I'm after some thoughts on how to go about teaching my children photography. Mine are 2 (boy) and 4 (girl). They both like looking at pictures on the phone, and pictures from a day out on the computer etc.
I bought my daughter a Minnie Mouse camera last year and to be frank its a bit pants. Awkward to use, screen is pants etc (no I'm not obsessive about IQ - for them anyway!). It just doesn't seem very intuitive and it holds my daughters attention for about 5 minutes - and thats not the norm for her, she will spend ages on some stuff.
I'm not delusional in terms of them being great photographers now, I just want to give them whatever knowledge I can, as soon as I think they will understand it, and they can decide for themselves what they want to do. But like it or not, photography will be a big part of their lives regardless, so I'd like them to be pretty good at it.
So my first question is what sort of camera would you recommend for the 4 year old, (i'd likely get it for her 5th b'day)? A rugged compact, one of these larger ones with games as well, are there any really basic compacts? Any other suggestions? I'm not so bothered about the boy at the mo, i think he is a bit too young, and we've tried to keep them both away from 'screens' for as long as possible!
Second question is, what have you taught your children, and at what age. I do talk my basic photography thoughts through with my oldest occasionally, but I think it just goes in one ear and out the other. Maybe she is just too young and I should wait. On the other hand they obviously learn quicker when they are younger, and so i want to teach her stuff now.
Would love to hear thoughts and experiences.