品。
航拍機攝影
相機鏡頭
相機機身


關於 Digital Darkroom
Digital Darkroom 由攝影師 Ian 和 Anne 創立,透過影片和文字,追索我們當初為何被這門藝術吸引,為何我們會不斷捨起照相機。 

關於 Gaifong
Gaifong 是一個網上物品共享平台,讓家中有閒置器材的人,可以把它們出租給有需要的人,賺取外快。香港、台灣、新加坡均可以用到。
探索更多: www.gaifongapp.com 

How To Be Happy With Your Travel Photography

Editor’s Note: This post is part of our guest post series on photography. Learn more here

By Ian Wong | Digital Darkroom

Photography helps us remember. It’s a selective form of reminiscing.

Someone once told me that the most boring thing in the world is looking at someone else’s travel photos. Everyone has memories of being trapped at a dinner table with your least favourite aunt, being forced to scroll through their photo albums or iPhone, seeing the most poorly composed holiday photos imaginable.

So why is that that images which might mean so much to your aunt mean so little to you? And in this age of social media when you take photographs and put them online—who are you shooting for?

Over the past three weeks, we went to a Russian wedding, to France to try some wine, and to Switzerland for just a travel. We didn’t shoot much—Anne shot some stuff for our wine company, I was driving around, posted a few pictures on Instagram, shot a few rolls of film, but I didn’t get that many fantastic shots I was very happy with. At the end of our trip, I look back and, you know what, I kind of think that’s all right.

Sometimes in an image, everything is perfect—the composition is right, the lighting is good. But there’s no spark.

Sometimes in an image, everything is perfect—the composition is right, the lighting is good. But there’s no spark. There’s no love. So how do you fix that? Especially in this age of social media. We think about the audience. Right now when I shoot, I shoot some photos for Facebook, for friends. I used to shoot more serious photos for Flickr (but that’s long been neglected) and then ever since working at Digital Rev, I started posting more on Instagram.

Having an audience on Instagram can be pretty awesome because, as a creative person, half of you wants to keep your work personally to yourself so no one ever criticizes it; but you also want to share it. Art is never developed in isolation, so it’s great when you can post it. You can get feedback. You can learn from others and that’s the great thing about posting and having an audience that is public.

Before we shared everything to the public—like, back in like early 2000s—we used to use MySpace or Xanga. We’d post like tons of pictures in blog form on Tumblr, just for friends. And I kept that all throughout like these last ten years. I really actually loved taking pictures of funny moments just for the small audience. When my friends look at my Instagram, it’s usually more boring but then, that kind of satisfies one outlet for me. The private stuff, the weird stuff, that’s for another audience. So when you separate those shots into different categories, you can go, oh I didn’t get the perfect, beautiful landscape, but hey, I found a funny moment with friends, so I’ll just chuck it “over here”.

Being happy with yourself does help with being happy with your photography because if you’re always stressing yourself out—of course, we still need to improve—you will end up being nowhere. Knowing your audience, separating those two, really helps with that.

For each of these different audiences, you can have your own projects and when you’re traveling, it’s great to define and divide your time into these different projects. It allows you to keep experimenting. Everyone has their own style, which is great—you should always develop some things that you like seeing and something you like shooting. And when experimenting, you can use these different audiences to explore different sides of things. So for example, street photography, or candid photography and funny moments, those can be for friends. And then you have landscapes and the serious stuff—that’s for the public, for Instagram.

Beijing, 2011
Mamiya 6, Kodak Portra 400 VC
Kyoto, 2013
Mamiya 6, Kodak Tri-X 400
Interlaken, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100

When we were traveling this time, we had some stuff which was just work video, but we always squeezed in time for own personal photography. Anne’s always shooting. I’m always shooting. I’ve also been exploring a lot of drone photography, which is super fun for me—it’s completely new most the time. I sometimes forget to even take photos. Just flying around, exploring these amazing places with a completely different point of view, it’s just really good fun. It helps you get stay creative.

Something that keeps coming up over and over again nowadays is the issue of authenticity. What images are real? Which ones are fake? What emotions are being manufactured, and what idea of ourselves do we want to show to the public?

