Photography Demystified—FOR KIDS! A Kid’s Guide and Parent’s Resource to Fun and Learning Photography Together, the fourth in the Photography Demystified series, is specifically designed for parents to read and follow with their children to create a fun-filled bond and hobby within the family. Many of the projects can be done even with the simplest of cameras, including those in smartphones.
This book is also very much for pre-teen and teenagers to be able to work with on their own, when needed, AND with their parents, so everyone can enjoy their time together!
This is a photography book that children of all ages and parents alike will learn from. Photography Demystified—FOR KIDS caters to younger children working with their parents in the simpler projects, but mostly to children in upper elementary school (ages 8–10), pre-teens (ages 11–12), and early teens (ages 13–14). But don’t be fooled—this book will ALSO help the adult learn photography too!
Because this book is meant for children and their parents to explore and learn photography together, through a child’s eyes, I’ve formatted it differently than the previous books in the Photography Demystified series. In this book, you’ll find over 50 photography projects and step-by-step instructions on how to do them, as well as photographic visuals.
Most photography books are not appropriate for children because they concentrate on technical information to such an extent that children’s “joy” and “wonder” of depicting the world through photographs get lost in all the “photo jargon” of shutter speeds and F-stops. So, that’s not what you’ll find in this book.
My philosophy is that children need the freedom to be able to “see” and “share” how they see, and their wonder of it all should be acknowledged in a safe and non-critical way, first and foremost.
THEN, upon that foundation, other aspects, including some of the technical aspects, can be brought in to enhance their experience and increase their knowledge. We MUST not put our filters on them! The first rule is to help them develop a love for “seeing” through photographs.
This book is written for parents to experience with their children, according to HOW THEIR CHILDREN SEE THE WORLD. Because of this, many of the projects in the book can be done with the simplest of cameras. This is very purposeful.
This is NOT a book to guide parents on how take over, critique, and dominate what their child learns and sees along the way. I have written this book with a very clear purpose—rather than the parent dictating how the child should see the world, the child shares with the parent how they see the world, and in doing so, the parent will be lost for moments in their child’s wonder and innocence so that the parent too will see “like a child.” You will see through a child’s eyes!
My hope is that your children will fall in love with “seeing” through the means of photography, and you, as a parent, will see through your children’s eyes. In doing so, it will give you a bond so that together you experience wonder, joy, and creation, all in expectation that this experience will provide a precious, lifelong memory that is captured forever through the photos you take.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book
Through a Child’s Eyes
Cameras and Gear
Project—Introduction to Photography
About Participation and Creativity in the Projects
Section 1—Simple, Fun Projects
Project—Photograph Objects That Start with Alphabet Letters
Project—Letters of the Alphabet
Project—A Bug’s Life View
Project—Same Subject Different Views
Project—A Day in the Life of Your Family
Project—A Day in the Life of Your Neighborhood
Project—A Day in the Life of Your School
Section 2—Basic Technical Elements
Camera Design, Preparation, and the Correct Foundation
Types of Cameras
The Elements of Exposure
How Light Changes Everything
Project—Make a Sunprint
Project—Locate Your Mode Dial
The Exposure Triangle
Project—Locate Your Shutter Control Dial
Project—Change Your Aperture/F-stop
Project—Lots of Photography Using Priority Modes!
Project—Panning Using Shutter Priority
Project—Zoom the Camera
Project—Rotate the Camera
Section 3—Fun with Composition
About Some Lens Types
Project—Photograph with the Lenses You Have
Project—Move Your Feet!
Project—Rule of Thirds
Project—Sense of Scale
Project—Walk into a Photo
Project—Patterns and Shapes
Project—Fill the Frame
Section 4—Full Manual Settings—All Three Exposure Elements Together
Project—First Full Manual Shot
Bringing It All Together
Steps to Exposure
Project—Shoot Full Manual Settings