There was no school in our area last Thursday, so we took the opportunity to host a little photography hike.

Amy likes to hide weird and silly things for kids to find during our Adventure Guide Photo hikes. Often it is a little gnome, but today it as a colorful flying pig (made of metal and stolen from her in-laws backyard, not a real flying pig,silly).  We headed out for an exciting hour of photography… a bit windy but otherwise a great day for an adventure.

Everyone had a list of pictures and activities they needed to do on our scavenger hunt trail hike… including finding a flying pig! We had kids of different ages with all sorts of cameras come out to the lake to learn a little bit about photography, take some fun pictures, and enjoy the outdoors.

We don’t require kids come with a “real” camera. For some, a big camera would get in the way of learning about photography (that is kind of crazy we know!) It is almost too complex. Smartphones and iPods are the new Polaroid. Easy to take a picture and easy to enjoy. There aren’t any fancy menus or settings, just press a button. As kids get older and ready to jump more into learning photography we teach them about camera settings, lenses, and terms. But in the beginning it is all about light and composition, so any kind of camera will do. In fact, the simpler the better.

If you are thinking about purchasing a camera for a child buy a used DSLR. Even consider buying a manually focusing lens. This will help them slow down and really concentrate on what they are doing. This pause before the click of the shutter is often were creativity is seen.

I love the quote “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange

Teaching photography, especially to kids, is such a joy and an inspiration to us! Something about seeing through their eyes, and teaching them to be still and observe creation causes me to do the same. In the near future we will have “Photography Adventure Guides” available in our store, so no matter where you live, you can use the guide to learn and have your own adventures! More on that soon!!

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How fun was this perspective challenge? They all loved making someone “stand” in someone’s hand!

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