How young can one start ?

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by nianys, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular


    My daughter will turn 4 in late September. She started handling DSLRs as a toddler (basically stealing them off the coffee table and pushing buttons), and got her first proper camera (an 8MP Nikon Coolpix thingy) for her second birthday.


    Over time she got familiar with the controls, shutter, play button, back LCD. About 6 months ago she really started getting the concept of aiming, firing, and reviewing the shot. Those past weeks, playing with the GX-1 + LVF2 attached, she mastered the toggle between LCD and viewfinder. She is now completely proficient at making a proper shot, and learned how to properly hold the camera (one hand around the lens barrel) today.

    She made three portraits of me this morning that I'd like to share :


    I did only a very light cropping on this, and the basic level editing.


    That has to be one of the best picture of me in the past 5 years, lol.

    And finally this one, which I chose to convert to black and white :


    I believe promoting artistic skills in children is a great thing. I'm very anxious to see what kind of photos she's gonna make by the time she's 10...
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  2. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
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    Wow those are great! Nice job by your daughter, and very very cool. Looks like she has some natural talent and/or good instruction :smile:
  3. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
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    She's got a good eye for her age. Very promising, and its great that you will have a hobby to share with her.

    I'm hoping my daughter will develop an interest in photography too!
  4. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  5. lubov

    lubov Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 4, 2011
    Did she turn the camera for the portrait too?
    Nice shots
  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Amazing, she's a very talented young lady!:bravo-009:
  7. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
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    Great portraits by your daughter! She's also very adorable when holding the camera!

    My daughter is turning 4, and I can't wait for her to develop this hobby as well... Right now, she hasn't quite figured out how to hold the camera properly yet, but when she manages to hold it, she could take good portraits of mommy and daddy, which seems to be her only subject of interest at the moment...
  8. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    Great shots. Thanks for sharing. Very cool to get her started early, but beware when she claims your camera as her own...
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  9. rameshsa

    rameshsa Mu-43 Rookie

    May 18, 2012
    Great shots.. Do encourage her. I got into photography myself when I was 9 years old when my uncle presented me with a box camera
  10. beckyi90

    beckyi90 Mu-43 Rookie

    May 21, 2012
    Stockton, UK
    I wish i'd been given this chance, great photo's!
  11. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    The ones she took of you really show the connection between photographer and subject - it's what makes for a good portrait !
  12. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    Absolutely true ! But beyond that I think she did a good job with her framing, in both orientations. I just cropped the vertical portrait as there was a bit much space over my head.

    What I like is the obvious joy that she has shooting all kind of things (mundane details of the household usually, but if it feeds her interest and hones her skills, all good to me).
  13. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    Yes, I feel the same. So the whole concept is to allow her to get comfortable and natural with the gear and the shooting process, at her own rythm, and as a game. I can introduce tips and safety rules along the way (mostly handling technique, this remains rather expensive gear) and I'm glad she now remembers to keep those grubby fingertips off the front lens, lol...
  14. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Great talent you have there! I have a 4-year old using my old Lumix DMC-FX2. They pick up intuitively very quickly.
  15. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    She already steals a lot of time with them ! No biggie though, it'll make a great excuse to get myself a fancier one :rolleyes: