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Hand your child the camera

Posted By Jessi Weithman On June 30, 2011 @ 7:00 am In Family,Photo Tips | 6 Comments

Ever wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of a 4 year old? There is a fun and easy way to find out. Hand over the camera!

The essential tips for this experiment are first to be sure the little photographer is interested in photography. The day I finally handed my guy a camera was the day he spent the entire afternoon asking me to take a certain picture, show it to him and then snap another to meet his criteria of a good picture. Next, be sure the camera has a strap and is attached securely to your little photographer. Set the camera to automatic. Explain the rules of not touching the lens, of framing the image in the screen and of pushing the big button. Encourage and let your little photographer snap away. It is okay if they fill up the card in 5 minutes. Really it is! Keep it simple, and watch your little photographer go to work. Capturing a picture of your little one with camera gripped in hands is a must!

During the final 20 minutes of our last outing to the zoo, I let my son use my point and shoot camera with a watchful eye. I’m so glad I did. It was so fun watching him explore the world, snapping away and setting up shots. Having learned from my example, he started with pictures of everyone’s feet (See my previous article on snapping feet [1]).

It was also so cute watching him try to convince his little brother to slow down, turn around and smile for the camera. He finally gave up on his brother, and set up his little toy komodo dragon and alligator at each exhibit snapping a shot of each.

He grabbed a fun combination of shots of the polar bear, including the one of fur pressed up the glass. He was extra excited about that image of bear fur.

He stopped and took a picture of the big alligator sculpture, but since the tail is the coolest snapped from that direction.

And even insisted on a rare picture of his parents together. Not the best focus in the world on this shot… but look a picture of us! So few of those.

I’m so excited for many more outings with my new photography buddy!

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