Aug 16 2006

Introduce a Child to Photography

Published by at 10:33 pm under General

Give a child a camera and you have given them a time machine which will create wonders, which may, at some time in the future, be considered family treasures. Expect that, at first, children will create photos quickly in order to see the pictures, but be patient, this will soon be over and selectivity will begin to be shown.

You will undoubtedly be treated to some early shots of grandma as a headless wonder, but these will also be accompanied by some unexpected jewels. As the young photographer learns more about his or her new hobby and why grandma’s head was not in the picture, skills will begin to develop and you will start to see a legend of the world through the eyes of a six year old, or whatever age your young photographer is, begin to emerge.

Expect to see more pictures of the family pet than you will see of any other member of the family. Hey, don’t let it get to you! The kid really doesn’t love the family dog more than he or she loves you, I’m sure of it.

Buy the young photographer an album and fill it with these pictures. With the growth of the 1 hour digital photo labs, photo prices have dropped dramatically. Don’t forget to put the date and some details on the back of the photo. You might also want to keep a written journal of your own to include with these picture when special occasions are observed and are photographically recorded for all posterity.

Another option for showing the photos is to register a web site for your budding photographer. There are many free ones available like Photomax. Then your child can create their own online albums and email aunts and uncles and cousins, etc, about it.

You may want to consider buying or borrowing from the library a book or books on photography for children and share it or them with the young photographer. If the book or books is/are written for someone older, you can simplify it. (don’t forget to read all the articles here at PhotosByRichard!!!)

Helping your child to set up a scene with toys can make for good shots also. Let him or her see how toy trucks and cars can be set up and photographed in such a way that they look like their full sized counterparts.

Is there a younger sibling in the family? Read up on taking pictures of babies and small children, then share the tips that you have learned with your young photographer. Such things as putting a piece of scotch tape on a little one’s finger for example can lead to some fantastic facial expressions, as he or she tries to figure out what has happened and how to get rid of that thing. Armed with a camera, encouragement and a little bit of knowledge, your young photographer may be the one to get THAT picture, making it doubly a family treasure.

Getting a child interested in photography, is giving them a gift that will last them a lifetime.

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