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Artist Creates New Batch of “Porn for the Blind” – Tech Talk – CBS News – lingerie inspired tactile pictures by Lisa J. Murphy, author of last year’s "Tactile Mind".
PhotoCaddy for iPhone review – iPod/iPhone – Macworld UK – get instant advice on a wide range of photographing situations.
The Blind Photographer – THE BHF NETWORK – Poetra Ama Asantewa has used every sense to get images. You need to be a network member to get access to this.
Vision, Blindness, and New Years Resolutions « I DREAMED A WORLD – a celebration of blind photographers, and a model for making your future.
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Vince’s Parallax: Blind Photography
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A new focus on life: Photographer unfazed after surgery leaves him blind – Green Valley News & Sun – Howard Benedict has certainly had a life-changing experience, but life goes on.
Albert Watson – Scotland on Sunday – Albert Watson has made a career out of photographing the bold and the beautiful but his Scottish roots keep pulling him to new projects … and potential retirement.
Blind Photography Block | Losing Vision Gaining Insight – Belinda Brasley faces a crisis in confidence.
Mobile 3D Display With Pen That Feels What You See (video) | Singularity Hub – with any luck, this could be helpful in displaying photographs to blind people.
Oliver Sacks Discusses Vision and ‘The Mind’s Eye’ : NPR – Oliver Sacks, who has a passion for stereo photography, talks about the loss of sight in one of his eyes, amongst other things. Incidentally, "The Mind’s Eye" is available in
Polaroid CES 2011 Teaser Promises Resurrection of Instant Photography – Softpedia – but it’s uncertain what the future holds.
Aiptek i2 3D HD Camcorder Review — Tech Tilt – the review isn’t exactly glowing.
An Insight into my world of photography | Blinkie Photography – Andrew Follows makes a case for more acceptance of visually impaired people in photography.
[Video] Blind Photography – Students at the Rancho Mirage, CA campus of the Braille Institute of America share their thoughts and photographs during a field trip to the Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs. Students range from partially sighted to totally blind.
Eyes Wide Open event – Rochester Cathedral | Tim Sharp Photography Blog – the project was developed in association with Kent Association of the Blind, and is an exploration in many media of Rochester Cathedral.
Photographer Interview – Andrew Follows & Eamon | Rule of Thirds Photography – Andrew Follows explains how the camera enables him to see. Eamon is his guide dog.
Sight Unseen – International Photography by Blind Artists, Flacon, Moscow – December 3 to 28, 2010. The exhhibition formerly shown in California.
The Perfect Focus: Blog of a legally blind photographer by richfavinger Personal blog of a legally blind photographer. Discussions and postings about Nystagmus, personal views of disability, triumphs, and tribulations of being visually disabled. A showcase of photography work.& nbsp;
Albert Watson, Royal Photographic Society centenary medal winner | Art and design | guardian.co.uk</a> – this article has some of his best shots.</p>
Android Quick-App: Vignette | Android Central</a> – examples of what camera apps can do on an Android phone.</p>
Art Beyond Sight: Telephone Conference Crash Course</a></p>
Color Blind Photographer Shout Out – Mozilla Firefox</a> – if you are a colourblind photographer, Scott Wyden would like to have your link and information about how you operate.</p>
Hands On: Sony Bloggie Touch « The Phoblographer</a> – useful snapshot (sorry) of this pocket camcorder</p>
My First Week with the iPhoneBehind the Curtain | Behind the Curtain</a> – using the Color Idintifier app.</p>
My Triple Whammy</a> – Lee Stranahan is a film-maker who is facing many challenges, including the possibility of going blind through diabetes.</p>
New from Canada – The Photo Forum – Photography Discussion Forum</a> – would-be professional photographer who is legally blind through achromatopsia open to reactions from others.</p>
Photographing fall colors – home – A Better Photograph</a> – not specifically aimed at blind photographers, but some handy hints on handling color/colour in the autumn/fall.</p>
Shooting Tethered – Digital Camera Tips</a> – tethering is having your camera (typically a DSLR) connected to a computer so that you have all the advantages of the big screen.</p>
The Vision of a Blind Film Director | ParmFarm</a> – Joe Monks has directed a political / horror drama, "The Bunker", He is raising funds to enhance the quality of the filmn.. If you want to donate by September 30th, please visit the <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sightunseenpictures/blind-directors-feature-film-the-bunker/pledge/new?clicked_reward=false&logged_in=false&p=0&v=u”>
Kickstarter page for this project</a>.</p>
[Video] The John Dugdale School of 19th Century Photography and Aesthetics </a> – short film about the building of a new school by famed photographer John Dugdale, who is blind. It offers an intimate look into the life in his upstate NY farmhouse and his mission to create a one of a kind school. At the end, there’s an opportunity for people to purchase specially priced limited edition prints to help build the school.</p>
Writing/Photography: Reflections on a Lifetime of Living with AIDS (Excerpt from my book, Journeys Through Darkness) </a> by Alina Oswald, who has aIDS-related retinitis.</p>
Keith Cooper discusses black and white photography – a must-read if, like me, you just don’t get black-and-white.
