One of my friends wants to give her son a project and thought a photography one would be fun! I love this idea and wanted to give you some ideas to do photography for kids.
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You can purchase a child proof durable camera or if your children are older and a little more responsible you can purchase an inexpensive point and shoot.
Photography for Kids: Ages 5-10
You may not be able to teach them as many skills at this age but you can familiarize them with a camera and give them different activities they can do.
– Learn their colors – Have the child walk around the house or outside and look for things of a certain color and photograph them.
– Starts with… – Ask them to find objects that start with a certain letter and photograph them.
– Their name – They could either find objects that start with the letters in their name or they could look for things that look like letters to make their name.
Photography for Kids: Ages 10+
You can teach this age range even more about photography. Start with some basics in composition. Teaching your child how to add variety to their photo with composition will help them tell a better story with their photos.
– Rule of thirds
Basic compositional guide that has been used by artist and photographers alike for many years. Simply have them view their scene as if a tic-tac-toe board was over it. Place the subject on one of the intersecting lines.
– Limb chops
This is an important skill to know when photographing people or animals. In short, don’t crop your subject if the joint bends.
– Leading lines
This is one of my favorites and a more advanced technique. Look for lines that will guide the viewers eye through the frame and lead them to the subject.
– Fill the frame
If you have an interesting subject, don’t be afraid to fill the entire frame with it.
– Negative Space
Another powerful composition technique, this can create a dramatic look and really make the subject pop.
You can tackle lighting as well.
This is extremely important to understand when it comes to lighting as adding catchlights can give your subject such a sparkle to their eye.
Best achieved during golden hour, learning to use backlighting can add a nice glow and warmth to your kid’s photos.
– Low light
Learning to see low light and understanding how to use it in your photos allows your child to play with all different types of light.
– Window light
The most popular type of natural light, knowing how to position your subject using window light can help create depth and dimensions with shadows.
Activity ideas for kids photography:
Before you give them an activity you can have them practice the skills you want them to learn. If you want to focus on composition, have them read the above posts. They can choose one skill a day. Ask them to create 3-5 images displaying that composition guide.
Have them take a photograph of anything and write a story about it. It could be of children at the park. Name the children and create a story behind them. This will help their language arts skills as well as their creativity
Create a list of 20 items they need to find in the house or in the yard. Hand over the camera and have them photograph the options as they find them. Be sure to throw in something of a challenge.
Have them photograph something that starts with each letter of the alphabet
You could give them their own corner of the internet. Feel free to keep their blog private for only family to view if you choose. They can post their images, add captions, and record what they are learning.
Feel free to take their photos and stories and compile them in a digital photo album for them. How excited would they be to have their own book of their own images!
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What are some activities you have done with your children?