Travel photography for kids

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Years ago we trusted our oldest daughter with a Big Girl camera all her own. In that time, it’s mostly been used to document arrangements of toys, closeups of her sister’s eye ball, and the occasional blurry shot of me in the kitchen.

Photography tricks for kids

This summer I decided it was high time to be more purposeful with her photography lessons and to guide her a bit more in what she chooses to capture. With several road trips and day trips planned, I figured summer is the perfect opportunity for getting her out and about with her camera near subjects she’d be thrilled to document.

Photography tricks for kids

Our theme for the summer is “Collect Memories, Not Things” and I’m using her camera as the tool to enforce that message. After our first experience out, I’ve learned that these are the best photography tricks for kids:

1. Explain the Zoom button and when to use it. This is a tougher topic than you might expect! After I showed my daughter where the zoom button was and what it did, I had to explain:

  • keep your subject in one piece, don’t cut off people’s heads
  • don’t zoom in too closely all the time, we don’t need an entire album of eyeballs
  • it’s hard to focus on {and see!} your subject if you’re too zoomed in, focus first and then zoom
  • you can always crop closer in the computer editing, but you can’t add more photo back

2. Be patient. Don’t chase your subject, wait till your subject comes to you. The penguins at the zoo are the perfect example. She tried to run after them swimming in the water. I told her to stand still and have the camera ready so when they passed by she could catch them.

Photography tricks for kids

3. Look for color. The zoo is very very brown, have you ever realized that? Brown lions, brown bears, brown giraffes. The rocks and ground and environments are all very neutral except for the occasional green foliage. I told my daughter to be on the look out for bright colors. She captured hot pink flamingos, bright blue painted backgrounds in the penguin exhibit, and a flower covered hillside with a waterfall. Looking for color makes the album more interesting and can be an excellent inspiration prompt.

4. Remember orientation. I noticed my daughter was taking all landscape oriented photos, never turning the camera to capture portrait orientation. When she reached the waterfall and tried to capture it, I prompted her to turn her camera and she was shocked how much more she could get into the image. This is a wonderful exercise in observation.

5. Photography doesn’t end with the camera. Be sure to DO something with the images your child takes. We take pictures so that they may be enjoyed. They aren’t doing anyone any good getting buried on a hard drive. Whether you just print a few 4x6s or something more, be sure to get them off the camera. Check out what we did with my daughter’s zoo photos here. It might be the thing in our house I am most proud of right now!

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tiffanydahleprofileTiffany Dahle is the hostess behind Peanut Blossom where she shares her belief that strong families start with strong and happy mothers. She encourages you to develop everyday possibilities for stretching your creativity while doing what you do to keep that household running!

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Photography tricks for kids