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Our Favourite Ways of Helping your Children join in with Nature Photography Day

Photography can be hugely beneficial in many ways for your children. From promoting creativity to helping communicate their ideas and feelings. It is also a highly rewarding hobby for your child to begin and it all requires is a simple camera and patience! This year June 15 is designated by the North America Nature Photography Association (NANPA) "to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images are used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide." To help celebrate this day, we put together our favourite ways of helping your children join in.

 

Aside from the development photography can offer your child, there is an inherent value to photography itself. Pictures immortalise moments and memories for an individual. To add to this, the art of photography has proven to be a stress relieving process that can truly become a lifelong passion!
Getting started is the tricky part, but there are some simple steps to follow that can help.

The Camera

The simpler the better. The camera needs to be easy to operate whilst being comfortably held. The good news is that these types of cameras tend to be extremely durable and can cope with any clumsiness from your children. A child's first camera doesn't need all the bells and whistles- this comes later when they buy their own lenses.

Teaching Photography:

Simplicity

Rather than immediately diving into difficult concepts and scenes to snap, start as simply as possible. By beginning with the most basic concepts, any frustration can be avoided. This includes working on how to hold the camera, positioning their subject in the centre of the picture and checking backgrounds for clutter.

Remove Distractions

Photography requires patience and tranquillity. Try to ensure that your child can focus on whatever they want to take pictures of. If they have siblings try making this something that just the two of you do together and set aside time so you can relax and enjoy.

Practice

Too much theory can be exhausting. The best way to get to grips with, and enjoy any hobby, is to get stuck in! Practicing and having fun are the foundations of a long interest in photography.

Encouragement

Enjoyment is the key. Plenty of encouragement and support can go a long way to persevering during difficult moments and finding success. Don't put too much pressure on getting the perfect shot- remember their idea of perfect may not be yours.

After this, taking some shots of nature should be well within reach- here are our favourite ways of getting involved:


•    Find your local source of wildlife; be it the local park or even your own garden, find the creatures and plants closest to you and begin snapping there.
•    A feeder in your garden can speed this process up a lot. By attracting birds and squirrels to your backdoor, there'll be plenty of opportunity for pictures.
•    Scavenger hunt- give your child a list of plants and wildlife to photograph and accompany them on their trail. Alternatively, you could also ask for a list of colours to take pictures of outdoors.
•    If the outdoors nearby is limited you could always take your child to a zoo; the enclosures and order can be the perfect environment to practice in.

We'd love to see some of the shots your children come up with! Feel free to share them with us on Facebook!



 

 
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