Photography and its benefits for child development

We live in a time where photos are becoming an increasingly used and preferred means of communication. Each of us has a phone, captures a moment and shares it. We communicate through images and pictures. It's easy. But with a phone it's one thing, with a camera – completely different. The child is already used to everyone around him taking pictures with their phones, but when you let him use a camera, you already trust him more responsible task.

Give your child a camera and you'll be amazed at what they're capable of.

Set him tasks – for example "Find and photograph something beautiful that has a red color", "Photograph something big", "...something small", "...something that impresses you". By searching for images to capture, the child develops his own observation and sensitivity to detail. It starts to builds his own vision of the world and this is easily seen in his photos.

Children are not burdened with the knowledge, skills, understanding of aesthetics that adults carry, and most importantly, they are not afraid of failure. They shoot with ease and are really good at it. And when they get used to the process, they naturally start to complicate the goals they set for themselves and develop their imagination and creativity. Don't be surprised if tomorrow you see a picture of a pyramid of your glasses at home or a small toy city created in one of your pots. It is the experimenter's natural path.

Photography comes to the aid of the parent and with one more thing – it helps children to concentrate. By setting specific tasks in an interesting way, you will very easily attract your child's attention. It will in turn focus on good performance and bringing the task to a successful conclusion – a skill that even adults are still perfecting. The great thing about photography today is that there are countless attempts. So kids want more and more because it happens fast, they can make mistakes, but they can also try again.

The more they try, the more they get strengthens their desire to learn the secrets of photography. At this stage, it's time to start understanding what aperture, speed, ISO, white balance, proper exposure metering, and more are. The technical side of photography is strongly related to fundamentals of sciences such as physics, chemistry, mathematics. Thus, they can be taught to him in a way that is pleasant for the child important knowledge, which he will face repeatedly, both in his studies and in life.

Photography is also a good opportunity to show your child how the computer can be used for various purposes, from games to surfing the Internet. By processing his photos, the child will acquire and computer skills, which he will need in the future.

And last but not least, photography is a wonderful way of self-expression, both for the more reserved children, so too for those who are not afraid to state their position and direct the world around them.

 

Author: Gergana Dinekova - teacher in Photography course in Fusion Academy for children aged 8-14.

 

 

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