Do you remember when you first held a camera in your hands and knew you wanted to do something creative with it? I think the first time I felt that way was in the late ’80s. I had a cheap, plastic 35mm camera. (think it was Kodak but can’t really say) I mean this thing was just this side of disposable. As cheap as it was I do remember that feeling that I had a creative tool in my hands.
Noah’s First (real) Time with a Camera
I’ve been having fun with Noah (4yr old nephew), letting him use my dad’s old Pentax Spotmatic, 35mm film camera. It had no film in it, but it gave Noah a chance to get used to holding the camera, looking through the viewfinder and snapping the shot. This was mostly for fun, but today I figured he’d have fun actually taking some shots.
I set up my Canon T2i DSLR; put it into complete auto mode so Noah didn’t need to think about exposure – just have fun actually taking a shot – and now, be able to actually see it on the back of the camera!
Noah had a great time, going all over the house taking shots – interesting angles, photographing textures – it was pretty cool to watch. I was just really impressed with how determined he was and how he worked on each shot.
I didn’t give a lot of instruction. He seemed pretty focused so I just let him do what he wanted, and answered any questions he had from time to time.
Here are a few more behind-the-scenes-shots. Love the concentration!
So do you remember your first time with a camera? Feel free to share in the comments – I’d love to hear about it!