My Child's First Camera + Photo Tips to Teach Them
If you have been subscribed to my blog for awhile, you know that I'm passionate about photography. I have been a long time fan of Courtney from Click It Up A Notch, who is a mother and blogger and loves photography just as much as I do. She has great tips and contributors (photographers) who have been extremely helpful in my photography journey.One of her posts was called Photography for Kids: Activities They Can Do! and I absolutely loved it! I have a little one who is at the precious age of curiosity and being a big ball of energy. At 2 years old, she loves when mommy has her camera and she pretends to take photos all the time with my DSLR camera. After I saw this post, I felt it was only natural to get my daughter her first camera.
After viewing several cameras on the internet for kids, I found this VTech Kidizoom Camera to be the the right fit for my little toddler. It was the perfect size for her. My reasoning behind purchasing this toddler camera, as my child's first camera, was that it was inexpensive, durable and had a variety of options compared to the other cameras available for children. It was also featured on Click It Up A Notch and I loved the look of it.
Here are the online specs if you're interested in purchasing:
- Real 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, with 3 included games
- 128 MB internal memory stores up to 1000 photos, micro SD card slot for memory expansion
- Take photos with funny stamps, borders, or silly photo effects
- Video recording with sound, also voice recorder
- PC and Mac compatible in mass storage mode--connect to your computer to store and send photos; USB cable included
My daughter absolutely loves this camera. We had it for about 6 months before we needed to change the batteries, but it is a great little first camera for her. The pixels are low for this camera and we've realized it takes better photos outdoors, but for a 2 year old who doesn't care about pixels it's just fine. We have tried video with it as well and the sound quality is pretty good. The shutter button is easy for her to use and press down. She knows how to turn it on and off. We couldn't have found a better camera than this VTech Kidizoom Camera.
On our first go 'round with the camera, I let her take photos of whatever she wanted inside of the house. I told her that she could take pictures of her dad and I. I also told her that she could take pictures of her toys and whatever else she wanted too. We then got a chance to take the camera outside, and she really explored. She took photos of the trees, bushes, and flowers. It was so much watching her explore and get excited about taking photos of the things she liked.
As you can see from the indoor photos, they are dark and there is blurriness from her moving and shaking the camera as she takes her photos. She has so much creativity already. She has far away shots, close ups, abstract and even food photography in her first collection of photos lol : )
The outdoors photos were even better because of the sunlight which helped to brighten the pictures up. I took the last two on the first row of the photo gallery above, just to see what they camera could do in steady hands and was very impressed. She took the rest of the photos and I couldn't be more proud of her. She took her first landscape photos of the sky, flowers and trees. She's pretty awesome with her first camera now and I look forward to seeing her learn more.
My (toddler) photo tips for your child's first camera would be...
- Teach them to photograph colors and shapes
- Teach them to photograph toys and things they love
- Teach them about being patient with their camera
- Teach them about being still with the camera to make sure they get the picture (literally)
- And to never get it wet :)
I took a couple of pointers from the Photography for Kids: Activities They Can Do! blog post, and one of her suggestions was to create a blog post of your child's pictures and you have the choice to make it private to share with family and friends. I'm also looking forward to creating a story book and photo album from the pictures she's taken. I shared some of the photos that we've taken with the camera, but I did create a private blog for her, and as she grows and continues to use her first camera, we can all share the pictures and look back on all of the memories created from them.I encourage you to take photos of your little one and the camera while they are shooting. It's going to be so memorable to be able to look back and have her see herself and the pictures she took.
Have you ever tried to let your kids take photos? If not, do you think you would try it now?