Whether you have low vision or a hand tremor, there are all kinds of tools that you can use to make photography more accessible.
What kinds of photography tools are there?
Switch Accessible Cameras
Options include Vtech Kidizoom Camera and the adapted digital camera by BJ Live. You can just plug in the switch and start taking pictures by pressing the switch button with any access point (head, hand, foot, etc.) This option is great for people who cannot manipulate a traditional camera. (DIY Option: adapt a remote shutter release to work with a switch)
A Gimbal stabilizer is a tool that uses motors and intelligent sensors to support and stabilize a camera. This tool can help a person with a tremor stabilize the camera to take smooth photos and video footage.
Other stabilizing devices include video / camera shoulder stabilizers, which keep your DSLR or camcorder fixed on your shoulder.
Mounting a camera to the photographer’s wheelchair or desk space may be helpful. There are many options for mounting including gooseneck mounts, clamps, tripods, gorillapods, and others. The Manfrotto Magic Arm kit acts as an extra arm and is ideal for mounting a camera at the angle you need it.
iPhone and Android
You can use voice control to take photos from your mobile devices. Ask “Siri” or “Ok Google” to take a photo.
Other things to consider when looking for a camera and set up that is right for you:
- weight of the camera
- where the controls are and if you can reach them
- how hard you need to press the controls
- cameras that have shake reduction
- size of the screen