Experimenting with Shutter Speed | No. 7 in a Kids’ Photography Series

  My sons have been shooting in Aperture Priority for several months and have developed a solid understanding of the relationship between aperture and depth of field.   However, they were frustrated when they tried to capture anything in motion, so I knew it was time to introduce them to the mode Shutter Priority. Shutter Priority allows them to investigate the connection between shutter...
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Isolate the Subject | No. 6 in a Kids’ Photography Series

  Over the past five months, my boys have been working diligently on their own 365 project. Since we studied the concepts of aperture, depth of field,and the rule of thirds, I thought it was time to challenge the boys with the prompt, “Isolate the Subject”. Right away, my seven and eight year-old boys asked, “Uhh, what does ‘isolate’ mean?” My quick answer about drawing the viewer’s...
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Increasing Depth of Field | No. 5 in a Kids’ 365 Series

For the past two weeks, my boys have been repeating the Depth of Field exercise from my last post.   Since the first exercise was designed with a small DOF, each one eventually came to the same conclusion, “How do we increase the DOF?”   This week’s exercise explores the connection between DOF and aperture.   Depth of Field Exercise No. 2   Supplies: Yardstick, 4-5 similar size...
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Introducing Depth of Field | No. 4 Kid’s 365 Series

  After watching my boys apply the Rule of Thirds, I realized they were only viewing their frame in terms of left-to-right.   When they photographed their subject in a light box, this approach worked well, but when they shot elsewhere, they needed to consider more in their composition.   Another way to guide them to see more in their frame is to teach them about Depth of Field....
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Teaching Rule of Thirds to Children | No. 3 in a Kids 365 Series

  Children often compose their picture by placing their subject smack-dab in the center of the frame.  An easy step to help children improve their composition of pictures is introducing them to the Rule of Thirds. While working with my children on applying this concept, I realized how difficult it can be for a child to divide the frame without any visual aide.  My oldest son, age 11, easily...
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Setting Your Child Photographer Free | No. 2 in a Kids 365 Series

  For me, the hardest part of having my sons participate in a 365 project is knowing when to be involved with their project and when to step back.   As with most areas of our children’s lives, balancing my instruction of their photography skills while allowing them independence in the details of their project can be difficult.  Here are few things I’ve learned with my sons.   Ask...
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5 Considerations For Structuring Your Child’s 365 Project | No. 1 In Kids 365 Series

  5 Considerations for Structuring Your Child’s 365 Project After watching me participate in CY365 last year, my three older boys, ages 11, 8, and 6, expressed an interested in taking their own pictures and completing their own CY365 project. As I struggled through a few weeks of hundreds of pictures to delete or edit, strange pictures that no one recognized, and questions such as, “why...
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