Kids are naturals for cameras. They might be young and not very tall, but they are like sponges. You might not notice, but your youngsters are mentally photographing everything they see and also everything you do. Providing a simple camera for your childâ€™s use will boost his creativity that could last a lifetime. So what can you do to keep your child interested in photo possibilities and not bury him in technical details that will overwhelm his curiosity and just smother him in things he doesnâ€™t understand? A good choice would be to let your child use a simple camera to take photos of what interests him. You can make the best of your childâ€™s interest by occasionally pointing out a special flower or a squirrel to photograph, for example. The emphasis there is â€œoccasionally.â€ Let him see the world with a photographerâ€™s eye. A good start when your child gets a camera is to begin taking photos of familiar subjects, like the family dog or cat. Photos of your immediate environment and your familyâ€™s daily activities are easy choices for a child with a camera. Your child will be attracted by different family events or daily activities. Little ones might be attracted by pictures of their bedroom, the street outside or new ways to see the furniture in the living room. Keep it simple and let your children take what photos they want. You can introduce new concepts gradually, like shutter speed, aperture, etc., depending on age, understanding and interest. Donâ€™t mix up each new concept with others. Make sure you cover each new concept independently and clearly demonstrate how each new concept works and how your child may use that new concept. An inexpensive digital camera might be just what your child needs to practice his/her first photography. Digital cameras are handy for new children photographers because they can see their photo and display the results immediately on the back of the camera. One healthy byproduct of teaching children to use cameras is getting them to tell stories about their photos. It will broaden their vision about the world around them and increase their storytelling ability. Perhaps they would like to do a photo diary or a photo travel journal. If so, help your child with his body of work and make sure you are not critical. What adults see about the world around us is not the same as what a child sees. Itâ€™s fascinating to note the differences. As an adult you know that each photographic outing might only provide one or two great photos. Get your kids to talk about what they like or dislike in the photos for the day. Get your child to discuss the reasons for their favorite photos and the ones they dislike. Remember that the choices your child likes or dislikes is totally their opinion. Encouragement helps kids learn to make decisions about their own photos.
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