This is always relevant for travel photos where everyone wants to look like they’re having a great time. But it doesn’t make any sense to pretend to yourself that your life or a moment in your life was better than it actually was. There’s no need to put a filter to salvage sunset when it’s actually cloudy. There’s no need to look like you’re having fun, when you actually bored out of your mind.

Photography helps us remember. It’s a selective form of reminiscing. Sometimes the holiday can be so bad or are so good but in five years—which passes by faster you can think—often all those negative memories fade away because they weren’t captured on film.

At the end, all you’re left with are just pictures of you and your best friends.

Interlaken, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100
Interlaken, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100
Interlaken, 2017
Mamiya 6, Kodak Ektar 100

This blog post is adapted original video.

Travel equipment for hire on Gaifong:
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About Digital Darkroom
Digital Darkroom is an ode to film photography. With this project, Anne and I are seeking to go back to the roots of why we were drawn towards this craft in the first place, and what compels us to keep coming back

About Gaifong
Gaifong is an online platform where you can rent photography gear, drones, and other equipment to and from fellow creatives.  Available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and selected markets.
www.gaifongapp.com 

How does Gaifong protect my items?

At Gaifong, there is nothing more important to us than the safety of your items. In this article, we will cover the ways in which lending out your equipment on Gaifong is safe and secure.

  1. The Security Deposit System
  2. ID Checks
  3. Fraud-checking using Stripe Radar

1. The Security Deposit System

As mentioned in previous blog posts and inside the app itself, the Security Deposit system is the cornerstone of safety on Gaifong. 

When you list an item onto Gaifong, you must state a security deposit amount. This amount must be at least 50% of the item’s value.

When a borrower rents your item, the security deposit amount you stated will be frozen on his or her payment method. What this means is that they will not run away or damage your item without consequences—the deposit is already authorised on their payment method. 

For example, you’re renting out your Canon 5D—a popular model on our platform, you could put a deposit as $9,000 HKD (~$1,300 USD). This amount will be held on the borrower’s card, making sure they don’t run away. 

2. ID Checks

All borrowers of equipment above $5,000 HKD (~$700 USD) will be asked to go through an ID check. Currently, you will be asked to upload a copy of your HKID or passport, along with a photo of yourself holding this. This ensures that the borrower is who they say they are, and that they are not using a false identity. 

Report the following situation to us immediately:

  • If someone requests you to send money to them outside of Gaifong
  • If a person asks you for an exemption of the security deposit

This is a red flag for suspicious behaviour, and we will be able to investigate and blacklist such users immediately. 

Learn more about security deposits in the FAQ section inside the app.

3. Fraud-checking using Stripe Radar

Gaifong uses Stripe as our payments gateway partner.

Lastly, Gaifong’s bookings System is supported by Stripe, a PCI Level-1 (highest) payment gateway trusted by many major online businesses, including Lyft, Shopify, and Deliveroo. All information is sent through secure connection, and never reaches Gaifong’s servers.

When a borrower submits their payment information, Stripe automatically checks this against all past transactions to identify suspicious or stolen cards. Borrowers also need to enter details such as address, CCV, and full name, to make sure that they are not using a stolen identity or payment method. 

As an Owner, therefore always insist that the Borrower books through the system, so that they can go through the security check.

Bottom line: the Gaifong booking system protects your items and keeps out thieves and evildoers. We will update our security measures periodically to be even more airtight. For suggestions and questions, please reach out to us through the Help Centre in the app.

(last updated: Aug 30, 2018)

Browse items on Gaifong

Understanding the Rentals Process

Welcome to Gaifong! To protect the safety and security of both borrower and lender, Gaifong acts as a middleman through our e-payments system, so that borrowers don’t have to worry about owners leaving with their security deposits, and owners can be assured that borrowers will return their items on time.

In short, this is how the rental process works

  • The borrower provides payments details when making a reservation in the system.
  • When the owner accepts, the borrower’s payment method is charged.
  • The money will first go to Gaifong, and will then be released to the owner on Day 2 of the rental period. 
  • The Security Deposit amount is not charged—it is only authorised on the borrower’s payment method. 
  • The Security Deposit hold will lapse 2 days after the rental period.

NEW: Borrowers also need to go through an ID check with our system before they can borrow expensive items, such as cameras or lenses.

