If I gave you a camera and asked you to take a photo of a fruit or vegetable, what would you shoot? A bunch of celery? An apple? How about the cauliflower in our photo? Did you even know that’s what it was?
That’s right. The above photo is a piece of cauliflower! How we took that photo is the subject of today’s post, and explains the very real benefits of teaching photography to your children.
Keep reading to find out more.
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Just like we wrote in ‘How to teach your kids to brush their teeth‘, being a parent is not a passive pastime where you just sit idly by, and watch your little munchkins miraculously turn into adults overnight. It requires quality input from you every day.
You need to be there for them, with them, and be a very active participant in their daily lives. And that might involve throwing a ball, helping them make dinner, or teaching any number of valuable skills they will be able to use throughout their lifetime.
And in those range of skills, we are of course including the wonderful hobby / possible career / maybe business of photography that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their life.
So, back to the above photo, How did we do it, and why was it of benefit to the little ones to assist us and see in person how it was done? Let’s explore each in turn.
We bought half a cauliflower from our local supermarket and using a sharp knife, we cut/gouged out most of the inside (working from the flat side inwards), leaving just an outer shell. We were very careful not to cut too close to the outer side that we wanted to photograph.
Once we had the cut-out cauli the way we wanted it, we took it into a back bedroom where we could close the blinds and create a dark room. We placed an off-camera speedlight (flash) on its stand on a low plastic table and leaned the cauli next to the speedlight, using it for support.
We aimed the head of the speedlight into the cut-out cauli so the flash would shine through the vegetable when it fired.
We then put our macro 60mm lens on our camera (an entry-level Canon 650D) which was placed on a tripod for stability, and the camera timer was set to 10 seconds. The end of the lens was just a few inches from the cauli and the lights were turned off.
A small torch was used to allow us to focus on the cauli and then we switched the camera to manual focus, ISO 800, f16, and spot metering. We tested a few shots with minimal light from the flash as well as adjusting the power of the speedlight eventually to full power.
Once we had what we wanted, the torch was turned off and we took our shot. It was awesome – the flash was strong enough to shine through the cauliflower, lighting the outside nicely. We spent a little time adjusting the position of the speedlight and the cauli until we were happy with the end result.
What do you think? Many have commented that it looks more like a nuclear explosion than a boring old veggie. Not bad eh!
If you have ever wondered how you would teach photography to beginners, you should practice with a 5-year-old! They have some of the most fertile and inquisitive minds I have ever known. They want to know everything.
And they want to know it now!
It is a great way to start teaching photography basics as you find yourself showing them what equipment you use, what fits with what, how to set it all up, why you do it the way you do, and what if, what if, what if!
And we find no matter their age, kids are like sponges, where they just suck the information out of you, even stuff you had forgotten about, or didn’t know you knew.
It is only as you spend time with them, that you realise the very real benefits of teaching a skill like this to young children.
Some of the obvious benefits include:
- our kids are growing up in a digital world in a way that we never experienced. Almost from the time they are born, they are accustomed to smartphones, tablets, computer games and ‘selfies.’ Use that exposure for something that will benefit them later on. Impart skills that will have them asking questions all their life.
- young children are naturally creative, but as they age they tend to put that aside, while the left side of their brain focuses on all their schooling requirements. Photography is a great way to keep their creative juices flowing throughout their life.
- through the power of technology, we can now share photos, videos, resumes, spreadsheets, and almost anything from our electronic devices over the internet. With every year that passes, we are seeing more and more people on the Internet, learning new programs and downloading better apps. We are also seeing lots of people give up and go ‘off-grid’ as the amount of technology becomes too great. By teaching photography early, you are instilling a love of learning into their minds and encouraging them to keep up to date.
- photography is a skill which some incorrectly think is a loner hobby. The reality is quite the opposite as you need to be talking to models, lighting crews, technicians, as well as friends and colleagues in the same industry. Learning their craft well will give them a lifetime of close contacts and the ability to relate to others.
- it improves their literacy and numeracy skills as they are constantly writing out proposals, planning and costing shoots, and figuring out the maths involved in angles and power requirements. They will use these skills in many other school subjects and occupations.
- best of all, it is a lot of fun, and a great way to spend time with your children and grandchildren!
If you enjoyed today’s post ‘Why you should be teaching photography to your children‘, why not also check out ‘Why you need to turn the TV off and spend time with your kids!‘ And don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, so we can keep you updated in the future with more great posts.
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Christine and Trevor
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