Tips to Get Your Kid Interested in Photography

Your children love you just as much as your photography. It is hard to get your children interested in photography without making them feel scared or bored. These tips should help you engage them and get you on the path to a shared passion.

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Have fun with it

This is my number-one piece of advice. This is something you probably already know. However, sometimes it’s important to reinforce the obvious. It can be overlooked or ignored even though it seems obvious. Many children don’t want to learn a boring lesson. They will be more engaged if you make the learning experience fun. You should answer any questions they ask, but not a 50-minute lecture about the rule of thirds, color theories, ISO, exposure, and aperture triangle. These should be done in small bursts and not overly often.

There are many ways to approach children. It all depends on their age. You can get them involved by challenging them to participate in a photo contest. Set a goal. For example, you want to capture a great picture using great colors. You can set a time limit, and have someone outside, such as Mom, Dad or a sibling, decide which photo is the best.

Be patient!

Children are unpredictable. Children are fickle. They can be completely interested in one thing and completely disinterested in the next. After a few sessions, you can introduce some instruction if you keep it lighthearted. Perhaps you can start with a brief lesson on shutter speed. This is the easiest part of the exposure triangle, and it can be illustrated visually using examples.

Do not push yourself too hard

Let me refer you back again to the first point. Make it fun. You might get the opposite effect if you push too hard or try to get children interested in photography.

Photo Projects to Get Them Focused

It is much easier to take photos today than ever. This can lead to blurred focus and the capture of mundane shots. Your child might be inspired to create a series of photos that have a common theme. They might be able to photograph beautiful flowers. Perhaps they could focus on one color. It will help your photography skills, as well as help your children to see the world around them. It is amazing to try and see the world through children’s eyes.

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Talk to them about their photos

Allow them to edit photos from a large collection into smaller batches. Ask them why one photo is better than another. Show them if you have the software and the ability to use post-processing software like Lightroom or Photoshop. Once they have mastered the basics, ask them to describe what they want to do with the photos. Be careful! Some kids might find this boring. Take it slow and keep it lighthearted.

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It’s the satisfaction that comes with a job well done

A great photo shouldn’t be saved as a digital file. Let them pick the best photos and put them on their wall. You’ll give them something to be proud of, and something to inspire you to keep going. You might also consider asking them to write the story behind each photo. They will treasure this story when they become Ansel Adams.

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