For more questions, consult the Help Centre inside the app, or talk with one of our customer representatives. Happy renting!

6 myths about flying drones

Drones are going to be a ubiquitous part of the future. The past few years alone have seen an industry grow from a few million to a few billion dollars, with applications ranging from military to agriculture, and now, in the hands of consumers.

There are drones that can fly 60km/h and race around tracks. Others can fit into your pocket — not much bigger than your iPad mini. Still, others are big, sturdy, and can even carry packages. But the truth is, many are afraid to try. If you’re one of those people, then scroll down, and take a look at the 6 myths about drone-flying — debunked.

Myth #1 — I need special training to fly a drone

Photo: DJI

Most people think that you need hours and hours of training just to steer a drone. The truth is, you can master the basic controls just 3 minutes! You can take off, and land safely, most drones on Gaifong.  Most higher-end drones on the market now have auto-takeoff, auto-landing, and obstacle avoidance functions. Even if you accidentally drop the controller, the drone stays in mid-air! Battery life goes up to 20+ minutes, if you feel lazy, just tap a button and call it home — it’ll fly itself back to where it took off!

Myth #2 — I don’t have a car — it’s too big to carry

Well, if you’re renting a military drone (which, of course, isn’t available on Gaifong…), then maybe it can be bulky. But most consumer drones can fit into a small suitcase. The DJI Mavic Pro can be folded and put into a small-sized backpack or even handbag! The DJI Spark? Even smaller!

Myth #3 — If I damage a rented drone, I’ll have to pay for the whole thing

Well, if you drove it into the ocean on purpose, and pour water on it, then yes, you have to pay for it! But of, you just have to pay for any lost or broken parts, and small repair costs. Normal wear and tear is expected, such as scratches — just talk to the Owner about it beforehand!

Myth #4 — Drones are illegal to fly in Hong Kong

Drones are indeed illegal to fly… if you’re in an airport, that is. In most other places, they are perfectly legal to fly. But remember — avoid crowds, buildings, and not go higher than 120m. Here’s a list of government guidance about flying drones in Hong Kong.

Myth #5 — There’s nowhere to fly drone in Hong Kong

If you’re in Mongkok, then indeed! Nowhere to fly! BUT, you can take a quick minivan or bus to Jordan Valley Park, Cyberport park, or any other open country park, then you’re in drone heaven. Just remember — always maintain a line of sight with the drone, and don’t go too far!

Myth #6 — Only professionals fly drones

Well, by now, we hope that you’re convinced that even beginners can experience the joy of drone-flying. Go with a friend and take turns, and keep a steady thumb. With 3 minutes of practice, you too can make stunning videos like these!

So what are you waiting for? Borrow a drone in the Gaifong mobile app or browse the catalogue online (no download needed).

Getting Your Rental Items Noticed: 5 SEO Essential Tips

Gaifong, ‘neighbours’ in Cantonese, is your go-to place for borrowing and lending spare items lying around—such as camera lenses or GoPros.

But with over 18,000+ items on our platform, how does one go about getting items noticed? In internet lingo, what’s the best “SEO” strategy specific to the Gaifong platform? 

Here are our top 5 tips. We’ll explore these one by one:

  • Include a High-Quality Photo
  • Optimise Item Titles
  • Offer Multiple Pick-up Locations
  • Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!
  • Make Your Description Informative

1. Include a High-Quality Photo

This one is obvious, but many people forget this part! Sometimes when you fulfil a Wish or add items from Suggestions, your listing is made without an actual photo.

Under your Profile Page, identify all the items with no photos and add one as soon as you can. Without a photo, they won’t appear in search results.

2. Optimise Item Titles

What’s special about your GoPro Hero 4? Or your PlayStation? After all, tons of people have those. Limit your item title to around 30 characters to make sure they display fully in all screen sizes. Include interesting details that make your stand out:

GOOD:

GoPro Hero 5

BETTER:

GoPro Hero 5 (with memory card)

BEST:

GoPro Hero 5 (with memory card) — Week: $300

3. Offer Multiple Pick-up Locations

Most people search for items based on location, rather than price. After all, what good is a HK$30-per-day Nintendo Switch if it’s all the way on Lamma Island?

