Don’t you just love digital cameras for kids? The delete option is so awesome — and you’re not wasting film like in the old days.
Digital photography is wondrous, eco-friendly, and kid-friendly. We’ve discovered the key to our travel success — especially if we take the kids for hikes — is digital cameras. (Also known as a really good distraction for walking long distances.)
Oh, and skip the kid cameras. We’ve tried three and all three were terrible. Yes, camera’s are expensive but I think it’s worth it to see the world from a child’s eyes. When they’re old enough (5 or 6 years old) loop the strap around their wrist, tighten and let them shoot their own photos..
Camera Basics for Beginners
- FINGERS: Watch your fingers when turning on and off (be sure fingers are out of the way of the lens). Also, hold the camera with fingers on the edges – not over the lens.
- PLAN: Pick what to shoot – 1 thing = 1 photo.
- MOVEMENT: Hold the camera still while you take the picture.
Camera Projects for Beginners
PHOTO ABC BOOK: Save your photos, you’re going to be making an alphabet book on this guest post by Esther Hershenhorn.
DAY IN THE LIFE: Use a stuffed animal to be the star of your photos. Take photos of your stuffed animal throughout the day doing different activities. Print out and make a book.
SEASONS IN NATURE: Take photographs that show signs of the season — spring, summer, fall, winter.
SCAVENGER HUNT: Make up a list of things for your child to find and photograph.
National Wildlife Federation’s digital camera tips for kids.