Tipsy Thursday #5
I have several people talk to me about their kids (some being toddlers) being into photography. I say it's perfect to encourage kids at any age, especially with "kid friendly" cameras now that are built to endure a bit more "adventurous" attitude. BEFORE you get started get a system together for the pictures on your computer. Start with a folder "Cindy's Pictures" and then a sub folder "2012". This will help you keep them some what sorted to start...down the line you'll more than likely will need separate folders for each shoot.
Here are the three things to get with your child to help them explore this new world.
First is EXPERIMENT! Get them to get all kinds of angles, from above & below, zoomed in and zoomed out, flash/no flash/shoot all kinds of things/people...the days of paying for film are over so shoot away until the card fills up, then download and start over.
Second is showing them hold to hold the camera properly. I just covered this with my last Tipsy Thursday. Teaching them early will help with blur, since kids are known for not staying still!
Third is PAY ATTENTION TO THE BACKGROUND! This is something I see in adults, so getting your kids to see the whole frame and not just a certain item or person will start them out to notice if a limb on a tree looks like it's growing out of a person ear. This is easy to start doing with your kids by showing them some of their first images that are examples.
This a great START! But don't forget to sit down at the computer and look at pictures with them...a cool thing is have them pick out their favorites. COPY those to a sperate folder labeled as "Cindy's Favorites". Then as a little surprise, get a book printed. Think how cool it would for them to be able to take that to show off to their friends!!!