Under Item Details > Pick-up Locations, it is a good idea to include as many locations as possible. For example, if you live in Fan Ling but work in Tin Hau, and you’re listing a small item that is easily transportable, such as a GoPro or a 360 camera, then you can list in all these places.

Even better: list in locations where your colleagues and family members live or work — they can help with meet-ups! Enlist their help.

4. Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!

Items with at least 1 review are much more likely to be rented out than those with 0 reviews. In fact, reviews are the single most important variable when it comes to item popularity!

To get your first review, you may want to temporarily lower your item price, or offer short-term discounts. Watch the reviews grow after your first one!

5. Make Your Description Informative

Lastly, did you know that our search algorithm crawls through item descriptions too? Use this to include associated keywords for your items. 

If you’re in a place in Hong Kong where people might be using two languages, make sure you include both Chinese and English keywords. If you’re renting out your drone, make sure you mention that batteries are included too—sometimes, people just need to borrow batteries and not the whole drone. 

The better your description, the clearer the picture people will have about your items. When compared with other similar items or models, yours will therefore get more expressions of interests and conversions.

Happy hunting!

Want to list items to rent out onto Gaifong? Get the app and snap away, or write to contact@gaifongapp.com to list without downloading.

10 things you should rent rather than buy in Hong Kong

So little space… 

1. Virtual Reality Systems

We’ve all seen videos like the one below. Virtual Reality is the future of tech and communications. However, right now in 2018, it is still too expensive! The headsets alone will set up back a few thousand. But it’s the powerful PCs that must be connected to the headsets, that drive up the cost.

Editor’s Tips: VR Rentals start from HK$900 a day. Split the cost with friends!

You save: HK$18,000 (vs buying)

2. GoPros

A new model comes out every year, it’s hard to give up! Why not just rent when you need it? After all, how many times do you go scuba-diving or skiing? But once you’re up there on the mountains, wow. What an experience.

Editor’s Tips: Great for snorkeling! For deeper dives, rent a casing.

You save: HK$4,000 (vs buying)

3. 360 Cameras

More a toy than anything useful… rent and try for a weekend. But for those one or two occassions where you need them, it’s really something!

Editor’s Tips: Use together with Facebook and Youtube 360 for a new travel photos sharing experience.

You save: HK$1,500 (vs. buying)

4. Digital SLR Cameras

There are over 1,000 of bodies and lenses ou tthere in the market… why limit yourself to one? Go rent, rather than buy. Use a Sony A7 one weekend; the Canon 5D the next, and a Nikon D850 the next… feeling creative? Try a Contax T3!

Too many to choose from! …. Why not just rent?

Editor’s Tips: Try something below HK$100 a day if it’s your first time. If you’re already a pro, go forHK $500–1,000 a day range.

You save: Up to HK$25,000 (vs. buying)

5. Nintendo Switch

Let’s have a Mario Mart Tournament! Rent for your kids, nephews, nieces, for school holidays. Comes with up to 4 controllers for a grand melee!

Editor’s Tips: Most sets on Gaifong come with multiple games.

You save: HK$8,000 (vs. buying console + games)

6. PlayStation 4

FIFA, NBA2K18, Gran Turismo… these are all classic titles we love. But let’s face it, if you’re moving up your career ladder and are busy with kids, you probably won’t have much time to touch the machine, even if you bought it. Just rent one from your neighbours for holidays!

Editor’s Tips: Rent cool accessories like Driving Wheels, and PlayStation VR headsets as well.

You save: HK$6,000 (vs. buying)

7. Traveller’s Backpacks

Travel in style by renting a 60L backpacks—especially if you’re going somewhere more adventurous (and fewer paved roads!) Choose from our incredible range of backpacks and travel equipments.

You save: HK$2,000 (vs. buying) … and TONS of space

8. Drones + Goggles

Awaken the pilot in you! Try different drone models and master your skills, from the light and nimble DJI Spark, to the professional quality Phantom 4. Rent for a video project — return when done!

You can be a drone pilot too!

Editor’s Tips: Check your city’s no-fly zones before you kick it off!

