With digital photography, more and more children are becoming interested in photography. These advancements have even allowed toddlers to enjoy exploring photography. Let’s look at how you can help your children explore photography with just a few things at their disposal and some free time in their afternoons to expand their interest into potential skills.
Photography has always been a hobby of mine, and when digital photography came along, I was so thrilled to offer this as a free afternoon activity to my oldest first. Of course, she was just in love with photography as I was and it didn't take long for the rest of our children to follow along with this love of capturing things that caught our eyes… or our hearts.
With a few tools and lots of time, children can explore photography and quickly develop skills to taking amazing photos, time and time again.
Depending on the age of your children, you will want to get them a camera that fits their needs and their skills:
- Toddlers through early elementary – Kid proof digital camera
- Mid-elementary through middle school – a point and shoot camera
- High school – a DSLR camera, with at least two lens: a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm
Sharing a few photography tips for any beginning photographer will help them to take some good photos from the start.
Here are a few tips to get them started:
- Get Close – Getting close, real close to the subject can really make a great photo. The nicer the camera, the potential of having a nice zoom option.
- Rule of Three – If you cut your photo into thirds, you will want to either have the subject fill one third or two thirds of the photo, for a good effect.
- Lighting Is Important – Direct sunlight or too dark will give you poor results. Experiencing in different lights will help you learn how to take better photos.
Ideas to get your child exploring photography:
- Ask them to take photos on trips
- Go to local nature areas
- Take photos of flowers, trees and landscapes
- Take photos of people and pets
Want some resources to explore photography more?
- Tony Northup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography (12 Hours of Videos)
- BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
- Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Don't forget to enjoy the other free afternoon activities ideas in this 31 day series…