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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Since the first introduction thread,the second one, thethe third one, and now the fourth are so full, let's use this thread for introductions.

This group IS for visually impaired photographers, so anyone who wishes to post photos in this group could share the story of their vision (pun intended). Anyone with an interest in blindness and photography is welcome to join the discussions of course.

Thanks and welcome.
Originally posted at 3:21PM, 21 November 2011 PDT (permalink)
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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello David, and welcome to Blind Photographers Group!

Anyone with an interest in photography and blindness issues may participate in these discussions.

Only those with a visual impairment may post images.

We look forward to hearing more from you and seeing any images you may post with us.

Drew Bedo
48 months ago (permalink)

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Shoot'n'Scoot says:

Hopefully this is the right place for this. My name is Kev I'm in the Uk and have lost pretty much all my central vision to Cone Dystrophy, and have some damage to my residual peripheral vision. I am really glad to have stumbled, literally upon this group. I used to be very keen on aviation photography in my younger years, and have recently picked up a camera for the first time in decades, much to the bemusement of some folks, and with some fairly predictable reactions given the politically motivated climate towards disability that exists in the UK today. Hope to post soon.
47 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello Shoot-N-Scoot, and welcome to Blind Photographers Group om Flicker!

We look forward to seeing your images posted here.

Regards,

drew Bedo
46 months ago (permalink)

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Shoot'n'Scoot says:

Thank you, really glad I found this group. looking forward to learning from others experiences.
46 months ago (permalink)

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Jerry Posey says:

Hello, my name is Jerry and I have RP with about 3 degrees of vision left. I retired about two years ago and moved to Florida. I'm getting bored and was looking for something to do and I've been interested in taking pictures so am interested in learning more and getting opinions about the pictures I've been taking. I just have a point and shoot camera but I've been getting some good pictures, anyway I think they are, my wife likes to take pictures also and some of mine look better than what she gets with her DLSR. Look forward to learning from the group.
46 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello Jerry, and welcome to Blind Photographers Group on Flicker.

We look forward to seeing your photos.

Please check out the cALL fOR aRT THREAD I POSTED A WHILE BACK.

REGARDS,

dREW bEDO
46 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Oops! Hit the caps lock . . .sorry.
46 months ago (permalink)

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Flipped Out says:

Ken Ilio here.
Blind in my right eye, a recent condition, most probably due to, according to the doctor, shingles. Sight is funky, as my brain is trying to fill in the missing pieces due to the retinal damage. Colors are wild and "marbling" - that's the closest word I can describe it. The left eye had some issues too, but sight has been stable, not 20/20, but at least has not deteriorated compared to the right eye.
45 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello Ken,

Thanks for sharing your experience.

My vision loss, though due to a different condition, was just as abrupt and unexpected. I too experiences the phenomenon you describe where the brain tries to fill-in or replace the missing parts. Although each of us with a visual impairment has a different experience, we share many tnings in common. I hope that there are some social services for the visually impaired in your state. here in Texas the Division for Blind Services offers training in how to adapt to a different way of living.

Welcome to Blind Photographers Group on Flicker.

Drew Bedo
45 months ago (permalink)

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aliceholloway95 says:

Hi everyone,

My names Alice, I hope I am ok posting this on here as I have no visual impairment but am a filmmaker and keen photographer researching into making a documentary about "blind photography". I wondered if anyone would tell me more about themselves, how they manage their photography. or if anyone has any stories to tell about their photography. I would love to discuss your work.
41 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello Alice and welcome to BPG on flicker!

Your project is worth researching.

First off, start by reading these posts on the Introduce Yourself threads. There are five of these threads and there is a wealth of sharing there.

Second; You may post a request as a thread.

thirdly: I encourage you to contact members directly through Flicker Mail. Some will respond and some will not.

A last option: check threads here for others who have done research. There have been several academic researchers who have done projects involving members here. These range from High School through advanced degree projects. Again, Flicker Mail is the place to start.

