I can “photo read”, but until now I didn’t know it had a name. I thought it was just something everyone who read well did!
I started by reading a letter at a glance, as a child, then a word at a glance, as I grew, then a sentence at a glance. I guess it just seemed natural to me to begin reading a paragraph at a glance, then a page at a glance. You lose fine detail, but you can get the bulk of the page very quickly. It saved me at the university. I was able to wade through long, dull papers in a very few minutes time, with greater than 80% accuracy. When I read for pleasure, I do slow down to savor the language the writer uses. I don’t forget what I read (nearly 100% over multiple decades time), so maybe I am wired a little different. I don’t really know. All that being said, I don’t go into some alternate mental state. I think that claim is without foundation and makes it easier a program to sell to the suckers.