Photography for Kids: Activities They Can Do! *Post contains affiliate links. Thanks in advance for supporting Click it Up a Notch. One of my friends wants to give her son a project and thought a photography one would be fun! I love this idea and wanted to give you some ideas to do photography for kids. You can purchase a child proof durable camera or if your children are older and a little more responsible you can purchase an inexpensive point and shoot. Photography for Kids: Ages 3-5 You may not be able to teach them as many skills at this age but you can familiarize them with a camera and give them different activities they can do. Activity ideas: – Learn their colors – Have the child walk around the house or outside and look for things of a certain color and photograph them. – Starts with… – Ask them to find objects that start with a certain letter and photograph them. – Their name – They could either find objects that start with the letters in their name or they could look for things that look like letters to make their name.
Teaching middle schoolers sports photography I teach a middle school photography elective once a year at my kids' school. I have the kids 3x week for 9 weeks, though. Only having one day is tough. I agree with the keep it simple approach. From there, bring in some of your photos that have been published and ask the kids to critique them. I've also gone out and purposely taken some crap photos and have them compare and contrast the good ones and the crap ones. If you can turn it into a 3 day or so lesson, you could spend one day with the lecture and critiquing of your photos, one day outside having them shoot each other jumping, throwing a football, or running around the school track, and then the 3rd day looking at what they shot and discussing it.
Photo Workout: Exercises To Flex Your Photographic Skills Sunday, August 17, 2008 By Rob Sheppard How do you become a better photographer? I'll give you a series of exercises that you can start doing immediately, and I guarantee they'll stretch you and your thought process as a photographer. Let me reemphasize that—have fun! Workout 1: Light Awareness Light is critical to photography. Exercise: See The Light What You Need: A camera and a zoom lens, preferably one that goes from wide to at least moderate telephoto. What To Do: Get out and photograph light. Review: Look at the light and what it does in your photographs. Add Comment
How To Teach Photography To Children This bear was brought in by one of the children and proved to be a popular photo subject. He could also sit still, unlike the children. We named him “Ansel.” By Bob Couey Teaching primary school-age children basic photography. When I was recently offered a part-time position teaching photography to young children at an after-school education facility, I anticipated this assignment could be challenging. The children made these ornaments. Who’s the student? My initial approach to teaching smaller kids the art and basics of photography was to lecture, project various photo examples for discussion, lecture a little more, then gradually move into some hands-on work. Wrong. “All classes need to engage the students all the time,” said the after-school facility’s education director. Yes, I trusted her because she was absolutely right. What to teach? I had 14 weeks of subjects to fill to satisfy my agreement with the facility. A little separation Portraiture Still-life, macro, Photoshop and more
APOGEE PHOTO MAGAZINE: How to Get "Tack Sharp" Photo Images-Part I: Shutter Speed, Focal Length, Image Stabilizers and Tripods by Brad Sharp Parrot: 1/640 sec. @ f/4.5 ISO 100 Lens: EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM - hand held This is an example of how you can have part of an image "tack sharp", while the rest of image can be blurry. The important thing to remember is that you want the focal point, in this case the eye, to be "tack sharp". The wings being blurry shows movement, and the background being blurry is called bokeh, which is an aesthetic quality. Remember, the closer you are to a moving object, the faster that object will be relative to you and the camera, which means you will have to use a faster shutter speed in order to stop the action. The Reciprocal Rule--perhaps the most used “rule of thumb” in photography. Examples: 200mm lens: Shutter Speed (SS) > = 1/200 sec. 100mm lens: SS > = 1/100 sec. 70mm lens: SS > = 1/70 sec. Be sure to factor in the following questions when making your choices: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. I personally like to change the rule a bit to ensure really sharp images. Effective Focal Length Examples:
5 Creative Exercises for Photographers As a creative writer, nearly every day I make use of creative writing exercises in order to keep my inspiration and creativity alive and well. I’ve found that many of these creative writing exercises are incredibly helpful when I deal with creative block, and I’ve also found that the results of many of these exercises somehow find their way into longer stories or other projects that I’m working on. I don’t do a lot of exercises, but I make sure to do one at least once a day before my real writing session begins. I had this idea that creative writing exercises could translate into useful creative exercises for visual artists, especially photographers. I’ve derived these exercises from my favorite creative writing exercises, all of which can be found in the last section of John Gardner’s craft book, The Art of Fiction. Without further ado, here are five creative exercises for photographers as based on John Gardner’s writing exercises. The Simple Action Exercise The Anything But Exercise
Rules of Composition | Leading Lines Written by: Dana Suggs Earlier this month, I was so fortunate to be able to go to the Dream Big Workshop in Dallas (and meet AMY AND ANGIE! OMGosh! So what exactly are leading lines? Definition: Leading lines are lines within an image that leads the eye to another point in the image, or occasionally, out of the image. So there ya go! Here is Dana’s definition: anything that leads the viewer’s eyes and focus TOWARD the subject. Here is an example: At first, you may not even notice the lines. I know, you’re jealous right? Anyway, here are the leading lines! So, what can be a leading line? Simple stairway. (I know, you are completely diggin’ my bumpy, squiggly lines. Because her arm is high up on the pole (and we READ from left to right) it’s natural for our eyes to follow the arm down to the subject, so for this photo, her arm is the strongest leading line. (OK, I’ll quit with the shaky lines…..I think you get it now.) So, let’s see if you can identify the leading lines in these photos…
The Book Top 10 Digital Photography Tips | Top 10 Photography Tips - StumbleUpon Compose in Thirds To use the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off center will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph. Avoid Camera Shake Camera shake or blur is something that can plague any photographer and here are some ways to avoid it. The Sunny 16 Rule The idea with the Sunny 16 rule is that we can use it to predict how to meter our camera on a sunny outdoor day. Use a Polarizing Filter If you can only buy one filter for your lens, make it a polarizer. Create a Sense of Depth When photographing landscapes it really helps to create a sense of depth, in other words, make the viewer feel like they are there. Use Simple Backgrounds Don't Use Flash Indoors Flash can look harsh and unnatural especially for indoor portraits. Choose the Right ISO Pan to Create Motion Experiment with Shutter Speed