There is no doubt that the kids have a more unique visual experience compared to what we, adults, can see. They see objects in a different way and from a different perspective, which may be due to their imaginative personality and visual ability.
Kids see things simpler than adults. This special and unique nature of the kids’ personality makes it challenging to teach them photography. In this article we will review some useful tips that you can consider when teaching kids photography.
Use a simple camera
The first step is choosing the camera that you should buy for your kid or you can advise the kids’ parents to get. Try to look for a simple point-and-shoot camera that does not include complex features and buttons.
Also, keep in mind the camera’s durability, since kids may drop them when they use it or play with it. An inexpensive camera is a good choice and they can get a better one when they have developed some experience in handling their camera.
Interact seriously with them
It is very important to deal with the kid as a real expert, make them think that they are doing a very important thing and let them enjoy the feeling of being photographer.
This serious atmosphere stimulates kids to get the most out of themselves and feel that they can take good photos. Also, it encourages them to learn more and become more experienced.
Practice is the best way to learn
At a young age it is very hard to teach them the complicated photography theories and concepts. However, photography is a talent and they can learn about the photography techniques by practice and choosing the best shots.
Encouraging kids to keep their cameras with them all the time and take photos of everything around them helps them to learn by practicing as well as about basic important issues, such as light and composition, etc.
Teach them the basics
While practicing, you can spend some time to tell them about the basic concepts that they can apply in their next shot. Your tips should appear like useful advice to make the shot better, and ask them to try another shot and apply these tips.
The most important thing is that you need to choose simple and basic concepts that kids can easily understand and apply, such as the rule of thirds and positioning objects in the photo frame.
You can also teach them how to stand and choose a well-lit place to position the objects they want to shoot.
Take them on photography tours
Working inside a studio is not something that kids would like to do. Kids like to go outside and play in the garden and open places. You can take the kids to open places, museums, parks, the woods and similar safe places, where they can explore their talent and take shots of the things around them.
You can give them some time to play and enjoy their time and feel that photography tours are fun and they would like to do it again and again.
Give them prizes and gifts
Prizes and gifts are very important to encourage kids to improve their skills and make an effort to take good shots. The gifts can be photography equipments, such as a tripod or other toys that they like. This encouraging attitude helps kids to understand that they will be rewarded if they learn more and make them feel that they are appreciated.
The basic tips above can help you start exploring the little photographer inside your kid and improve his or her photography skills with simple ideas.
It is a practical experience and you can always try different tips to make your kid a better photographer. If you have other ideas that may help parents to explore the photography talent in their kids, share it with us and let us know your ideas.