Teaching kids the art of photography can be a rewarding experience for them. It’s a great opportunity for parents to interact with their children and spend quality time together. Kids today are fascinated with technology that surrounds them; smartphones, tablets, and anything with a big TV screen interest them. Photography is a form of technology that can be used to motivate kids to be active and explore their surroundings.
Photography will get kids to look at the world in a new perspective. It can teach them a lot about the environments they live in and enhance their understanding of why things operate the way they do. There are several ways kids can be introduced to photography, but the most common is to allow them to experiment with a camera at an early age. You can start by giving them a disposable wind-up camera or a polaroid camera where they can see instant results. This gives them immediate gratification and can increase their interest in photography. Most digital cameras available today have LCD screens and allow for kids to review their photographic work as they go along. This can be an instrumental learning tool for kids to develop a critical eye of their work.
Mastering a new skill can instill confidence in kids and make them want to continue to improve. Providing positive feedback on your kids’ photos can help boost their confidence as well. Kids love to share their artwork with others, and photography is no exception. By showing interest in your kids’ photos and encouraging them to explore more with a camera, they are likely to develop a sense of pride in their work. There is always room for improvement; showing your kids the progress they make along the way can be beneficial on their photographic journey.
Aside from cameras being a motivator for kids to get outside and connect with their surroundings, they can also be used as a tool for learning. They can learn about photo composition, light exposure, and clarity (focus) of the subject they are photographing. For instance; is the subject in the middle of the photo or off center? Where is the light source coming from? Photo journaling would be a good way to document your kids’ progress and could be useful to look back on for self-reflection as their skills develop over time.
Photography can literally be a captivating hobby for children. With a bright young mind, and a camera equipped with fully charged batteries, your kid will never run out of things to photograph! Plan out fun photography ideas or themes for your children to capture on screen. You can send them on a letter hunt to capture objects in their environment that resemble letters in the alphabet. Maybe try a theme of “A Day in the Life” and task your kid with taking 5 or so photos of things they use or do on a daily basis to create a timeline of events as they play out. If your kids want to continue to hone their craft and develop new camera skills, you can look into enrolling them in a photography workshop. Just remember to let their creative minds roam and encourage them every step of the way!