Shutterbugs Ditching Digital for Film – some of the choices open to photographers are film, including doing your own processing, staying with the point-and-shoot digital and even making retro-style photos with your iPhone.
The Royal Photographic Society Awards Centenary Medal to Albert Watson – Mr. Watson joins the likes of David Bailey in the roll of honour. You may also like to read
Scots photographer snaps up top award – The Scotsman.
Touch Sight Camera | Communication | National Design Triennial: Why Design Now | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – this camera has a refreshable Braille display instead of an LCD screen, and records 3 seconds of audio when someone takes a shot. It is still described as a concept.
[Video] iPad apps for professional photographers – using lighting diagrams and mood boards.
Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch – Rob Galbraith DPI – the flexibility of using the ShutterSnitch app on the iPad with a wireless-enabled camera such as many recent Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
After The Rain « Losing Vision Gaining Insight – the photo might be disappointing at first, but let’s look at the details.
Albany ARC holds summer transition program – WALB.com News – visually impaired students with ambitions. One aims to run her own photographic business. Trust me, somehwhere on this messy page, there is a video (Flash) and a text article.
Arts Victoria Funding – Blinkie Photography – tight arts funding jeopardises Andrew Follows’ exhibition.
Aurora: Local photographer sees through a different lens – Jim Braun Marfan’s Syndrome, which affects his eyes and many other things. Photography, however, gives him several benefits.
Authors@Google: Tony Deifell | Business Strategies 101 – Tony Deifell taught blind children photography, and learned what it means to see.
Bllind Photography @ Losing Vision Gaining Insight – a feature on blindphotographers.org.
Capturing moments – a photography workshop in the Philippines included blind participants.
Field Test: Apple iPhone 4 Camera « The Phoblographer – some very strong features, but the iPhone 4 would not be everybody’s choice of primary camera.
Flickr: Help: Getty Images – your chance to have your images valued commercially.
Grants for Nonprofit Photography | eHow.com – USA sources of finance.
High Desert Sketches: Even Dust Devils Wear Prada In The Last Frontier – by George Covington, who is a photographer with about 10% normal vision. This is George in the day job, writing on this occasion about fashions.
In Blind Test iPhone 4 Camera Quality Bests All | AppCart – the 5 megapixel camera does well against several other phones and point-and-shoot cameras.
New Book on Photography for the Web – SitePoint’s “Photography for the Web” looks really like a useful basic guide to the nuts and bolts of photography.
New photo of Eamon and myself – Blinkie Photography – Andrew Follows considers tha dvantages of manual camera settings.
New SeeAbility initiative encourages creativity (From Basingstoke Gazette) – project that encourages blind people to be creative inclues photography and other arts.
