On the last day of school, summer seems to stretch out forever in front of us. But in reality those summer days can fly by and it seems especially important to capture those summer memories on our cameras.
June 29 is Camera Day (I have no idea who designates these things). But it seems appropriate to start the summer off thinking about how to capture those fleeting summer days.
If your kids are old enough to have control of a camera, teach them some basic skills to help them improve their pictures. This is a great article.
Read up on how to photograph in special circumstance. Hoping to catch the fireworks this weekend? Here’s a great article with some tips. And here’s another with information about how to catch the kids with sparklers.
IF you are considering buying a camera for your kids, here’s a great video on this to look for when purchasing a camera specifically for kids. If you have cameras you can share with your kids, or if they have their own, there are lots of fun photography projects you can do as a family:
~Create a list of commonly found objects and go on a photography scavenger hunt,
~ pick a colour and shoot items in that colour,
~ have your children document an ordinary day in their lives
~ investigate stop motion photography
There are other fun ideas for children’s photography projects in this article.
And the library has some great photography resources for parents and kids.
Click click click!: photography for children by George Sullivan.
Budding Shutterbugs will find much to explore in this colorful and wide-ranging introduction to photography. Illustrated throughout, the book covers everything from the difference between digital and film cameras to taking pictures of a favorite pet.
Photography by Beatrice Haverich.
Gives tips and advice for how to become an expert photographer, including how to choose a camera, picking points of interest, framing, using viewpoints, and other techniques. How do you choose the best camera for your style of photography? Why is image resolution important? What’s the best way to setup incredible sports shots? Filled with all the info you need to know, this Instant Expert guide will take you from picking the right camera to developing the creative and technical skills you can use.
Smile! by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Ian McCaughrean.
After surviving a plane crash in the jungle, Flash, a photographer, is taken to a remote village where his instant camera works magic for those who have never seen a photo.
Pictures from our vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins.
Given a camera that takes and prints tiny pictures just before leaving for the family farm in Canada, a young girl records a vacation that gets off to a slow start, but winds up being a family reunion filled with good memories.
Beyond snapshots : how to turn your DSLR off “auto” and photograph life like a pro by Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey with Tara Austen Weaver.
Ready to Capture Your Story with Beautiful Photos? Let professional photographers Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey show you how to use that fancy DSLR to photograph the story of your life, from falling in love and having a baby, to the everyday moments that are no less precious. You’ll learn: Common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them How to take portraits of your children, friends, pets-even yourself How to capture light to make your photos more dramatic How to make colors pop, eyes sparkle, and skin tones more realistic How to capture the uniqueness and wonder of your family, friends, and world After all, why trust your memories to regular snapshots when with just a little knowledge, you can create beautiful photographs? Be inspired to see the beauty around you, every day.