Photography for kids

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Frederick, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. Frederick

    Frederick Guest

    The idea came up because I have two children. A 3 year old daughter,
    and a 2 year old son. Both of them love to try taking a picture with
    my camera. At first it was very cute that my children were interested
    at a young as (after all I was too.) Since I had started taking
    pictures with my Pentax K1000 when I was 5 years old, I didn't think
    anything of letting my kids try.

    The photos turned out so good that I decided to let them do more. Can
    anyone give me some ideas as to what to do with the kids and how to
    come up with some creative projects to do with a camera? Also since I
    own a photography company I was thinking of setting up a program for
    the kids in my area. I wanted to teach them all how to have fun with
    photography. Any tips?
    Frederick, Jul 18, 2003
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  2. Frederick

    Jan Philips Guest

    Digital! At first my daughter (now 6) was using a Polaroid.
    Expensive! Then she started using my wife's digital, and it doesn't
    cost much and she can take all of the pictures she wants. She's taken
    literally dozens of her dolls, her feet, the TV, furniture, the floor,
    etc. I've kept almost all of them. It is very interesting to see
    things from a kid's perspective.
    Jan Philips, Jul 18, 2003
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  3. When I take out my 3 1/2 yr old grandson I always have my camera and tripod
    with me. He now helps with taking the shots. For example he will sit on my
    lap and look at the LCD. I will ask him to look around and tell me what he
    wants in the picture. I will then help him to rotate the camera so that the
    object he chose is actually on the monitor. I then ask him if that is what
    he wants. He has also seen me using the zoom switch so tends to play with
    these as well. He has learned that the shutter button needs to be pushed
    once softly and then again all the way down. He then requests to see the
    photo immediately and no matter how good or bad the shot comes out he is
    satisfied because he took it! When we get back to my place he helps me to
    download the photos, print, cut and place them into his album.

    Kids have to go at their own pace, they may miss a couple of steps here and
    there but the end result is that if they are happy with what they have done
    they will more than likely want to do it again in the future. Sometimes they
    have a lot to teach us about what is important and what is not. As someone
    else said children have their own perspective. Another good thing about
    using the camera with my grandson is that we are usually at sitting or
    ground level which brings a different perspective on any shot. Just my 2
    Catherine Gardner, Jul 22, 2003
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