Photography for the Visually Impaired: Creative Techniques

Can visually impaired photograph? Absolutely. The visually impaired and visually impaired can take as good pictures as others with healthy eyesight. Photo is not about focus, sharp images and technical perfectionism. Luckily. Photo is so much more. Emotions, moods, expressions, movement, creative compositions and free imagination. There are no boundaries, only endless possibilities. This day, I got an exciting challenge by mail: “Hi! I am a girl who finds it very exciting to photograph. I am visually impaired. I have been doing photography for many years, but I never get very good because of the sight. So I wondered if you could write a little about the exciting way to photograph in which sharpness is not necessarily what makes the image effective (if it exists at all)? ”

Hopefully, this article can be of help and inspiration – not just for the visually impaired and visually impaired, but for anyone who wants to experiment with various creative photography techniques and abstract expressions.

Static motifs

If you are shooting static subjects, it is easier to capture the subject and focus than if you are dealing with dynamic subjects. Most cameras have the ability to give an audible signal when the camera’s autofocus has your subject in focus. It may be helpful if you find it difficult to see if the image is completely sharp. With stagnant designs, you have plenty of time to create exciting compositions and practice different techniques. Examples of static motifs may be so-called still life, flowers, architecture, cityscapes or classic landscape images. If you are looking for as sharp images as possible, you can use a tripod and a small aperture. It will give you a great depth of field.

Lines inside the image can help create some life in a static image.

A static motif that immediately becomes more exciting with movement in the smoke and light in the evening.

With a great depth of field, the image will be sharp in both foreground and background.

Long shutter speed (and movement)

With some basic techniques at the bottom you can start experimenting a bit more. By using a long shutter speed, you can highlight motion in the image. For example, you can use it in the following ways:

Capture still subjects and move the camera while shooting.

Shoot moving subjects and keep the camera still.

Track the subject’s movement with the camera while shooting at a slow shutter speed.

If you select “Shutter Priority” (symbolized by TV / S or Shutter), you only need to adjust the shutter speed, while the camera automatically adjusts the aperture. If you do not have much experience with manual settings, “shutter priority” is a good start. A shutter speed of around 1/30 second is a good starting point, so you can decide for yourself whether you want a longer or faster shutter speed. One of the benefits of movement and long shutter speeds is that you can to a greater extent create abstract images where sharpness is not the most important thing, but rather to create a mood or creative expression.

With long shutter speeds, you can create interesting effects.

Turning on the camera while shooting with a long shutter speed gives you such an effect. You can also try zooming instead of moving the camera.

With a long shutter speed, you can enhance the feeling of speed.

Play with the camera technique to create picturesque expressions.

Focus – and out of focus

To work more with the abstract expressions, put the camera in manual focus and look for exciting colors, shapes and shapes. Few compact cameras have the option of focusing manually. But that doesn’t stop you. What you can do is, for example, hold out one hand, focus on it, lock focus (hold down the shutter button halfway), and take pictures after removing your hand. Then the images you take will be out of focus, so you just have to figure out what distance you should have to the subject to get the desired effect. The best effect you get anyway is by using a SLR camera and a large aperture. Taking pictures out of focus can of course also be combined with the use of long shutter speeds for more movement and dynamics of the image. If you want to take this with blurry pictures one step further you should check outLensBaby for SLR cameras. The downside with LensBaby, and one of the biggest advantages, is that none of the pictures you take becomes razor-sharp. LensBaby is therefore great for playing with fun effects and provides many creative opportunities. You get a LensBaby for approx. 1500 and up and is thus a relatively reasonable investment.

A portrait need not be sharp and in focus. The image above was shot using LensBaby on a Canon camera.

Out-of-focus tulips photographed from below with some movement create a soft and slightly dreamy effect.

Play with light out of focus can create nice effects. In the professional language, this is called “bokeh”, a Japanese word meaning blurry.

Select a theme

If you want to challenge yourself, you can choose a theme and decide to create a series of 10 pictures where everyone has some red thread. 3 of these may end up framed in your living room. If you need a bigger challenge, you can let someone else choose a theme for you and give you a “deadline” for when the photos will be finished. This is great training for creativity and you can use some of the techniques above or use some of the pictures here as inspiration.