We are raising our kids in the digital age and are able to snap photo's on all types of devices other than a camera. But are we actually taking photo's? They tend to just stay on that device and not be looked at again unless you need to delete some to make more room on that device.
Why aren't we printing them? These pictures captured by our children are really important insights into their minds and how they are taking in their surrounds and goings on in their life. It's a fun and artistic way for kids to gain independence and a creative outlet for self-expression.
Last week I gave my son a camera to take some photo's to enter into our local show. I was amazed at what he came back with and I wish I had done this with him before now.
I didn't give him any restrictions, but I understand some kids need something to get them started. Here are a few ideas:
• For the little ones ask them to photograph things that are a certain colour
• Get them to photograph a favourite toy in different locations and from different angles; up high, down low, overhead and close up.
• For the older ones, get them to try and compose a scene by dividing the frame into thirds.
• Or look at different emotions of people or their environment.
Kids learn by doing, so hand over the camera and snap away. Don't forget to print your photo's as you don't want to loose these memories. You might be amazed at what they create!
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