PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON FOR CHILDREN

It’s really important to me that children have the opportunity to learn how to use a camera and not just a camera phone. So when an Oxfordshire Beavers’ pack asked me to run a photography lesson for children, I immediately said YES!

Boy learning how to use a camera at his Beavers' pack

I must have been 6 or 7 when I received my first camera so these Beavers were the perfect age for their first photography lesson. Many of them had never held a proper camera before, so they were really excited to hold my professional camera!

And they listened intently as I explained the history of photography and how it’s used in so many walks of life today. From speed cameras to deep sea diving cameras to capturing special moments such as weddings or a photo finish in a horse race.

PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE OLD DAYS!

Boy using a camera to photograph his friend

They were mesmerised to hear that my first camera was a Kodak Disk Camera! I explained how it used film; only took 15 photos at a time; and the negatives had to be sent off to be printed! A far cry from today’s world of instant digital photography that can be shared around the world in seconds!

PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON FOR CHILDREN

Boy taking a photo of a christmas cake using a camera

I helped the Beaver leaders set-up four areas around the room to explain different style of photography. One of the areas focused on still life photography (above and below) where we discussed how changing the angle you shoot from or increasing the distance from the subject can create really different photos of the same thing.

I loved their creativity, especially when they asked if they could put their friends under the still life display! What a genius idea!

Girl photographing children sat under a table

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

In this area of the hall we had a go at flat lay photos. This is where you hold the camera directly over the top of an item – in this case festive mince pies! We even tried some action shots of their fellow Beavers pretending to eat the mince pies (below).

Boy photographing mince pies with a camera phone

WOULD YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY A PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON?

The children had so much fun that lots of them said they’d be asking Santa for a camera this year!

How about your little ones? Would they be interested in a photography lesson for children. As you can see it’s a really hands on experience with lots of fun, creativity and great results!

Boy holidng a camera in front of his face taking a photo

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