Will Pokemon Go and other VR Games Become A Nuisance for Photographers

I am curious: have any photographers yet run into any issues with kids/adults looking to catch Pokemon in popular photo spots such as the barns in the Tetons or elsewhere?

Last week, before Pokemon Go was released, we were photographing the Milky Way above the John Moulton Barn at 11:30pm when someone’s headlamp walked into our shot and stayed there. We initially thought it was another photographer but when I walked up to the person to let them know where we were photographing from, it turned out to be a young adult playing the Ingress game (another VR game in which the map for Pokemon was based off of).

You can see the light from a young gentleman's phone under the trees in this photo. He was playing the VR game Ingress, similar to Pokemon Go.

You can see the light from a young gentleman’s phone under the trees in this photo. he was playing the VR game Ingress, similar to Pokemon Go.

He said he had to stay in position for a while to do whatever he had to do in the game (this was the first time I ever heard of these VR games). So we had to wait for a bit while his game did it’s thing.

I am wondering if anyone has had any other experiences like this yet, and if you think this could become quite a nuisance as these types of games get more popular. This can sure make it challenging getting night shots in certain spots if there are a lot of cell phones glowing in the dark – and equally worse in the daylight with larger groups of people!

An Hour at Night at the John Moulton Barn 1400px

Fortunately I didn’t have anyone stop by with their cell phone during this one-hour exposure!

At least there are still lots of locations that don’t yet have cell coverage in the parks out here in the West. But what about other locations. Has anyone run into groups of people yet where you want to photograph? Could this become a problem?

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Danny Head July 13, 2016   Reply →

    Had two people walking into our scene (the other Mormon barn) at about 11:30 on June 25th…. they never came up to the area where you would get the barn and the Milky Way…. never knew what they were doing. They left after we yelled a couple times….could have been the same thing. 🙁

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