Best wishes,

Drew Bedo
41 months ago (permalink)

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thomas.s.helms says:

Hello everyone,

I'm Thomas S. Helms, I am a student currently at Western Kentucky University majoring in German and Entrepreneurship with minors in Nonprofit Administration, and Computer Information Systems. I was given the info for this Flickr group from Mr. Craig Royal, who I originally reached out to for advice on shooting photography with low vision and some of the tips and tricks which everyone in the low vision community finds useful when shooting professional photographs. Personally, I was born with a genetic condition known as Albinism, which means I have no pigment in my hair, skin, or eyes. Additionally, I am legally blind with a best corrected acuity of 20/200 and uncorrected at 20/400. Due to the lack of pigment in my eyes, I am especially sensitive to light and have issues on bright sunny days, and for that matter, florescent lights as well unless I am wearing some sort of hat with a brim, etc. I am more than willing to go into more detail if anyone has any specific questions.

Continually, I have recently regained my interest in photography and I am attempting to sharpen my skills before my trip to Germany next month. I started to meddle with photography in my younger days, however I never messed with it too much further than a good quality point and shoot camera. However, I have been fortunate enough to recently purchase my first DSLR camera and I am wanting to use it to the best of my ability, not only during my trip but in the future as well. I will certainly post several of the pictures I have managed to take thus far, and would love some feedback on them. Also, I would greatly appreciate any tips or trick everyone's come up with in order to cope with low vision while shooting photography. If anyone has any further questions, I will certainly be more than happy to answer them so please feel free to ask.

Best regards,

-Stewart
38 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello Stewart, and welcome to BPG!

Sorry for the slow response. This group is pretty slow right now and I only check on it 1-2 times a week.

Well, you have a DSLR so much of the technical problems in capturing an image are taken care of. The first thing I would recommend is to "RTFM, or Read That Fat Manual. Get a CD or read it online. There may be tutorials on YouTube too. So get the basics of your camera's operation. Now read a bit on photography in general. There is a lot of good stuff out there on what makes a good image.

I am an old-time photographer who remembers when ISO 100 was considered "FAST", so the ability of the new cameras to capture an image in very low light is (to me) amazing.

As I said, BPG is not a very active message board. I suspect that FaceBook, SnapChat etc have all the action. Your best bet here is to read the posts from the past. Note that is you keep scrolling down, there are five "Introduce Yourself" threads; all have interesting stories from other members. Check out the posts and view the posted images. Then try to contact specific members via FlickerMail.

That's my best suggestions.

Looking forward to seeing some of your pictures posted here.

Drew Bedo
38 months ago (permalink)

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gnawledge wurker says:

Hi, Bill Gibson here. I am blind in my right eye from diabetehs type II. Cansdian. Been blind in right eye about 7 months. I am 62 and a photographer since I was 12 years old. I live 100 miles north of Toronto.
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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello Bill! Welcome to BPG on flicker.

Everyone here understands your journey.

Looking forward to seeing your images.

Drew Bedo
37 months ago (permalink)

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marieckejanssen says:

Hello, my name is Mariecke and I'm 40 years old. I have big mouches in my right eye and posterior vitreous detachment in my right eye. My global visual acuity is 40% and my focus 12%. My sight went worse gradually. The mouches I got in December 2007 and the PVD in August 2010. This was after placing and Artisan lens ( -12.5) in my eye. In my right eye I have - 15. Since then my eyes grew worse and now I have glasses again. Next to that I have autism and Tourettes. I live in Rotterdam with my husband, who also likes photography. I like to make photo's of animals, trees, flowers, landscapes and architecture.
35 months ago (permalink)

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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello marieckejanssen

Thank you for sharing.

Welcome to BPG! Hope to see some of your images posted soom.

Drew Bedo
35 months ago (permalink)

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My Photo Journeys says:

Hello everyone. I have been into photography since about or around 2003 give or take a few years. I am blind in my right eye, I see colors but can't make out shapes or anything in the eye, and don't have any depth perception in my left and for some reason still have never adjusted to this. Maybe over time I will. I have severe astigmatism. Also in my world everything is slanted literally. While people see things straight up and down my world is slanted. They probably have a name for it but I don't remember it. I am pretty sure it was all mentioned in the past or it's all related to the astigmatism.
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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hello MPJ and welcome to Blind Photographers Group on Flicker!

