Friday, 4 April 2014

Photo Journaling For Kids

Children love to play photographer - from the colourful plastic Fisher Price cameras they gnaw and drool on as babies to Mom's old cell phone held out at chubby little arms' length with a sweetly garbled "say sheesh!" to their own child-safe first real camera. Children spend their early lives being paparazzied by mom and dad; it's only natural that they would want to turn the lens around to take their own shots of the world around them as they see it.

flowers, zoo, Toronto Zoo, photography
Beautiful - I can't believe my 9-year-old took this photo!

The early days of kids' photography result in a lot of shots of fingers and thumbs and mostly-obscured blurry impressions of part of Mom's feet or the sky or the corner of the coffee table. But as they get older and their hand-eye coordination gets better photography can become a wonderful hobby for children who are so inclined.




photography at the zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
This weekend, the first really warm, sunny weekend of spring weather this year, I went to the zoo with my boys. My eldest son wanted to take pictures of the animals and for the first time, instead of bringing his own neoprene-wrapped indestructible VTech KidiZoom camera or borrowing my Samsung whenever he wanted to snap a shot, I let him bring one of our extra cameras - a Canon PowerShot, a real, fancy, grown-up, breakable digital camera.

With strict instructions to keep the strap wrapped tightly around his wrist all day he was free to take as many photos as he liked of whatever he liked - and he did!

My son had so much fun following the animals with his lens and taking shot after shot at different angles and zooms. He spent the whole drive home going through the photos on the camera, picking and choosing his favourite shots and deleting the ones he didn't like. He downloaded them onto the computer and spent hours going over them, selecting the best of the best and organizing them into an album.

It was a whole new way of experiencing the zoo. It was a fun project for a creative, inquisitive, animal-loving little boy. And who knows - it may be the beginning of a wonderful hobby that could last him a lifetime.

Eldest Son's photo journal of an afternoon at the zoo:

Polar bear, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Polar Bear sunning himself (and shunning us!)
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White lions - basking in the sun
Tiger, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Sumatran Tiger
giraffes, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Masaii Giraffes
baby giraffe, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Baby Giraffe
baboons, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Baboons
baboons, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Baboons
red panda, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Red Panda
red panda, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Red Panda close-up
Indian rhinoceros, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
Indian Rhinoceros
zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
I don't even know what this is but it's a great shot of the ugliest creature I've ever seen
African Penguins, zoo, Toronto Zoo, animals, animal photography
African Penguins (my son's favourite!)
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Birds. Birds of some sort.
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Big fish. Swimming too quickly for the camera.

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2 comments:

  1. Cute idea! Your son is a very good photographer.

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