Tag Archives: kids photography classes

young photographers #1: action poses…

DSCN0359i took this shot of Bhavani Prasad, but all the images in the slide show were taken by my students.

Admittedly it’s not always easy to manage a class of extremely excited children who have been given a camera for the first time. However I wanted all age groups I taught to have the opportunity to take photography lessons so this year i brought three extra “kid proof” cameras with me. A lot can be learned through photography; composition, how light works, movement and how it affects a photograph, team work, cooperation, patience and perseverance…

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I also think that the responsibility and trust that comes with handing over a piece of equipment to manage and use themselves proved to be a valuable lesson and also a boost to their self esteem.

Will post plenty more as so many great photos were taken

depth perception and jumping off walls…

Had a lot of fun with my photography classes with this one. The idea is to get the kids to manoeuvre each other into the right positions to create the illusion that one big kid is holding a miniature version of his friend in his hand, so it’s all done live…no post production ie no photoshop tricks…

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…or to get it to look like someone is standing on his head. As well as learning about perspective and depth perception, the kids must also collaborate and work as a group in order to position themselves correctly, it’s a good exercise and a lot of fun…

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…eventually the boys start leaping off a nearby cement wall…as ever i scream at them to BE CAREFUL!!! and as ever they scream back not to worry…IT’S SIMPLE!!!

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kids with cameras…

Am giving photography classes this year again. We begin with portraits, but initially am just trying to get the kids to understand about the importance of the direction of their source light, how to stand properly to reduce camera shake and how to focus. With portraiture they can also learn about composition and the difference between the snapshot of a pal and something that tells us a little more about the character.

Here often the girls and boys have some very rigid and defined conceits as to the roles of girls and boys even in education. I really like to teach photography as there are no gender preconceptions, everyone is the photographer and everyone is the subject and much of the theory of subject matter and composition can be applied to other art disciplines…

ALL THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE TAKEN BY MY STUDENTS…

Bear in mind these are the first efforts for some of these kids, aged 9 -15, some of the images are really great…I love these two in particular:

more great images taken by the kids:

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this last one is taken by myself  but spot the budding photographer in the background!