N, like so many other children goes through phases of hating having his photo taken, and then loving it and being happy to pose. But the one type of photography he does love is selfies on the phone, because he can see himself as the photo is being taken.
He has got an ELC children’s camera that I got him as a Christmas present a few years ago. It’s ok for a fun toy, but I have no idea where the cable is, and it’s not particularly intuitive to use. He’s never really shown an interest in taking photos apart from once at Cornbury where he just wanted to play with my camera. When he does, my plan was to get him a compact camera so he could learn on it, practise and benefit from a proper camera. As well as learning to look after a piece of equipment rather than a toy.
It seems that time might be nearer than I thought, because when we went to Badbury Hill to see the bluebell woods, he wanted to take photos with my camera. There was no way I was letting him near my compact system camera, but luckily I’d also packed my compact in my camera bag so I got that out for him to use.
N was really good at ensuring the cord was round his wrist (mostly), and listened to what I taught him about zooming in and out. I’m not sure he really got that but he’ll learn what it means over time. The big thing he needs to practise is making sure his finger isn’t over the lens. Oh and obviously holding the camera really still. I might have to teach him to lean it against something or himself to help hold it steady.
He took it really seriously, looking for different things to take photos of. Here’s some of his photos
Needless to say, he obviously didn’t find the bluebells as interesting to photograph as I did, because there were a lot more photos of feet, ground and trousers than anything we’d actually come to look at!
His interest didn’t last that long, but it’s a start. Maybe I’ll have a little photographer on my hands before too long? Or maybe not given that many of his questions are ‘mummy, why are you taking a photo of that?’
Are your children interested in photography and cameras? How have you encouraged them?