It would be ideal to first get some hands-on experience at home or close to home. If you have indoor plants or shrubs and trees in your backyard, it would be a great idea to get your child started with capturing photographs of these. The macro setting on the mode dial will be an excellent option to capture the leaves in a size, larger than life.
If you spot any bugs on the leaves of these plants, your child will be enthralled to capture the fine details of their color, shape, and size. If you have watered the plants, and there are residual water droplets on the leaves, you can teach your child to capture this. Your child will find it interesting to see the reflection of the camera on the water droplets, as macro setting magnifies these details.
Listed below are a few places in Santa Monica, where your child will find it ideal to hone their photography skills.
Being an admission-free amusement park, this place is ideal as it is light on the pocket. There are many rides in the amusement park. It will be an interesting opportunity for your child to learn you capture photographs of various rides, while they are in motion. You can teach your child how to adjust the shutter speed so as to get a sharp shot. If the mode dial on your camera offers a sports setting, you may want to teach your child to experiment with this setting as it increases the shutter speed automatically, thereby freezing the action captured in the frame.
Palisades Park is another admission free location where your child can learn photography. Surrounded by scenic beauty and a large variety of trees, your child will not only learn photography but also learn to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Tongva Park is another green space in Santa Monica. There are many metal sculptures and local flora in the premise. It is a nicely designed place and offers an excellent view of the Santa Monica Pier. Your child will enjoy clicking photographs of the fountain, uniquely shapes arches and enclosures.
This museum’s collection boasts of aviation art, exhibits and artifacts. Children are always fascinated by airplanes and aircraft. Your child will thoroughly enjoy the experience of clicking photographs here. It would be a great idea to purchase tickets online, rather than in person as this way you are not only sure about securing a ticket but purchasing the ticket online is cheaper than purchasing it in person.
This beach runs the entire length of the city of Santa Monica. Your child will enjoy clicking photographs of the ocean waves, the sunset and the people on the beach. Though it is likely that your child would feel enthusiastic about going closer to the waves in order to capture a better shot, it is advisable to ask them to refrain from doing so as a sudden big wave may damage the camera.
Learning photography at a young age will help them document their life. As they grow old, they will have fond memories to look on and cherish. Learning a creative skill boosts a child’s confidence. If your child is through with the basics of photography at a young age, with the right guidance they can even take it up as a fulfilling career option. Spending time with your child teaching them photography, will make it an interactive activity and will improve your bond with your child.
About the Author:
Dan Barr is a photographer, a parent to two girls, and the founder of KidsCameraGuide.com, a blog which is all about teaching photography to kids and kids cameras. You can visit Dan at his website www.kidscameraguide.com