Happy Belated Friday!! Since its Saturday, hope you had a great day yesterday. I let the day get away from me by watching Reed play on the beach all afternoon – but better late then never!
One of the things I pondered while on the sand was about how Reed enjoys bringing his camera along on an outing – why haven’t we been doing much of that lately? I need to get back in the habit of charging his camera & having it ready to go. Since that was on my brain, I decided to post some tips on how to get your Wild Thing behind the camera every once in a while.
3 TIPS FOR WILD THING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Keep it Cheap. To prevent heartache (yours AND theirs), I’ve found the one the best cameras for Reed was my hand-me-down. Rather than seeking out a “kids camera”, keep things cheap and pass down one you aren’t using anymore. It will save you the heartache of witnessing them destroy a brand new camera (in only a matter of days) and the quality of your old camera is probably better than the quality you’ll find in a “kids camera”. Sure, my old camera isn’t as durable and juice-proof but its good for a Wild Thing to learn to respect the equipment rather than treat it like a toy anyway.
Stick to the Basics. Give them some simple instructions and don’t expect they’ll have it all down the 1st trip out. Teach them how to be still for a second, how to aim at what they want to capture, focus, and listen for the shutter ‘click’. I found that I was telling Reed “no, don’t take that” and I had to quickly learn to stop stifling HIS shot. Maybe he meant to take a shot of that rock, just because I won’t doesn’t mean he shouldn’t.
Get Them Out Often. Even if its just out in the backyard, Wild Things like to see their own work. Make it a game … photo scavenger hunt for shapes or colors! Look up any wildlife or plants on the computer that they photographed. Teach them to appreciate their surroundings!! I know I sure didn’t appreciate the beautiful blues of the sky until I started photographing them (yes, them. There are SEVERAL different shades of blue the sky takes on from day to day or hour to hour … if you haven’t noticed, get your camera out more often!!)
You’ll be surprised what’s important to your Wild Thing once they can capture it in a photograph. Print and hang up some of their work, put it in an album, and journal any stories they have about the shot … you’ll be giving them little pieces of their childhood they can literally take with them.
Check out a previous post HERE for some of Reed’s work :)