Do you remember your first camera? I’m not sure if it was my first, but I remember an old Fuji Camera that I had around 8 years old. It was purple and had the old 110 film you developed at the store. That meant waiting to see what those pictures looked like and hoping you hadn’t wasted money on bad shots 😉 Man times have changed in photography.
As a National Geographic Kids Insider, I recently got that chance to hop on the phone with National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths, on World Photograph Day even! You can find her tips, tricks, and photos in the Guide to Photography by National Geographic Kids. She shared some great photography tips for kids during our call, that I wanted to pass on to those of you with kids that love photography.
5 Photography Tips for Kids
- Have an old cellphone laying around? They make a great first camera for kids! Many smartphones have amazing picture quality, and if it’s a phone you aren’t using, you will be less worried about the device. The less worry you have, the more creativity your child can.
- If there is a strap on the camera, always use it. Not only will this help keep the camera safe, but it lessens the worry of dropping it.
- Teach your child how to save and organize their photos. Always name your pictures in a logical way so they are easy to find. When saving those photos, go through end edit out any unwanted shots to free up space and make searching faster.
- Make a “No Chimping Rule” during family outings. Chimping is referred to as “oohing and ahahing” at every photo you take, something media professionals used to do shortly after digital photography was developed. Encourage your kids to experience the moment and have with their photos but no letting anyone look at their photos until the end.
- Let your child get creative with their photos by using a free photo editing like PicMonkey or Canva. Changing the color of an image, adjusting setting, adding borders, and other fun functions can bring a picture to life even more. You don’t want to alter reality, you want to use it help tell the story even more.
The National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography is a great resource for children wanting to learn about photography. Whether your child is shooting with smartphone, DSLR, point-and-shoot, or even an underwater camera, there are tips and tricks for them. Features of this photography book for kids include:
- Step-by-Step Instructions on lighting, composition, and more.
- Information on editing, photo sharing, and the latest photo software.
- DIY Photography Activities
- Details on different careers for camera lovers.
- Ways to connect through National Geographic Kids photo-sharing community MyShot
- and more!
She was always interested in telling stories. But when she first started, there was nothing in the way of kid-friendly cameras. (Plus, film was expensive.) She was introduced to the camera in college, and had been focused in writing, majoring in journalism. She came to realize that photos could be a great way to tell stories.
For more about photography for kids, to find fun challenges, and more, head over to the National Geographic Kids MyShot Website!