My name is Alistair Ford and I have been taking photographs since 1998 but In 2006 I was diagnosed with Cone Dystrophy which is a genetic eye disorder that affects the cones in the back of both eyes causing my eyes to be extremely sensitive to light and loss of central vision. There are a lot of things I have had to give up doing because of my sight loss such as driving, going into buildings with bright lights and even going out on my own. But one thing I still enjoy doing is my photography.
Although I had to sell my Digital SLR camera gear because I couldn’t see through the viewfinder anymore, I have found new ways to take photographs and videos and edit them using smartphones and tablets instead of cameras and computers. My current favourite is to use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android Smartphone which has a huge 5.7 inch 1080p screen that makes a great viewfinder. The Note 3 has a 13 megapixel camera with an f2.2 aperture lens and I am really pleased with the image quality i get from it. It's also good that the Note 3 has long battery life and a removable battery so you can swap it for a spare if you need to whilst out taking photos. And it has a Micro SD card slot for extra storage space.
I have recently set up a website and Facebook page where I share my photos from our favourite Greek island of Zakynthos called Zakynthos Island Images. Me and my wife have just visited thiswonderful Ionian island for the 6th time. The island has a lot to offer the photographer with beautiful landscapes, a spectacular coastline and many beaches and mountain villages. I have taken thousands of photographs all over the island but this most recent trip was the first time I have used only a smartphone as my camera which worked really well capturing photos, panoramas and videos. After a day out taking photos I connect to the hotels WIFI and everything I shot during the day starts automatically backing up the Google Photos for safe storage. My favourite app for editing has to be Snapseed 2 in which one of the main filters I like to use is the HDR Scape to make my photos stand out from all the other travel photos you see online.
I am looking forward to taking more travel photos and sharing them online for the world to see.
© Alistair Ford 2017