Most children love being outdoors. Learning to take photos will help them improve focus, explore their natural surroundings and see the world in a new perspective
By Jayanth Sharma
In the past decade, photography has emerged as one of the most popular activities enjoyed by a wide range of people. Be it pursuing photography as a hobby or building a full-fledged career as a photographer, the allure of the camera’s lens manages to attract people from all walks of life. Most people tend to take up photography as a hobby during their teenage years. But these days, children are equally interested in learning the nuances of this art form. It is amazing how imaginative children get when they are equipped with a camera and the knowledge to operate it. In addition, while they may be too young to fully grasp every feature of a camera, they can still familiarise themselves with it because they are more receptive to learning. On World Photography Day, we give you some pointers to help children take nature photos.
Taking up photography as a hobby can help in improving the focus of young kids, as it teaches them to fully grasp what they are doing, in order to achieve the perfect shot. Many industry experts also believe that introducing hobbies such as photography into a child’s learning curriculum can further boost their overall interest in studies as well as other extracurricular activities.
In short, it becomes easier for children to pick up the technical nuances of photography than most adults, and also becomes the perfect way for children to explore their surroundings and look at the world, especially the outdoors or nature, in a new perspective.
There are several benefits that come with encouraging children to take a genuine interest in outdoor/nature photography. Here is how parents and guardians can help children grasp the basic nuances of this type of photography:
With all this and more, encouraging children to take up photography as a hobby can certainly help in making them creative, confident, and socially aware adults in future.
Every year, World Photography Day is celebrated on 19 August and on this day, individuals from all walks of life share each other’s world through the means of photography.
The day originated following the invention of the Daguerreotype, the first photography process that was publicly available and was created by French inventors Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce back in 1837.
A couple of years later, on 9 January 1839, the French Academy of Sciences officially announced the invention, which subsequently led to the French government purchasing the patent for the process, declaring it as a ‘gift free to the world’ on 19 August 1839.
The author is Co-founder and CEO at Toehold, a photography and travel organisation.
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