blind people and the IOS camera

iOS and iPadOS

Hello, I am wondering if there are any guides or tutorials to help with blind people using the camera. I got the talking goggles app and also have vizwhiz and digiteyes and I find the problem is how do I know where to point the camera or how to position it or whether the lighting is any good. I listened to the podcast for talking goggles for example and it worked very well for the presenter but try it myself, not much luck. It is the same thing with AnonyMouse and digiteyes. I am not sure if there are any tips and tricks. I appreciate any help. Sorry it is so long winded. Thanks very much, Jesse



Submitted by Siobhan on Monday, May 19, 2014

Hi Jessie. first, look at a book called get the picture, viewing the world with the iPhone camera, by Judy Dixon. It's available from for I think 20 bucks. Second, look into getting a standscan. It's pieces of cardboard with magnets, you assemble them into a box, with no front, and put your phone on top of it. The pro model has little lights glued inside and pluged in or using a battery, it willhelp you scan much better. also read the folowup to the book, the author keeps reviewing things. Hope i helped.

Submitted by allseed on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In reply to by Peter Meijer

Hi Jesse, :-) Before plunking down your hard earned dollars on things check out something free that will help you aim the camera

There are quite a few free apps out there that could help find money identifiers and other sources of typical everyday use Camera function apps CamFind is a good one

Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hi Allseed. While it's certainly true no one has to put money down on something, i suggested this book because it's a complete guide to exactly what each mode of the camera is, what it does, as well as explains essentially why a blind person would want to take a photograph. Along with that,t here's apps, some free some paid, suggestions for the stand scan, why you should use it, how it will help deposit checks, find barcodes, etc. i also sent people to her blog, so as to get an idea of what it's about before you put the hard earned money down. Check it out, in case it's actually valuable to you. :) hope you understand a bit better why I suggested it.

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The website that is linked to here for that book is unavailable, but this book nevertheless sounds like a good one to get. I have been playing around with both the Camera and Photos apps on my iPhone 7. They seem to work great with VoiceOver, and I managed to snap some photos. I even got VoiceOver to describe a selfie which I took, or at least I'm pretty sure that's what was being described. But I too, am rather confused. I know my brother uses these 2 apps all the time on his iPhone, and he's also a VoiceOver user. Looks pretty intriguing though, pun literally intended.