Growing up, I had plenty of opportunities to try my hand at drawing and painting. And still today, most children have access to a steady supply of crayons and paint brushes, and a forest of trees. However, in my childhood, access to a camera was an adult-only privilege. While cameras remain expensive, of course, it’s easier for children to experiment with photography as an art using a cheaper entry-level camera or using the camera off a mobile device. And, whereas film photography made it near impossible for beginners to “point and shoot” willy-nilly, digital photography gives children the chance to discover the sublime joy of photography.
Marc Riboud said, “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” There is much to savour in life, and capturing memories—whether it’s of people at special moments or various stages of life, or unique places one grew up in or visited—helps us to do so. Having a camera on-hand or nearby, especially one appropriate for your child to operate, helps us treasure the many flavours of life that come our way. As Eudora Welty quipped, “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
Tips to Capture the Joy of Photography
1. Use a situation or age-appropriate camera.
While this is self-explanatory, a camera that is too ‘precious’ to be on-hand defeats the point.
2. Aim for casual, imperfect images.
The idea is to have fun and unwrap the joy of photography not create master pieces. (Not yet anyway). Puncturing the moment by forcing people to pose perfectly and smile “cheesily” each time is a sure way to ruin the moment.
3. Keep an accessible record of the images.
Whether you simply keep the digital images in a file on your computer, or edit a selection of them, or print out a few for a hard-copy photo album, make sure you have a way of reviewing them. After all, they are memories to relive and moments to cherish.
I hope those pointers help you and that capturing the joy of photography is now a little more possible. Photography is an absolute joy for me. I invite you to head over to view some of my work, return to the home page or visit my Facebook page here.