Exploring photography with your children will create a lasting interest in art. These free resources about photography and famous photographers will build skills interest in both younger and older kids.
Introducing photography to children at a young age is a perfect route to take if you aren’t really an artsy mom. I have to admittedly say that out loud – I am not artistically inclined.
That is why, I am very grateful that my friend chose to give my kids a camera a few years ago. We have embraced photography and music into our homeschool because I started homeschooling when my kids were a little older.
My kids were both over 6 years old when I started homeschooling. So thankfully, I didn’t have to do many crafts – other than crafts my kids were able to do on their own.
If you have little ones, I have you covered as well. No worries. Check out this GIANT List of Easy and Independent Crafts for Kids.
However, for now, exploring photography is where we will keep our focus.
If you don’t know where to start, the resources below will help you begin using photography in your homeschool:
Learning Photography in Your Homeschool for FREE | FREE Homeschool Deals
There is something about photography that allows my kids to want to get the best shot. I think it may be the idea that they can capture a moment in time. They can take life, and capture its beauty.
They have such a sense of pride when discovering that they have taken a photo others think is beautiful.
Here are a few tips from research online that has helped my kids along the way (they are still working on their skills, but the more they practice the better they get):
1. Take as many photos as possible.
The more photos your children take, the more they are triggered to appreciate the world around them. They tend to see the beauty in things when before they may not have even noticed.
2. Keep it fun.
Making photography more of a hobby and less of a task or assignment can make all the difference. It isn’t about us critiquing, but about them improving.
Play photography games and give some challenges that your student can do independently. It will build their confidence and eagerness to explore the world more.
3. Ownership means motivation.
Try to get your children their own cameras. After a while, our friend thankfully gave my daughter her own camera. My kids were able to take their own camera wherever they wanted to, instead of fight over who would use the camera.
If it is within your budget, get your kids their own camera. If not, then a simple camera schedule will do.
4. Make sure your kids understand how to hold the camera and why.
I asked my friend who is experienced in photography to show my kids how to hold it properly. The way artists hold cameras is super important to get the shots they are looking for.
How to hold the camera and holding it steady can make a huge difference in how a photo turns out.
5. Life is busy, teach your kids to see.
Yes, I said, “see.” Point out objects in Creation and around everyday life so kids stop to see the beauty of things around them.
During walks, car rides, and even around the house, train your child’s eyes to see what God created them for – to see His glory all around.
6. Photography is not just taking photos.
It takes many things to get a good shot. Your kids will need to select their own topics, use different angles, learn about the background, and even edit the photos. Use the resources below to teach kids all about photography.
Explore these free resources about photography for kids:
Outdoor Photo FREE Scavenger Hunt | KCEdventures
15 Photography Lessons for Kids | PhotoWorkout
FREE Printables Photo Scavenger Hunt | Wondermom Wannabe
Playful Photography Activity for Kids | Playtivities
Photo Challenge Game For Kids | Playtivities
Color Scavenger Hunt For Little Photographers | What Do We Do All Day?
31 Day Photo Challenge for Kids | Growing Nimble Families
15 Photography Projects for Kids | At Home with Kids
Photography for Kids: Activities by Age | Click it up a Notch
FREE A Photography Mini Lesson For Kids | Blessed Learners
Photography for Kids – Awesome Ideas to Teach Kids | Carrots are Orange
10 BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR KIDS | Cookies & Clogs
Photography with Kids: Make A Close-Up Photo Book | Hello, Wonderful
23 Photography Ideas for Kids | Red Ted Art
11 Photography Tips For Kids |KidsActivities
6 Fun Photography Lessons for Children | Magazine Mama
11 Photo Projects Kids Can Do | KidsActivities
FREE 5 Day Kids Photography Challenge | Click Love Grow
Photography Courses for Kids and Beginners and Learning About Photography | Homeschool Group Hug
How to Create Rainbows in Your Photos | Click Love Grow
FREE Photography Guide and Cheat Sheet | Capture Your Days
The ABCs of Photography – An Educational Series for Kids (FREE PDF GDrive) | Betsy’s Photography
Encourage Creative Thinking Through Photography (FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt) | Intentional Summer
Explore these free resources about photography for older kids and teens:
FREE Masterclass Online Class for Photographers! | Audrey Ann Photo
Creativity Exercise: Produce a Photo Series | Audrey Ann Photo
Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt | The Art of Education
FREE ‘One Ingredient Fix’ photo mini-class | Bounce Back Parenting
52 Week Photography Challenge (FREE) | Cozy Clicks
FREE Photography for Beginners Book | Golden Slumbers Photos
Online Tools for Photography | The Ultimate Radio Show
FREE Photography Tutorials – Here’s our Best 20! | Digital Photography School
Common Photography Terms for Beginner Photographers | Bessie Young Photography
FREE Printable Photography Cheat Sheets | Katie the Creative Lady
History of Photography Timeline FREE Worksheet | Education.com
FREE App: Learn Photo Editing with KidZania | iGameMom
10 photo projects for ANYONE with ANY camera- FREE eBook | Embrace the Perfect Mess
Learn to Take Amazing Photos with Your DSLR (FREE Class) | At Home with Kids
FREE Photography e-Books | Photo and Tips
7 FREE Photography Cheat Sheets! | Lightroom Presets
FREE eBook – The Street Photography Guide | Photo and Tips
23 FREE Books About Photography | BeArt Presets
FREE Digital Photography School Membership | Digital Photography School
There are other topics to checkout as you are exploring photography in your homeschool:
Photography: Ultimate Homeschool Resource List | Encouraging Moms at Home
FREE Guide How to Teach Photography to Kids | MagazineMama
7 Questions to Ask Yourself when Buying a New Camera | At Home with Kids
How to Organize Your Digital Photos in 1-2-3 | Erin Wolczik
40 FREE Tutorials for Lightroom | Two Blooms
How To Hold A Camera Correctly For Sharp Photos | The Lens Lounge
How To Start A Photography Website (Today) – FREE Guide | Enjoy Your Photography
Best FREE Cloud Storage for Photos & Presets | Pretty Preset and Actions
Food Photography 101 FREE Course | Mindful-Avocado
FREE Order Forms For Photographers (Print & Go Organization Sheets For Photographers) | BP4U Photographer Resources
Photography Cheat Sheet and Quick Start Guide for Beginners FREE PDF | Capture Your Days
The resources below will help you explore famous photographers in your homeschool:
25 Famous Photographers in History | Digital Photo Mentor
Learn from these 30 Famous Photographers | Photo Workout
Famous Photographers: 225 tips to inspire you | Techradar
50 Photography Quotes to Inspire | PetaPixal
Encourage your children to express themselves and even tell a story with their shots. Avoid being negative, and rather provide input on improving their technique. It will do wonders for your child’s confidence.
Even at a very young age, kids can start learning all about photography. The best thing about photography is that kids can capture God’s Creation all around. It is a skill they can take with them all their lives.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!