For the past few years I have tried numerous ways of getting my kids interested in photography. I even promised them that if they showed any interest whatsoever I would buy them whatever camera they want. So far nothing until today.
My little one (9 year old) walked up to me while I was watching TV and out of nowhere uttered the following magic words:
"Daddy, can we go to the (local) wildlife preserve to take pictures of birds?"
I tried to contain my excitement, but I'm sure my kid could see right through me! I said "Of course! I'll get a camera ready for you by tomorrow and we will go take pictures of birds!"
I grabbed a couple of cameras ( an old EVF and an m4/3 with a couple of lenses) and charged up the batteries. If my kid enjoys taking pics of birds with Daddy tomorrow, I will have at least a glimmer of hope that all the equipment I have accumulated over the years will go to good use.
This is really the first time one of my kids voluntarily asks to go take pictures with me. I don't want to mess this opportunity up, so any recommendations are welcome. I don't want to overwhelm my kid with technical jargon, or turn this outing into an endurance marathon lugging around heavy equipment ( that's why I decided to go with an EVF and an M4/3 set up for her). I don't want to scare or intimidate her; I want her to enjoy taking pics. Suggestions?