Photography Assignments For Kids
Perhaps one the things that limits young photographers is learning the basics through mundane practices. If only teachers or mentors would liven the lessons, using fun to cloak learning and structure, then maybe more children would be excited about photography. So to help today’s educators keep their students engaged (or awake), here are eight engaging photo assignments to give to young photographers.
1. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt could provide opportunities for children to learn different styles as well as basic camera shots. Do not make the student shoot solely the item, but instead make them photograph something in a specific way.
2. Limited Memory Card
A lot like the scavenger hunt, a good way to teach a student the basics is to require them to shoot a specific item, but this time do it with limited camera space. Meaning, have the student realize the importance of a photo by limiting the amount they can take. Instead of just walking up and shooting an object, it will make most think harder about the preparation.
3. Story Time
This one is simple: have the student tell you a story with a photograph. This will teach them how to incorporate multiple details into a single photo.
4. Collages of Specific Items
Give the student the opportunity to choose any specific item they want from multiple angles and the more creative the better. Once there are a huge variety of photos build a collage with the student.
This one can be done in two ways: for the younger kids make them find things that start with a specific letter. Obviously, by the end they will have 26 photos devoted to each letter of the alphabet. However, for the older kids, this is an opportunity to see how creative they can be by making them shoot items that look like a letter. Yes, the latter is a lot harder to do, but for middle school children this could be a fun, challenging experiment.
6. Experiments with light
Again, this is certainly for the older students, but once they start shooting at an advanced level, it is important to teach them how to shoot with lighting. Between ambient or artificial, it is important to get them to set aside time and experiment with what light can do.
7. Photograph Favorite Toy
This one’s for the real beginners such as children from ages four to seven. Having them shoot their favorite toy will provide basic lessons that are essential for future photographers such as points of interest, the rule of thirds and focal points.
8. 365 Day Project
Since “selfies” are so prevalent, why not use this as part of the curriculum. Make any student document their feelings for 365 days with each day expressing how they feel. This teaches them that even the most simple camera shot can contain various details and emotional layers.
Special thanks to Click It up a Notch and Digital Photography School for some of their suggestions. If you have any other ideas, post them in the comments section below!
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Last month our article was all about Introducing children to Photography. In our tech savvy world even our toddlers are getting to grips with using a camera. So we’ve put together ten ideas for getting children excited about photography and giving you some good ideas to use with the kids. Photography can be a great tool for learning, interacting and having fun with the world around us. Here’s our top ten.
Send your kids on a Photo Scavenger Hunt. Send them on an adventure to photograph as many things as possible beginning with a certain letter, how many things can you find that start with ‘M’ ?. Give them a list of things to go and find, or play photo bingo. The first person to photograph something beginning with a vowel wins. Make it a challenge, and be willing to play with them.
Get their creative minds working and into story writing mode. Get your children to take ten photos and then include the items, places or characters in a story. Or give them family photos and get them to write a story about what happened and when.
Start a Family journal or scrapbook and get your children to recount the events under each picture. If pictures say a thousand words get your children to write some of those words down.
One of the best way to enjoy photography with your children is to go through their pictures with them. Take the time to look at the pictures they’ve taken. Give them praise and positive feedback. If they’ve chopped off Auntie Sue’s head in an image then talk to them about how to improve their images next time.
Show your kids pictures you’ve taken and ask them for advice. It’ll make them feel like their opinion is valued.
Use Photography to help your little ones learn their colours and numbers. Set them a challenge to walk around the house and photograph objects that are all a certain colour or start with a certain letter. Can they find objects that start with the letters in their name?
Set up your own Gallery.
You know those 50 free prints you were given as an offer? Put them to use and print your children’s photography. Frame their images and let your children present them. They may surprise you with just how insightful their images can be.
Leave them up for a while and show them to family and friends who come round. Your children will feel like they’re really valued.
For older children, get them involved in taking self portraits. Set them off with a Project 52 challenge and get them to take a self portrait a week. It’ll help with them having a positive body image. Especially when you introduce them to step number 7 and they discover the delights of pic monkey.
There are tons of photo editing software programmes out there. Sites like Pic Monkey are superb, and most of their features are free. They’re simple to use and have some really fun editing features for kids. Their new facebook photos will be out of this world.
I know it’s hard, but when you go on a family trip let the kids take the photos. It might just get those grumpy teenagers involved a little bit more if they’re in charge of capturing the whole event.
Ever made a .gif? Google it. They’re hilarious! Will have your kids in stitches!
Try a long exposure with a sparkler or a torch. There’s a great explanation of just how to do it here.
Polaroid Cameras are so much fun. There’s something great about having an instant photograph.
Not the cheapest way to see your prints, but a fab way to get your children interested in photography.
If you’ve got any amazing ideas please feel free to add them in the comments below.