SeeAbility Web Site
One Day On Earth – The World’s Story is Yours to Tell – take part in a world-wide documentary project on 10/10/10
Photographers "Banned for Life" for Taking Photos in Public Parking Lot » Photography Bay – another confrontation between photographers and officers of the law, this time in Miami Florida. This is a situation, this article says, that is unfair to both parties. For an alternative view of photography in public places, visit
Here’s looking at you. ‘Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera’ at Tate Modern until 3 Oct – "There’s a moral blind spot at the heart of photography, writes Kerry William Purcell. It is a blind spot that was manifest in the recent outpouring of protestations and demonstrations concerning the possible criminalisation of street photography in London… "
Some IPhone 4 Cameras Have Yellowing Problem – the iPhone 3 doesn’t have this. Maybe a white balance issue?
Top 10 iPhone photo apps | ZDNet – well, there are plenty of lists like this of iPhone apps, but this one was compiled on evidence of what apps photographers used when entering a competition.
Watch: Visually Impaired Photography Students at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind | jacksonville.com – down-to-earth account of the way students were introduced to photography.
For more background on blind photography, you’re very welcome to visit my page,
Vince’s Parallax: Blind Photography. You can also see a slideshow of some of my photos on Flicr below.
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my slideshows on YouTube
Ability Adventures’ Accessible Tours in New Zealand, where photography is one of the activities.
Blind Shooting – short video showing how a press photographer might get a shot when not in direct view of the subject.
Film Maker Captures Absurdity, Empty Threats Of Police Terror Stop Laws | Dark Politricks – in London, it clearly pays to know your legal rights if you’re a photographer or film-maker.
Lighting the Way: Pictures Help People See from Another Point of View – the story of Tony Deifell and the experience of teaching visually impaired children to take photographs, which led to the book, "Seeing Beyond Sight".
No Space Exists – lodrorigdzin (Alex de Jong) writes of a further loss of sight that affects his interest in photography, and is driving him towards other means of expression.
Quality Underwater Cameras – some suggestions for divers and those who want to photograph in wet weather conditions.
Review: The Beautifully Flawed iPhone 4 – some of the improvements in the new smartphone, and some of the pitfalls.
Officially Introducing the New Apple iPhone 4
Ok, so what’s of interest to us blindies?
- The ‘retinal display’, for those with enough sight to read it, is said to be the clearest electronic display in the world
- Quad-band radio
- 5 megapixel rear camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- 720 HD recording
- iMovie for iPhone
All very visual, you might say, but the iPhone can be persuaded to carry out OCR and colour recognition, and a better camera hopefully means more accurate results. Flash (not the Adobe app! ) is included, and so is better low-light sensitivity, so this means more versatility. Movies include sound, of course. You can even add music to them on the phone
Another review including video of Steve Jobs with Rent-A-Crowd audience.
Article on accessibility
Some of the features
- ViceOver of course, but this version is gesture based rather than relying on keyboard commands
- Supports wireless Braille and has Braille tables for about 25 languages
- Touch typing with speech feedback
- Different ways of navigating through web pages with the rota control
- Zoom and magnify lets you zoom up to 5 times size
- Suppport for closed captioning
- High contrast screen setting
- Voice Control
- Predictive text – guesses what you’re going to type
- Some important buttons are tactile
- Email text can be enlarged
- Stereo headset with mike
- Hands-free speaker-phone
- Audible, Visible and Vibrating alerts
- Accessible formats for user guide
I’m told it makes a lousy cup of coffee!
Access is a Right and Good Public Policy | Accessibility News International – May 30 to June 5 is Manitoba Access Awareness Week
Accessible book (Open Library) – read books online.
Accessible Media Project – ways of presenting media on web sites. Requires Silverlight.
Accessibility for the Disabled – A Design Manual for a Barrier Free Environment – United Nations Program on Disability.
Accounting Software for Vision Impaired, World First – Cash Manager, an Australian product.
AFB AccessWorld: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired – May 2010 Issue – contents include Android Phone Accessibility, Oratio Screen Reader for BlackBerry, Illuminated Magnifiers, the iPad, CSUN 2010 Highlights, Social Networking Accessibility, Home Appliance Update
Another iPhone 4 Prototype Leaks–What Can We Learn From It? [Updated] | Fast Company – probably one of those controlled Apple leaks…..
