How to optimise your photos for online viewing.
Some adult supervision may be necessary.
From half an hour to 3 weeks - as short or as long as you like.
You can spend half an hour doing one of our projects, or you can spend the whole holidays working on it. You can try just one or have a go at all four. Downloadable printable instructions are available at the end.
An easy one to start with. Too easy? Try finding as many things as you can to photograph in just one colour.
Take photographs of familiar objects in an unusual way and see if your family and friends can work out what they are. Try taking just part of an object, or get as close up to it as your camera will let you.
If you are going away, take plenty of photos and put together a journal when you get back. If you aren't going away (or even if you are), try doing 'A Day In The Life' project: take a photo every half an hour of whatever you are doing.
See if you can collect the whole alphabet in different and interesting letters. For an even harder challenge, try and make up the whole alphabet using things that look like letters but aren't.
Download a printable sheet with all the details:
1. Depending how experienced your children are, you may need to explain focussing distance and camera shake to them. ie. don't get too close to whatever you are photographing, and hold the camera as still as you can.
2. There are to be no rules and no criticism. Encourage your children to be creative and to experiment. They are to be the only judge of their photographs.
3. Accommodate requests for photo opportunities and stops as much as possible. If this gets too much, try joining in.
4. All of these projects can be done at home, but if your children are old enough to be out and about on their own you might want to remind them about basic photographers' safety - eg. don't step backwards into the road, have a family discussion about whether it's ok to take pictures of strangers in public or not, and how to keep your camera safe.
5. Teach your children good computer practice now, so that their future photographic lives will be organised. Download photos at the end of every day that you shoot, organise your folders, and use keywords if you use an image organising/editing program. We have a couple of posts to help: How to get your photos backed up and organised and Editing, Filing and Keywording - How to get started.