Please tell us a bit more: What equipment do you use and what images do you create? We look forwqrd to seeing your work posted here.

Drew Bedo
33 months ago (permalink)

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My Photo Journeys says:

I have two cameras but only use one because the other one is hard for me to use the monitor on it is small it is a Canon Rebel t2i. I always had problems using it, and many photos I produced on it were lucky shots. The one I mainly use is around a year and a half old purchase it is a Nikon D7100. I have only one lens for it and that is the 18-140mm kit lens. I create eclectic photos because I don't just have to deal with a sight issue I also deal with a mobile issue. Hard for me to do hills or uneven ground. Many of my pictures are landscape, street and portrait, and just so you know many except for landscape are lucky shots the Nikon does a wonderful job on auto focus and VR.
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LEXPIX_ is a group administrator LEXPIX_ says:

Hi guys, Lex here. Long time lurker, first time poster.

I was born with albinism and with it comes low vision. Sensitivity to light as well as low visual acuity (Legally blind.) makes photography challenging sometimes but thank goodness for auto focus technology eh?

My first "real" camera was bought with paper route money saved as a teen. It was a Pentax K-1000 SLR with kit lens and camera gadget bag. Ever since then I've always had a camera or two in my life.

I've started sharing my love of photography via my YouTube Photography. Channel.https://www.youtube.com/user/LEXPIX

Lots of great work here and am glad to be a part of the group, officially making my introduction finally.
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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Lex and My Photo: Sorry to come late to the party . . .Holidays and busy etc.

Welcome to BPG on Flicker. Not too much conversation, but plenty of photos. Looking forward to seeing your images.

Lex: That K-100 was a good camera based on the earlier Pentax Spotmatic. IKn the late 1960s, the Spotmatic was one of the first mass-market production 35mm SLRs with an internal spot meter reading in the viewfinder. I couldn't asfford one while in High School (class of '69) or while in college (class of 73). It wasn't till the early 1980s that I could get a camera of any type really. Maried kids and a job working in the middle east. That was a Canon AE-1 (wanted the Canon A-1 but . . .).

The K-1000/Spotmatic was in production from the 1960s through the mid 1990s. First sold by Pentax, then by Sears. The on ly real change in all those years was the switch from the Pentax screw mount to the K-mount bayonet lens mount.
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kristanemerson says:

Hello all.

I am legally blind (just a little sight in one eye due to cataracts, glaucoma, nystagmus, numerous retina detachments and bleeds and many surgeries)

I am from Australia and use photography to see the details I would otherwise miss and to share with others.

Looking forward to enjoying the work of and company of other blind photographers in the group.

For more info about how and why I enjoy photography please check out the link. www.blindasabackpack.com/2017/09/02/blind-photography-giv...

Best regards,
Kristan
22 months ago (permalink)

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mmagphotography says:

Hello

My name is Gareth Chamberlain; I am a photography student at the University of Gloucester. I am currently working on my Final major project and my subject is about visual impairments. I have been trying to simulate the various conditions for certain Visual impairments, although I have had some success so far, I would really benefit from some advice. This is a link to my test shots www.mmagphotography.com


For my next step in the project I want to get in touch with people who are living with a visual impairment with the hope of undertaking a few interviews and perhaps a short photo documentary story on their lives and how they cope with their condition.
If you are interested you can email me directly at mmagphotography@gmail.com or call me on 07718488070. Alternatively you can contact my tutor/course leader on gwebb@glos.ac.uk
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Drew Bedo is a group moderator Drew Bedo says:

Hi Gareth and welcome.

This forum is not very active as a community interacting through messages on this board. Yet there is a plethora of information contained in ther "Introduce Yourself" threads. There are five of these threads so dig deep.

You might also try to contact specific group contributors through Flicker.

For some information on my photography and me as a visually impaired artist, please go to www.artsyhome.com and do a search using my name, "Drew Bedo". If you have any specific questions, you may contact me at : Drew_Bedo@yahoo.com

Regards,

Drew Bedo
19 months ago (permalink)

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