Today we had a really nice walk in some local woods. It was a lovely sunny morning, very odd for a bank holiday weekend! I took my camera (a Canon DSLR, very recommended), and for the first time, our 4 year old seemed very interested in the camera – how it works, what I could see, how I chose what things to take photos of. It really seemed to have caused a spark in his brain, so I said that when we got home he could have a go on one of my old cameras.
I let him lose with my first ever digital camera, all the way back from 2003 (ish!) the magnificent HP Photosmart 735 was a beast of a camera, boasting 3.2 megapixels (ooh), a spacious 16Mb (that’s megabytes, not these new fangled gigabytes) internal memory and all powered off two AA batteries. I can remember taking photos with this, an d loving it at the time. But it was also very frustrating, and always ran out of power. I probably spent more on batteries for it than I used to buying and processing film…
After a brief crash course in cameras and a few golden rules (“Don’t touch the lens!”) he was off. What follows are the unedited photos he took, of some of the most important things in his life.
The photos – taken by a four year old (who just realised what a camera was for)
So that’s what a toddler takes photographs of! It was interesting to see that he really focused on taking the photos, finding interesting subjects and trying to compose a good image. He was really pleased with himself when it worked which was brilliant. If you’ve got an old camera laying about, then it is a fun way to spend an hour or two (which is all the batteries in a 2003 vintage digital camera can take!). If you don’t have a spare camera, you can always get a child-proof one!