By Jackie Augustine
I just read this great article by Time Barribeau of Popular Photography and was immediately interested. My Mom had a stroke earlier this year and lost the use of her right hand. What amazed me was her determination to use her left hand to propel her wheelchair, dress herself, brush her hair and teeth and ultimately learn to write. The One Hand Snap described in this article could be another tool for her to return to her love of photography and bird watching. It also got me thinking about some of our programs at JHP, many of our Veterans have physical disabilities and this could be an amazing solution to help them document their lives and allow them to express themselves. Kudos to designed Xing Dawei (Dave Xing) for his creativity and sensitivity to the needs of people who love photography but can’t handle a DSLR due to physical imitations. A new world is now open to them! Here’s the article:
How do you handle a DSLR if you only have one arm?
- By Tim Barribeau on December 11, 2013 – Pop Photo.com
Shooting a DSLR one-handed is a tricky prospect. If, for whatever reason, you only have the use of one of your limbs, you’re severely limited in how and when you can shoot a large camera. Small, light DSLRs can be used right-handed, but anything larger (or if you only have use of a left hand) is out. You could use a tripod and artfully compose each scene, but that cuts out many of the more dynamic photography options. But a new concept called One Hand Snap could change that — and for once it’s a camera concept that’s pretty feasible.
The core idea behind the One Hand Snap is to take advantage of the shutter release port. The design would put a silicone ring around your lens, with a large button on it, which would be connected to the port, letting you handle the camera with just one hand. The same hand would support the camera via the lens, and be able to fire the shutter.
Where the design pushes a bit outside of current technology is that it throws in the idea of adding a directional pad to the button, which could be used to change the camera’s settings. To the best of my knowledge, shutter release ports don’t allow for camera settings to be changed, just for taking the photo.