Last Friday I was fortunate enough to be able to help Chief Explorers Graham and Margaret run a photography based session for the Maylands Salvos' Explorers group. The group, one of several involved with Nature Play WA, aims to get young kids and their parents outside so that they can explore nature.

This particular session saw Margaret open with a few games before I stood up in front of the kids and tried to explain some things about photography. After stumbling over a few tips the kids might understand, we went wild taking shots around the park. This was the part the kids enjoyed the most, and it was good to see that they can have fun taking photos (even if it is twenty photos of the ground, as in one case). It was only after seeing this kid take one photo after another of the earth that I realised I forgot one important piece of advice - don't to take too many pictures.

All in all it was a good afternoon and I hope that maybe the kids learnt some stuff about photography. And if they didn't I've written a few tips at the end of this post they and their parents might find useful.

Hopefully some of those tips are evident in my photos...

If you're taking photos of children, try to get down to their eye level

Kids + action = great fun, great photos.

The obstacle course proved no match for the energy of a dozen kids.

Generally try to shoot in landscape (especially videos!), although I could've gone portrait here.

Black and white can work too.

Looking for that killer shot....of the ground.

Trees were made for climbing.

The end of a rolley-polley.

I like that tree. That is a nice tree.

The final game before packing up - trying to build a tower.

Some general tips:

  • When using your phone, don't zoom since it's only cropping the image. You can always crop later.
  • Don't use the flash unless you desperately need it.
  • Shoot in landscape 85.67% of the time.
  • Make sure the horizon in your photo stays straight. Crooked horizons are disturbing.
  • If you're taking pictures of a child, get down to their level.
  • Think & move around your subject(s) before you take the picture.
  • Take less pictures, especially of the same thing. It's better to take one good shot that twenty that fill up your storage.
  • Print your images. Ink > Electronic displays.

I hope some of those tips come in handy and that everyone enjoyed the afternoon at explorers. If you'd like to know more about Nature Play groups, check out their Facebook here:


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