Cant believe we are over halfway through the school holidays! How are things going, are you managing to keep the children occupied? I thought I would share a few ideas in this blog on how you can keep them busy with a digital/phone camera.
I’m sat writing this in our little holiday home in southern Spain, and for those of you that know Georgie dog you will be pleased to know she is here with us. We drove down just for her! She has settled in well and is great fun to watch in her new environment.
As you can guess I’ve been taking the odd photo or two. Have you? My trusty partner is always firmly at my side and I don’t mean Georgie, I mean my iPhone. Being able to catch a picture in a second is fab and being able to edit it on the spot and get it on my social media sites is crazy!
So, do your children have a digital camera of some kind that they can take pics with? If not, have you an old phone hanging about that they can use as a camera?
You know, while searching for these little challenges your children will probably take more photos of you than you have ever had before and add a whole new dynamic to your holiday snaps. Its funny seeing what they come up with, I used to find it hilarious seeing the photos that my boys took on my phone when they were younger.
Remember how we used to have to wait for our photos to be developed over 2 day or more before we could see them? It was always exciting to get them back, but there was often disappointment that 15 out of 24 were utterly useless. Now, we can all take as many as we like, see what we have taken, re-take if necessary, edit and add crazy effects with all the apps that are around. Anyway, back to the blog and my ideas.
12 IDEAS FOR SOME CAMERA FUN
Designed to keep little eyes busy, get them outdoors, give them a challenge and have some fun. Some ideas are simpler that others as I wanted them to work for really little ones too.
1. Pick a colour or shape and take a picture of anything that has that colour or shape in it, see who can get the most photos.
2. Look for natural shadows or make your own. If you are outside then the shadows will be really long first thing in the morning or last thing. If you are indoors then use a torch to make the shadows.
3. Look for things that look like letters of the alphabet, or make the letters yourself out of twigs, buttons, stones, feathers .. anything. Try to spell your name maybe.
4. Look for things that you can see reflections in and take a picture of you in the reflection. It might be in someones sunglasses, a window, car, puddle, shiny shoes or piece of metal, keep looking.
5. Take a photo of something really close up and then ask your friends to try and guess what you took a photo of. If they cant guess after a little while you might have to give them some clues!
6. Blow bubbles, or get someone else to, and then take pictures of your friends trying to catch them.
7. Find some sweets wrapped in clear coloured wrappers, when you have eaten the sweets put the sweet wrappers over the lens of your camera and see how they change the way your photo looks.
8. Put some fun shoes on, look down and take photos of all the different floors you walk across – keep looking up though, don’t go bumping into anything!
9. Take fun photos of your family and friends, catch them laughing, chatting and being silly.
10. Look for patterns in everything you look at. In the fabric of a dress, on a plate or bottle, in a shadow or on a book, on a bus or a cake. Maybe make your own pattern with pen and paper, or maybe in sand or with beads, little stones or blowing paint.
11. Look for things to ‘look through’ and take a picture. It might be a hole in the wall, a gap in a fence, a ring of a chain or a handle of a glass.
12. Take photos of all the pretty things you see!
I would love to see some of the photos your little lovelies take, any posted on my Facebook page would be great to see. If you like the idea of going on a photowalk after the holidays read a little more here https://jmhphotostories.com/what-i-do/
Happy holidays and happy snapping!