Encouraging Young Shutterbugs—Outdoor Photography for Kids

Like many children, my 4-year-old daughter loves the tactility of my iPhone, especially swiping back and forth through the photo albums and studying each image, however mundane.

It seems natural, then, as Mabel’s dexterity with the camera grows, to encourage her to experiment with her own visual interpretations of life, to give her an additional outlet—and some of the ownership young children so crave—for storytelling. And where better to foster this than in the outdoors, where muses abound and a child’s curiosity is peaked?

Whether you are the parent of a preschooler, like Mabel, or a 10-year-old, there are some simple steps you can take to encourage these young shutterbugs:
For now, Mabel seems most intent on having the lens pointed at her, rather than away, but I’m happy to start with selfies and see where that may lead.

Have your kids (or you) taken some great photos this past year? Consider entering them in AMC’s photo contest, which is open until October 1, 2014. For more information, and to enter, visit outdoors.org/photocontest.

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Photograph by iStock.

Great Kids, Great Outdoors is an Appalachian Mountain Club blog. This post was written by Karen Ingraham.

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