Our lives are so busy; we hardly get to spend time with our children. Bonding over teaching your kids, a new activity or skill, is a great way to ensure a boost in their confidence and improvement in their personality.
Photography is a great skill your kids can learn. You have an opportunity to not only spend fun time together, but also ensure they learn a creative activity that they will grow to enjoy. Your child can benefit in many ways. It will help boost their confidence and bring them closer to nature. It will also help them with making friends with a creative bend of mind. Photography is a skill that can transform from a mere hobby to an enriching passion. A skill learned at a young age can even become a profession should your child choose to pursue it further.
You may have many questions on your mind when you when you introduce your child to the art of photography. Where do you begin? How do you begin? What important things you’ll need to bear in mind as you begin to introduce your kids to photography.
Before you begin, it is important to ensure that this activity must not only involve learning but also be an equally enjoyable experience. Teaching your kids something new is an excellent way to spend time together and bond with them. You mustn’t miss these opportunities.
Step One: Selecting the Camera & the Camera Case
Irrespective of the drop in camera prices over the years, you must ensure that you purchase a camera that is most relevant for your kids. You can choose to buy anything between toy cameras, Polaroid cameras or Digital cameras.
However, it is imperative that the camera you purchase must be a new one. Do not give your camera to your kids. When you purchase a brand new camera for your kids, this gesture allows them a feeling of ownership and responsibility. They wouldn’t feel the same when using your camera. You must also take into account that kids can be clumsy and drop things. Therefore it would be wise to invest in a durable camera case that your kids can use to avoid accidental camera mishaps.
Step Two: Using the Camera
This is when your kids are introduced to the camera. It is imperative that you teach your child the correct technique to hold the camera so that the camera doesn’t fall. Balancing it properly to avoid dropping it. Exact placing of the finger to get a good click. You must also teach your child the importance of using the camera strap. You can choose to demonstrate it yourself or you can put the strap around their neck or wrist. If the camera you’ve purchased has a lens cover, you must teach your kids how it is used. The lens cover must be removed before they shoot. It must be put back on after they have completed the photography session.
In case you’ve purchased a Polaroid camera (which I recommend you buy for kids), you must explain this to your kids to not touch the photo surface until it is processed completely. The upside of purchasing a Polaroid camera is that kids get a hard copy of the photograph immediately, thereby increasing their fascination with photography.
Step Three: Study the Camera
Teach kids about the anatomy of a camera. Begin with the parts they are most likely to use. Simplify the purpose and function of every part. Begin with power switch since it is easiest. Then you can proceed to the release button for the shutter, the lens, viewfinder, main body etc. Lastly, you can help them with flash, zoom control, the concept of the mode dial and various control buttons specific to the camera.
Step Four: Steady the Camera
In the beginning, when your kids start clicking pictures, the first few may come out blurred as kids might have shaky hands. Kids in general, have a brief
Teaching your kids to have a balanced and steady grasp on the camera is crucial. They can be taught to hold the lens with one hand and the main body of the camera with the other hand, so they can get a good grip. Teach them to maintain a suitable and comfortable body posture that allows them to get more steady clicks. In the beginning, they can be trained to get into a steady posture by resting one or both elbows on flat surfaces such as a window sill or a table. In case your kids find the camera too heavy or it takes longer for them to focus, you may want to consider purchasing a tripod.
Step Five: Focus on a Single Subject
As mentioned earlier, kids have a brief attention span; they are likely to get distracted easily with many objects in their surroundings. In the beginning, they may want to cram many objects in the frame. Teach them to first choose a subject. Focus the frame on that subject. After which they must consider the light and shooting angle. This will help them click photographs free of various distractions and appreciate the subject.
Teaching your kids a skill as creative as photography can be an enriching and interesting experience for you and for your kids. It helps you bond with them as you spend quality time together. It creates room for healthy interactions. Their curiosity is heightened when they see the world from behind the lens and they gain a new perspective. They also learn to appreciate nature.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my post on introduction to photography for kids.