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Our Favourite Ways of Helping your Children with Photography

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!

 

Photography can go beyond unleashing your child's innovation though. It's a valuable skill that can help improve planning and presentation, become a relaxing extra-curricular activity and a means of boosting self-esteem. As Diana Nazareth - a Toronto based photography educator - puts it: "Photography can help develop a child's voice, vision and identity as it pertains to their family, friends and community".

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!
As such, we've created our favourite ways of encouraging your child to get snapping.

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.

Useful Activities to Begin with:

  • Come up with a list of things to get a snapshot of (pet, tree, plant etc.); you can even turn this into a scavenger hunt!
  • Provide an adjective and ask for a picture e.g. ask for a picture of something soft
  • Ask for pictures of certain colours
  • Ask for a story to be told through pictures.

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