Archive for February, 2010

Photo Tip #3 Think like a Child.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I guess I should start by saying that I don’t exactly know how to teach you this or even learn it myself.  We (as adults) have been so programmed to see photos in perfect centered rectangles. ….we maintain personal space….  we see what is in front of us…. and sometimes not even that.

I had the great inspirational pleasure to work with my daughter’s preschool/kindergarden class on a class auction project.  I gave children ages 3-6 my Canon Powershot and with only minor operating directions, sent them out on the school grounds to see what they would photograph.  I was completely inspired and a little envious of the beautiful images they returned with.  Many times while viewing them I caught myself saying “Why can’t I do that?”

I think I have the answer.  Many of us that are artists or want to be better creatively have to fight things we have been taught to see things differently.  Children are perfectly uninhibited and frankly not RUINED by what is right and good and proper for art.  They notice and appreciate things we take for granted.  They also do not have “space issues” or want to be perfect. ALAS!!!! ART!!!!

The next 8 photos were taken by children 6 and under.  My advice from viewing their photos #1. Get close  #2. Look around  #3. don’t worry about always centering things.  #4 take an uncomfortable angle

Enjoy these.  I hope they inspire you too.

The kids were allowed to take 5 photos.  This child took 2 and said Im done.  I told him he could take 3 more and he said No thanks, Im done.  I realized why.......this one was amazing.

The kids were allowed to take 5 photos. This child took 2 and said "I'm done." I told him he could take 3 more and he said "No thanks, I'm done". I realized why.......this one was amazing. Age 6

This little girl went up close to a bird bath full of yellow stagnant water.  Beautiful.

This little girl went up close to a bird bath full of yellow stagnant water. Beautiful. Age 6.

This looks professional to me.  It captures the essence of a very lonely swing.

This looks professional to me. It captures the essence of a very lonely swing. Age 5.

Another up close shot of the rivet on an old blue plastic chair.

Another up close shot of the rivet on an old blue plastic chair. Age 4.

Age 4.

Age 4.

I love the angle of this hopscotch and ball.

I love the angle of this hopscotch and ball. Age 4.

This little girl got 3 distinct textures.  Age 5.

This little girl got 3 distinct textures. Age 5.

Up close of water on the slide.  AGE 3!!

Up close of water on the slide. AGE 3!!