You save: HK$5,000-$15,000 (vs. buying)

9. Recording Equipment

Whether you want to record a song for a loved one, or shoot a corporate video for your company, you’ll soon fine out that the microphone on your iPhone just won’t cut it. Play it back, and you might as well be beaming in from the Space Station!

Editor’s Tips: Clip-on mics are great for interviews. For music recording, get a Zoom recorder.

You save: HK$12,000 (vs. buying)

10. Wedding Decorations

How many times are you going to get married? Probably just once! Every year, couples waste a ton of resources and money on things for the banquet: popcorn machines for their guests; props for Chinese tea ceremony; fog machines; Instant Photo stations.

Have an environmentally friendly wedding.

Editor’s Tips: In the Gaifong mobile app, go to ‘Weddings’ section.

You save: HK$19,000 (vs. buying)

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10 Games to Try on PSVR

One of the post popular items on Gaifong — PlayStation VR Headset for home use

Since hitting store shelves earlier in 2017, the PlayStation VR system has been praised by its ease of use, ease of installation, and the strength of its gaming titles.

Compared to other “room-scale VR systems”, the PlayStation VR can be plugged into the HDMI socket of your PlayStation 4 console and is ready to play. You can even use the same console controllers!

Best thing, the gaming titles are not just for hardcore gamers. They’re for everyone. Whether it’s trying to keep monkeys away from your bananas by shooting soft arrows at them, or battling aliens in a tank, the titles on offer are designed to appeal all gamers.

Our Editors have had the chance to one of the many PlayStation VR systems available on Gaifong. Here are 10 top games we think you should try!

1. Ocean Odessey — Put on the headset, and you find yourself into a metal cage, being lowered deeper and deeper into the ocean — manta rays, glowing jellyfish, trenches and corals. It’s all there. A awe-inspiring introduction to the world of VR!

2. Driveclub VR — Fancy driving a Ferrari in VR? Yep, we thought so too! The graphics are so realistic that even the reflection in the rearview mirrors and the raindrops on the windshield are realistically rendered. Keep your eye no the road, though!

3. Biohazard/Resident Evil — For thrill-seekers out there, this is a must-try. The latest entry to the franchise features the usual dark rooms, flickering lights, and zombies. The difference? They quite literally jump out at you!

4. Ae Banana — with a bow and arrow (well, plumber, actually), you must prevent a troupe of monkeys from stealing your bananas! Using the two Motion Controllers (also available for rent from most lenders), shoot as though you had a real bow and arrow in your hand.

5. London Heist — the demo disc version includes a shooting range practice. Using two motion controllers, which double as your hands, you can pick up pistols in front of you, load the magazine, and fire at a range of targets that will pop up around you. The reloading action is smooth and intuitive, allowing for a precise shooting experience.

6. RIGS — described as the “mechanised combat league”, this game is a cross between Gundam and Capture the Flags. Sit in the cockpit of your robot fighter, and defeat your opponents in a timed match of strategy and wits.

7. Tumble VR — people are often surprised to learn that VR isn’t just about shooters and combat sports. This title proves that point very well — arrange blocks, mirrors, lasers, to achieve certain goals and targets. The use of space is unique: at times, you need to carefully rotate a block in your hand so that it fits between two pieces! Young kids will love this one.

8. Battlezone — the classic tank game is back in VR! Travel around a map to shoot down enemies using a cannon to Gatlin gun. If you’re lucky, you get an big Electro-Magnetic Pulse!

9. Until Dawn VR — if shooting games is your Forte, London Heist, and you also have a penchant for a good scare, then you’ll love this one. As you sit inside a roller coaster cart, enemies ranging from monsters, clowns, to even a giant ragon, will spring up at you. Duck rafters, and reload as quick as you can to avoid ending up as someone else’s dinner!

10. Allumette — Finally, we’ll end with one of the most creative uses of VR. Allumette (“match” in French) is actually a movie, where you get to change your viewing perspective and move around the characters. Want to see what the protagonist is writing in her diary? You must peer closer and lean in. A guaranteed tear-jerker!

What is Gaifong?

Gaifong is an online platform where you can borrow and lend things from neighbours in our secure environment. The network is currently available in Hong Kong, Singapore, and parts of Australia and Canada. If you’re in one of these places, go to the App store and download the free app, or browse our online catalogue.