Explore Photography with Your Child

Parents love to take pictures of their kids, but children can have fun and learn a lot by taking photos of their own. Here are some enjoyable and educational activities you can do with your child.

You can buy an inexpensive, durable camera for your child, or you can simply show him or her how to use the camera on your cell phone. If your child is 6 or older, you can start to teach the basic principles of photography.

The rule of thirds is the idea that people’s eyes are drawn to the top, bottom, left, or right third of a picture. Teach your child how to capture a shot with the focal point in one of those sections.

Show your child how to make photos look better by not chopping off parts of people’s heads or their hands or feet.

Teach your child how to take close-up shots to capture details of common objects or people’s facial expressions.

Show your child how to use lines in the background or negative space to draw attention to the subject of a photo.

You can also use photography to teach your child other skills. Teach colors by having your child take pictures of items of a particular color that are found at home or outside.

Your child can learn the alphabet by taking pictures of objects or people whose names start with a particular letter. Your child can also take pictures of things that start with letters in his or her name.

Encourage your child to choose a favorite photo and write a story about it. You can help your child collect photos and stories in a book or blog that can be shared with family and friends.

Exploring photography at a young age can teach your child to be creative and foster a love of art. Training your child to take pictures can teach many other skills that can help in school and throughout life.