Digitization is the biggest advance in the history of photography. While some seasoned photographers may still be wary of the filmless technique, unbiased children have easily found their way into the digital world. Children are excited by the instant gratification of capturing an image and immediately seeing the result.
With today’s digital cameras, what used to be an expensive and disappointing process is now as easy as pie. Enthusiastic and confident children are able to handle digital cameras with remarkable skill. The instant feedback motivates them to continue exploring, and soon they are able to create small masterpieces full of inspiration and fantasy.
Photography for Kids introduces children between the ages of 8 and 14 to the world of photography. Technical concepts—like how a digital camera actually works—are explained in a way that is easy for children to understand. The book emphasizes creativity and presents techniques for capturing exciting images.
About the Authors
Michael Ebert is a photographer who teaches photojournalism at the university in Magdeburg, Germany. He formerly worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer. He also prepares exhibits of famous photographers and has already written extensively about photography.
Sandra Abend studied art history. She also focused on photography and wrote her dissertation on the photographs of Jeff Wall. She directs the Kinderartothek of the Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum in Hilden, Germany and teaches at the University of Duesseldorf.
Sandra Abend and Michael Ebert have been running photography workshops for children for a number of years.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My daughter absolutely loves taking pictures, and they don’t always turn out the way she would like them to. She understands the basics of our digital cameras, but she gets easily disappointed when things don’t turn out right. While she has not read this book yet, I have read it and recommend it highly. I plan to share some of the ideas with her at a later time.
I appreciated the easy way this book was written. Any child who is old enough to truly take pictures and read would have no problem comprehending the simple tips. The authors give a vast amount of examples to illustrate their points, and they give several viable recommendations. They even have a glossary in the back that describes all the photography terms that may not be so well-known.
My only recommendation is that if you decide to get this book, you will want either and ebook with color or a physical copy of the book. Since all the examples I saw were in black and white, I didn’t have a good grasp of the concepts the authors were trying to convey.
I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.