Fun Photography Projects to Do with Children
You and your child can benefit from doing a few simple, photography projects together. This article will give you seven different photography explorations that you can do with your child to build a closer relationship together and improve your images.
Your children can gain self-confidence, improve their creativity, and build better communication skills through photography. We live in a visual world and photography is a universal language that can be understood by anyone in the world.
Explore several different projects at the same time or just pick one that looks most interesting to your young budding photographer — the most important thing of all is to make it fun for you and your child. A positive and encouraging approach will instil a desire to continue on with photography for a long time.
Look for Reflections and Shadows
You can treat these two subjects as separate themes to have fun with, but I put them together because they both involve photography where the main subject may not be the centre of interest.
You can photograph the shadows that the sun naturally makes or use an artificial light like a flashlight and create your own.
For outside shadow pictures, you’ll get longer shadows from the sun earlier and later in the day. A simple UN-cluttered background usually works best and makes interesting shapes from the shadows more prominent.
You can find reflections everywhere. Smooth, shiny surfaces work best. Glass surfaces, shiny metal, and water are popular surfaces to have fun with this one.
Small puddles are great to use to isolate parts of outdoor objects. You can use mirrored sunglasses, shiny objects like your kitchen toaster, automobiles, or even silverware to get some great effects.
Take Your Camera Closer
Close-ups and true macro photographs often reveal a world that we would ordinarily ignore. The vast majority of macro photos are taken of flowers and insects. The variety of species and locations that you can find makes these photography projects easy to delve into.
If you want to challenge you and your child’s creativity, try looking for other macro subjects. You can find some very interesting subject matter right in your own kitchen.
If you want to stay out of the kitchen, try another location like the office, the garage, or yes, even the bathroom!
Experiment with Different Textures
One of the best ways to improve your visual recognition skills is to focus on just one element of photography, whether that’s colour, contrast, shape, or texture. Perhaps not as exciting to many, photos of textures are often very simple in nature and often don’t get much fanfare.
Still, the point of these photography projects is to exercise the ability to recognize the different qualities that an image can have so that it can be captured in an image.
Finding textures will challenge you and your child to look at different kinds of surfaces and look for the complex patterns that can be found on the material you’re looking at.
Shooting textures might be best for you if you like to find some detail that the casual observer may not notice.
Shoot in Different Natural Light Conditions
Photography starts with lighting and any list of photography projects has to have at least one jaunt into lighting. For this study, look for situations where the sun is partially or fully obscured by something.
Direct sun hitting the lens may be a bit too harsh and tricky to deal with exposure and flare. The slightest movement of your camera or the sun can make a big difference in the final photograph. The peach orchard was photographed early in the day on a crisp Fall morning.
You can get interesting results with silhouettes where all of the light is coming from behind your subject and there is little or no light hitting your subject on the side that is viewable from the perspective of the camera.
You can shoot before sunrise or after sunset and the sky will become the entire background behind your silhouetted subject. Open spaces where light will not reflect back toward your subject will give you the silhouette look.
Take Unconventional Selfies
The informal self-portrait (or “selfie”, as it’s lovingly known) has become so commonplace that it’s a good idea for you and your photography student to have some fun with this topic. There are a number of photography projects you can come up with around this idea.
Here’s one suggestion: rather than shoot the typical teen selfie in the bathroom mirror, try limiting your selfies to shooting your own shadow.