Bad Eyes Sees the PDF Light – PDFs need not be horribly inaccessible.
Barriers to Careers – Fred’s Head – guess what – not all blind people are musicians, and not all need huge amounts of care…..
Computer centers for visually impaired open – UzA – centre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan .
Crosswalk removed after complaints – China Daily – 2 weeks after being installed to enable blind and deaf children to cross the road, the crossing, in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, annoyed local people by being too noisy when driven over.
E-Access Bulletin’s sixth annual conference and exhibition on access to technology by people with disabilities, e-Access ’10, takes place on 13 July 2010 at Olympia 2 Conference Centre, London.
eSpeak text to speech – a speech synthesiser that can handle English and many other languages. Works on Linux and Windows.
[Book] Google It! A Guide to the World’s Most Popular Search Engine (2010 Second Edition) (GOOGLE) – new edition to cover recent developments.
Happy Birthday VoiceOver– The Mac-cessibility Network – News [Lioncourt.com] – what’s happened to VoiceOver since its launch in April, 2005.
Helpful bus stops are talk of the town – Edinburgh Evening News – blind passengers can use a fob or smartphone to get timetable and other bus information in this new pilot project.
How Are Seeing Eye Dogs Taught to Interpret Stoplights if Dogs Are Color-Blind? – short answer – they aren’t, and they don’t.
HTML5, ARIA Roles, and Screen Readers in May 2010 — Research — Accessible Culture – how the major screen readers measure up in these new environments.
HTML5 & Accessibility – Access U 2010 – slide show without apparently any sound. Humph!
Indoor & Outdoor Travel Skills for Adults with Vision Loss | VisionAWARE – an american site, but could be useful anywhere.
J-Tools? – T & T Consultancy – enhancements for JAWS version 11.
Bierley Maggie – Hagger Electronics – a pocket CCTV for £99 (£116 including VAT)
Michigan Students to Develop RFID-enabled Robotic Guide Dog – RFID Journal – sounds a bit like the Batcane or Ultracane, but this one recognises radio tags in places like supermarkets.
Microsoft Impresses — Really — with TellMe Voice Text and Search – PCWorld – text messages and web searches look really easy on the Samsung Sprint Intrepid, which responds to voice commands.
MoPix – Motion Picture Access – Making Movie Theaters Accessible to Disabled Audiences
Mushroom FM Internet radio station. – The home of the Fun guys – Jonathan Mosen, Brian Hartgen, Jeff Bishop and others have set up this new Internet radio station.
New information system for blind and visually impaired individuals – Freie Universität Berlin researchers are working on a device that connects wirelessly to the Internet and provides numerous information channels and the ability to handle e-mail. This is aimed primarily at those who are not experienced computer users – the InformA device works a bit like a radio.
[DOC] Self-directed support – What it is and how blind and partially sighted people can benefit. Factsheet from the RNIB in the UK about the new Personal Budgets/Direct Payments system. You may also like to read
[DOC] Personalisation: getting the most from personal budgets and self-directed care
ScreenRuler Suite V3 from Claro Software – with new features for Windows XP and Windows 7 (including 64-bit). This is a screen tool of most use to those with some sight, though it also has high-quality voices.
Speech in a Virtual World, Part II – SpeechTechMag.com – technology assisting in Second Life, etc, including the Virtual Guide Dog and speech recognition.
Tactile voting system for the blind sought – RTÉ News the current system in Ireland is to ask a trusted friend to help you vote. the National Council for the Blind say this is no longer adequate.
Visually Impaired Person Technology User Conference (Hosted by Vista Center for the Blind) | DAISY Consortium – May 22nd, 2010 in Mountain View, California. Presentations on smart phone topics.
West Bank invention to help blind – Al Jazeera English – Video – 3 girls from a Palestinian refugee camp have researched and produced a buzzing and vibrating cane for blind people.