[nfb-talk] Any advice on taking pictures when totally blind?

Michael Bullis bullis.michael at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 18:15:23 UTC 2018

Hi Jim:
When I've successfully done it I had my daughter stand behind me to tell me
where my focus was.  After a while I got comfortable with where the camera
had to be pointed.  At first I tended to point the camera down too much so
it was a matter of adjusting to exact vertical.
When you're taking pictures of humans the camera app will tell you when
there are faces visible so that helps.
If you're not sure, take several pictures and sort them out later.  Like I
said, at first I was simply pointing the camera too low.
Perhaps having a few beers will help you relax.

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Subject: [nfb-talk] Any advice on taking pictures when totally blind?

Good morning everyone,

This seems to be a great resource with several folks who can advise me well.
I'm going to be taking a vacation that I've been planning for a while.
As with all vacations, people enjoy taking and looking at pictures to share
with others.  I've got an iPhone 7 with the latest IOS, and I'm totally
Are there good ways or methods for taking decent pictures or selfies without
always having to ask a sighted person to do it for you?
Much of the time, I'll be with other blind people as well.
Any good tips or resources for taking pictures would be much appreciated.
Can one just use the general camera app or is there a better app for that?

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