Kids these days hone their photography skills on tablets and other devices but a DSLR can still be too technical for younger children. Pressing the button on a camera while it’s in auto mode seems like it would be easy and though it probably is, children don’t really grasp the importance of capturing a moment until they’re at least 8. Kids are found to be creative by the age of one. Especially if they come from creative parents. Though this an encourage you to start your child on creative hobbies early, they still need time to develop and figure out what they like and don’t like. 8 is the best age to learn photography because by this time, they have become interested in what’s going on in the world. They want to explore and see more than just their friends and family and their home. Photography gives them the perfect chance to explore the world around them and to learn how to capture it effectively.
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Some Things Required to Operate a DSLR:
–Physical strength.the child must be physically big enough to be hold a DSLR. They are heavier than a point and shoot but are the best thing to learn on.
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-Basic mental math. Basic understanding of numbers as photography has some numerical concepts such as shutter speed and the rule of thirds that may be hard to grasp without some math background.
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-Focus. I don’t just mean the ability to get the camera to focus but the ability to concentrate on following proper photography protocol and following through long enough to get the right shot.
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–Ability to be cautious around expensive equipment. Your child needs to be old enough to recognize the value of a DSLR and should attempt to be careful with it. They need to not see it as a toy but as a tool that they treat with respect and put away properly.