Friday, October 11, 2013

Perspectives: Cameras

What Do You Want to Take Pictures of Outside?
Week of October 7, 2012
This week we took the cameras outside.  There are a lot less people outside and more things in nature to photograph. I wanted to see if the children would continue taking pictures of people or would they take pictures of things in nature.  Immediately, once we got outside and I handed the camera off to a child, they all wanted to first take a picture of me.  I was the only one out there, so after taking a picture of me, they often looked around for someone else.  They were then at a loss for what they could take pictures of.  After we walked around the courtyard a bit, I started pointing out things in nature, “Oooh! Look at that flower.  That is so pretty!”  Then the children finally started to take pictures of the things outside in nature.  People are definitely the first choice of who they want to take pictures of!

The children have been so excited to use the camera and now expect that they will be able to use it when they see the black camera come out (it is slightly is the one we let the children use).  They are so excited they are focusing less on how to hold the camera and how to aim pictures.  They are just moving the camera around and snapping pictures quickly.  I am going to try moving to the iPad as a camera next week.  My hope is that they will be able to aim easier and be able to see their pictures better.  We are going to focus on taking pictures of people inside.  Who do they focus on...teachers or kids? People smiling and posing or people playing with activities?

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