KidLit: Digital Photography for Kids! by Michael Ebert and Sandra Abend
Kids and cameras are a natural combination; there aren’t too many kids who don’t have or want a camera. After the child gets his or her first digital camera, the next logical step is to get a book that explains the art of photography in kid-terms to elevate point and click to art (or near-art).
Rockynook publishes scores of books for both professional and amateur photographers, and Photography for Kids!: A Fun Guide to Digital Photography is an excellent guide for kids who aren’t satisfied with taking pictures—they want to take good pictures.
With brief introductions to the history of photography and what photographs are, Photography for Kids! is loaded with tips on subjects like movement, zoom, wide-angle, lighting, focus, black and white vs. color, what to save—what to toss, and self-portraits. It offers challenges and photo ops, such as “take a picture of every animal you see for an entire day,” and “Find an interesting spot in your town—one that you walk by regularly—where people like to gather, like a fountain. Take a picture from the exact same spot every day for a whole week and then compare your pictures afterwards to see how the spot changes from day to day.”
There are also suggestions for good times and places to take photos, and what to do with your pictures—include gifting ideas. Speaking of gifts…Photography for Kids! is the perfect gift to give with a camera; its many photos will inspire even the most reluctant beginner.