Shoot & Review
Up to now, children have learned camera basics like holding and operating the camera. You’ve begun teaching them three fundamental rules: identifying a subject, focus, and proper lighting. They’ve also taken a few pictures for fun and after learning each rule. Now, it’s time to start more serious shooting, employing what they’ve learned so far!
In photography, like in most things, practice makes perfect. Let your child start shooting and have some say over what they shoot. However, while it should be fun for them, it’s also an excellent opportunity for them to take photography seriously. After asking them what they think about each picture, provide detailed feedback. Look at things like where the fundamental rules are followed? Is the subject in focus? Is the image sharp? Is it adequately lighted?
Suppose you see your child getting frustrated, especially younger children, back off a bit. Make sure they understand the fundamentals and why they matter to the outcomes. Remind them that, like with most things, practice will make them better. We all started at the beginning and (hopefully) have improved since then. They will, too, with continued practice and time.
As you see improvement in your child’s photography, you can introduce new, more advanced rules. Continue to stress the fundamental rules of photography. They’re critical as they advance. You can’t get better if you skip those essential first rules.
Photography might be a great bonding opportunity for you and your child. Whether it’s a hobby or a career for you, it’s something that might seriously interest your child. They might fall in love with photography just as you did!