News and blog page of Dave Brogan Photography

07th September 2017
The Nystagmus Focus article dated 10th April was something I can relate too.
Tiredness and fatigue due to having Nystagmus affects me most days.
In the past when working in an office, most of my day was spent working on a computer. I was ok in the mornings but by the afternoon I could feel my eyes getting worse. Some days it became difficult to focus on anything and most days ended up with a bad headache.
My doctor referred me to the Eye Hospital and after trying a few different things they decided to operate. The operation was to reduce my eye wobble, hoping this would improve things.

It didn’t but it was worth a try. I am still under the hospital, not sure if they will ever be able to improve things.
As a photographer I need to use my computer to edit my images. I have found the best way is to work for 30 minutes then rest my eyes & find other things to do. I doubt very much that an employer would ever put up with this in an office.
Resting your eyes does not totally stop the tiredness and fatigue but it helps a lot. I guess my advise would be - Find out the amount of time you can spend concentrating on focusing on the computer. Then try to stick to it, remember the more tired you are the less time you will be able to concentrate.
As soon as your eyes feel tired, stop. Don’t push your eyes, you wont get new ones.
The bigger the display screen the better, I find the IMac very good.
Its worth remembering not to get annoyed with people that don’t understand your issues, it must be difficult for a fully sighted person to understand about the extra effort someone with Nystagmus has to put in just to see badly. That includes some doctors.
For my editing I use Lightroom and Photoshop, I prefer Lightroom and I would say over 90% of my pictures have been edited in Lightroom only.

This images was edited using just Lightroom.
​I can not edit an image in one session , it can take a few. I have got to keep resting my eyes. But if I get the results I want, its worth it.
Moving On from March 2017
05th September 2017
A big thank you too those that read my last blog. I have been asked some questions about the blog, this is really good, I love being asked about my condition and my photography.
I have been asked that why was it , when I was finding it difficult due to my eyes being tired whilst applying for a job on line. I tried to look at the screen at different angles by tilting my head.
This is all to do with the null point. In medical terms – null point, which represents the direction of gaze at which the nystagmus has the smallest amplitude. This means that sometime have to move/tilt my head so I can focus on something. If I am trying to read something on a monitor and I can not focus I will make the text larger and I find that I am tilting my head at different angles to try and help.
I have also been asked 2 questions about my photography and how I work, one of which relates to not always being able to see through the viewfinder on a camera.
This is one of the issues I have, especially when taking photographs at night.
I find that if I can not see through the viewfinder I switch to live view mode ( most cameras have live view – it allows you to view the scene in real time on the cameras LCD screen).
However I can not see what the camera setting are when I am in live mode, they are displayed on the screen but more often than not I can not see them.
I get around this by taking the photo, review the picture, zoom in making sure I look at all parts of it. Then I can decide what I want to change. I then turn off live view mode and review the camera settings on the LCD screen, the information is now on a black background so can focus on it without any distraction.
I then amend the settings, back to live view and retake the picture. It does take longer but you get it in the end.

Working as a photographer.

I have now started selling my photographic prints on markets. I have chosen to have stalls on The Makers Markets in Manchester's Northern Quarter and Spinningfields area. There are markets nearer to home but I like the ethos of The Makers Market, the traders sell goods that they have made/produced themselves. It’s all very good quality and every time I have been the whole market has a good vibe.
I have also started at my local Middleton Craft and Food market once a month.

Working Hard

As I can not see well enough to drive, I have to use public transport. I get a bus into Manchester, then walk across the city center with my stock and display fittings
My Nystagmus and Photography
31st July 2017
My Nystagmus and Photography – Going back to last November my wife Julie came home with some leaflets from a charity called Action for the blind. Julie had told them that I have Nystagmus and that I had been made redundant. Nystagmus is one of the eye conditions that Action for the blind advise/help with or at least do their best. Consultants and Doctor don’t fully understand the condition but a lot of research is being done. The charity contacted me and arranged for a meeting at their Eccles office.
Got to say when I went for the meeting I found them to be very nice and helpful. It was obvious that I wasn’t the first person with Nystagmus that they had seen.
Action for the blind work with RNIB, they advise and help people with visual problem find work and advise on what help you should be getting. I am sure they do more but these were the main things we discussed.
They told me `I should be getting PIP (the old DLA) and should have done for years, I knew this but always provided for myself – they were not impressed with that.
They suggested I use a symbol cane when my eyes get tired; this would help others be more understanding if I bump into them. The visual aids man at the Eye Hospital suggested this about 3 years ago; it was a no then and now.
Moving on – I went on a day out to Blackpool with a group of photographers. The week leading up to the day out I changed my mind decided to get the symbol cane just in case. After all it folds up and will fit in your pocket, so I had a white stick when I went to get a stick of rock.

Got a couple of good shots in Blackpool and had a great day out with some great people.
Some old blogs
14th June 2017
​Should Photography and Nystagmus mix?
Having Nystagmus makes every day life a little demanding, the fact that I cannot always focus on things, I have really bad facial recognition also I can not judge distance or depth. These things do not help at all. If my eyes are tired or strained I can end up with a migraine and even dizziness.
My poor sight mean I cannot drive (I can’t see a car number plate at 25 yards, never mind read it). So using public transport and lifts from family and friends is my only way of getting out and about with my camera.

Consultants and Doctors try to help but Nystagmus cannot be cured, glasses cannot fix my vision, they only magnify things a little. Like many others with a disability, from an early age I hid just how difficult things were. Schooling and socializing were hard, as I couldn’t explain what I have. I have since found out that Nystagmus can affect different people in different ways but they do share a lot of common elements. My working life was the same, no point in explaining things, as it’s embarrassing. That’s what I used to think anyway.
But enough of the doom and gloom, this blog is about my photography. Being a photographer was on the list of jobs that I would never be able to do, along with airline pilot, bus driver and astronaut but to name a few.