Teaching your kids to take pics?

Discussion in 'Stroll Photography' started by KillRamsey, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Anyone else do this? I figure...

    1. It's a fun thing for us to do together
    2. It gets us outside
    3. She uses her brain
    4. She creates beauty and gets to see the results later

    A few times now we've gone for photo walks, usually to the gigantic old cemetery across the street. She takes my old Nikon Coolpix superzoom compact on a shortened strap. We stroll, she carefully arranges and shoots pictures. Later, she gets to see them on my computer. And then, of course, I get to make an album for relatives on facebook. So we did this yesterday afternoon, slowly, as she had a cold. Some of her shots:

    22424126031_9859d7b854_c. DSCN9813 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22225309060_61af1e8869_c. DSCN9814 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Unbeknownst to me, while we were way up in the stone tower there, she found my work building / zoomed in / took a shot of it. I had no idea.
    22413269915_24979895bd_c. DSCN9824 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    And my shots, often of her taking a shot (meta, baby)... I also tried hard to make wide crops, just to be different. I go to this place SO much:
    22226553919_443580f07a_b. KBRX7794 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22225392650_542ecd9d3b_b. KBRX7840W by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    21790601154_a603805015_b. KBRX7842 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22413352385_7a6201248d_c. KBRX7865 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22225383860_070e91f2c9_c. KBRX7917W by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22225379660_a8b12f7343_c. KBRX7940 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    21792231023_9379b81cf4_b. KBRX7941 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22413339675_ca1faae194_c. KBRX7961 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  2. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Love your adventures and images you both get!

    To answer your question - of course, for the very same reasons. Although sometimes we even do it "oldschool" - manual focusing and manual exposure :)

    The results can get all over the place, but it's all about fun and exploring. And even sometimes they lend themselves to different processing.

    Or am I just watching too many documentaries about autochromes? :)

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  3. I've let my 7 year old Foster daughter take a few pictures from time to time and she seems to enjoy it.

    Any direction for improvement gets ignored though.
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  4. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus Subscribing Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I envy you. I gave up on mine. I always got the feeling it was more about pleasing me, than an internal drive to take pictures. It's the same with music. No matter the stories how much my music is loved, secretly Taylor Swift rules the world.
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  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I'm at the grandchildren stage and they all (9) enjoy 'snapping'. My eldest 3 (girls) love their iphones but there a 2 dslrs as well. Middle 3 (boys) use ipods and the youngest 3 have a cheap p&s each that stays at my place and get used every visit.
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  6. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Very cool to hear - all of you, even the ones that didn't take. I'm working hard to keep it fun, and not be about me. And I don't push it too often, just something to go do when the light is nice, or we have time to kill.

    I've been playing good music for her since she was born, but I fear she's going to go running for sugary pop garbage the first second she's able. It's inevitable. I just tell myself that one day when she's 22, she'll suddenly hear a Graham Parsons / Byrds / Beatles / whatever song on the radio and think "....yeah ok, maybe that's not so bad."
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  7. 480sparky

    480sparky SC Regular

    Aug 24, 2015
    No ankle-biters of my own, but I have bought my neighbors' 5 grandkids a camera for Christmas a couple years ago. They've also had the opportunity to watch me work in the darkroom.
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  8. PJacobs

    PJacobs SC Veteran

    Apr 7, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Don't give up! My dad played Deep Purple's 'Made in Japan' record on vinyl for me when I was 16. I like to think that saved me ;)

    The difference in white balance between you and your daughter is striking. I'm curious, are you using daylight setting for WB?
  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    The Nikon is, of course, on auto - fairly sure there's no choice on that old thing. I set mine manually to be fairly warm, using the Kelvin temp scale and eyeballing it. That's where it looked "right" to me, again acknowledging that it was warmer than real life.
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  10. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
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  11. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    My daughter did the photography thing with me for a bit, but it did not grab her. She'll still pick up one of my cams and take some shots of her room and things sometimes, but it is very casual. At ten she is doing OK on the music side though, and hearing what her friends listen to I think maybe that is a much bigger deal. She goes for Bob Marley (or Ziggy) when in calm mode around the house, then some Green Day or RHCP when in more active mode.
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  12. Matero

    Matero SC Veteran

    Dec 25, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Occasionally I can get both of my daughters to enjoy shooting pics. Unfortunately one can not push them too much, then they loose their interest. But I always have big grin when I see them to pick up their cameras. Ages 11 and 13, and I've told them some basics in shooting and they usually don't shoot in Auto-mode, but Aperture mode mostly. If I just could get their iPhones away, then they might use real cameras more ;)
    I also have grown up boys, and they aren't interested in photography at all :(

    meteora greece 2014-07-09 12.37.08 FUJIFILM X-T1 XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS f4.5 1_1200s ISO200 (63 of 99)
    by Matero, on Flickr

    Tali 2014-05-18 15.14.28 Olympus E-M10 Pentax 50mm f1.7 1_640s ISO200
    by Matero, on Flickr
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  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Those are great. And, you know, if my daughter makes art -- but with a phone of some sort, I'll still be fairly happy. As long as she reaches for some device to try to capture beauty around her, then I will have won.
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  14. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    shooting (Custom). If my kid sees that Wha Evs hat I'll be hounded to buy it for her... :)
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