When photography drives you, sharing your love of photography with your child is very easy. Chances are great that your kids will inherit the same passion from you. This can turn into an amazing family oriented activity, hobby or even career.
Sharing Your Love of Photography with Your Child
Whether your kiddos are always in front of your camera lens or they’re the ones who insist you to hand over your camera to them, the truth is that they want to share their love for photography with you. Nevertheless, photography and children can make a perfect blend. What an amazing gift you can give by sharing your love of photography with the little ones in your life.
Though photography fascinates children, they possess the spark to learn a lot about taking the most appealing photos from the best angles. Children’s perceptions and thoughts are so innocent and different than us adults. As parents, you can be the best photography teacher for them. And here’s a plus: you don’t have to spend a single penny on unwanted photos (in case your child’s very first photos are blurry and out of angle) because these can be easily erased from your camera, thanks to the presence of digital cameras.
Here are some practical tips to awaken the inner photographer in your child.
Start Off With a Mobile Device
Since the objective is to get your child used to taking photos, giving them an old smart phone (which is not used by anyone else in your family and it doesn’t have a cellular service) makes sense. That’s because, in this step, your child should only learn how to position the subject in the frame and press the button to take the photo. Sharing your love of photography will come in bits and pieces and you’ll know what your child is ready for.
Get Them a Camera
Perhaps, your child will use the smart phone camera just for a few days. And then, they’ll insist you to buy them a “real” camera! To make them feel grown up, a good option is to buy them a camera having some basic features. Here’s why having a separate camera for your child’s photography needs is a must-have:
- It provides them an opportunity to handle their camera with care.
- It helps them decide when to purchase a portable camera battery charger and how to keep it in a safe place.
- It gives them freedom to take their camera anywhere while ensuring that they’re responsible for their own camera.
Teach Them the Basics of Using a Camera
Eventually, you’ll be providing practical guidance to this unbridled enthusiasm while helping your child learn how to incorporate the basics into their passion for photography. In short, it’s time to teach them how to use the basic features of their camera.
Some photography basics you can teach your child include how to hold their camera straight, how to find a focal point, how to shoot from various perspectives, how to experiment with numerous exposure modes, how to select the best background for a photo, how to tackle lighting, and how to use the negative space in getting that perfect click.
Introduce Them to a Few Post-Processing Tricks
Once your child has gathered a collection of photos, the next step is to teach them how to transfer their photos to the computer.
Though you might be using an advanced photo editing app for your own photos, this, of course, isn’t designed for children. However, there’re some basic photo editing applications that even your child can use. Some examples include Google Photos and PicMonkey. Once your child gets hold of these applications, show them how to crop their photos; and how to change exposure and colours.
Let Them Explore Their Interests
It’s easier to let your child pour creativity into their photography if they’re able to discover what entices them the most. For instance, if your child is fond of animals, visit the zoo frequently so that they can take photos of exotic animals. If they like to capture beautiful sceneries, then take them to the sea-side and teach them how to capture the sunset.
Provide Constructive Criticism
Capturing photos all on their own is a big milestone achieved by children. That’s why your child would love to show off their photography skills to you. Of course, you should praise them. But what if praising their photos makes them complacent?
Besides giving them compliments, your child always needs a bit of constructive feedback to improve their photography skills. Therefore, review their photos and correct them whenever it’s required. However, you also need to be sure that you aren’t getting overly critical.
The Bottom Line
Unlike adults, children see the beauty of the world in an entirely different way. In fact, many of us want to regain those unique viewpoints we possessed as children. Because children are so artistic in nature, some of them are born photographers. So if your child is always on the lookout to grab your camera and start clicking, then it’s the right time to teach them the photography basics.
Sharing your own photography tips with your child won’t only help your child become a young photographer, they’ll also be able to use their camera properly while ensuring that they never face any battery issues or storage issues.
Do you love photography? Have you thought about sharing your love of photography with your child or any kids in your life?