the ABCs of Photography – An Educational Series for Kids

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abcs-of-photography-educational-series-kidsTo kick off the new year, I wanted to find a way to simplify the concepts of photography, bring some of them down to the comprehension level of a child.  Because you are never too young to enjoy photography.  My toddler, Toby, is proof of that.  And I’m sure many of you can vouch for the fact that your child has snagged a smartphone to take a plethora of snapshots, or a horrendously long candid video — of your purse.

Now, photographic education is a lifelong pursuit.  I’ve been studying photography for …gee, longer than I care to admit — and I still haven’t learned it all.  So, I figured we could just touch on the basics.  Or, some of the basics.  Twenty-six of them, to be specific.

Over the weeks to come, I’ll be covering the ABCs of Photography, designed as an educational series for kids.  There will be some suggestions about adaptations for younger children as well as older kids — but the vast majority of this series will be designed for enjoyment by all ages.

The master list of my Photography ABCs is below; I will add links as each goes live.  But you can also browse them all by the tag: Photography ABCs.  (for those interested, the web has a number of “master lists” of photographic vocabulary terms).

UPDATE: yes, we took a bit of a hiatus from this series, but it is starting up again in 2018!  Feel free to join in and follow along with us 🙂 as we finish up the ABCs of Photography learning series!!!  I am so excited to work on these with my kids.


19 Responses

  1. Sara

    Clicking over from Mom 2 Mom Monday Link Up! What an incredibly fun idea! I’ve been into photography since I was a child so why not get my son (3) involved? Pinning this and looking forward to the series!

  2. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    How fun! Pinning to my Small Victories Sunday Linkup and my photography board. I am a very amateur photographer but would like to get better at it!

  3. Betsy Finn

    Fantastic idea, Sara. I’m sure he will have a blast.

  4. Betsy Finn

    Practice makes perfect, right? These activities should be great for kids too. 🙂

  5. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Never mind the kids, this was a great educational series for me! 🙂 I love that you have everything done in an abc way, it makes it so much easier for little ones to learn and get their heads around. I need to pin this for when my boy is old enough to embrace the camera 🙂

  6. Christy Hoover

    I totally just pinned this! I am in the process of learning photography and even joining a group. This is so timely for me as I plan to learn as much about photography that my brain can allow. Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Nikki

    Well, I’m not a kid, but this is really useful for me! I grew up with a photographer grandfather. I was married to a Navy phototog who also worked in the news. Yet I still shoot on auto on my DSLR. I just bookmarked this page so I can refer back to it as you add on. I definitely need to read A is for Aperture! Thanks!!

  8. Adrienne

    I love this! I’m pretty much on a toddler level when it comes to photography, so I will definitely be following along as you publish new posts on the subject. I have been looking everywhere for a non-intimidating way to learn about photography and this is awesome!

  9. Carin Kilby Clark

    Oh my gosh this is like right on time for me! I’ve been saying that I want to really learn how to take better photos with my DSLR camera {that I’ve had for over a year and barely used…}. I appreciate that it’s broken down to the lowest level so I can hopefully understand it! Some of the other articles I’ve read are just way over my head. Thanks!

  10. Hezzi-D

    This looks like a great series for me as an adult. I’m sure it would be great for kids too but I think it’ll be helpful for me. I have a hard time taking pictures with my DSLR.

  11. Melissa

    Thank you for these tips on photography. It is so hard to take great images of kids and I appreciate these tips and tricks.

  12. michelle h

    What a GREAT series! I love how hands-on the activities are. And creative. I’ve been too impatient to start showing photography to my kids, but this is the perfect way to get them involved. Pinning, for sure.

  13. Joseph

    This is a great chart to learn. Although the newer cameras have a smart setting, it is still great to know what an aperture, grayscale or shutter speed is and how to manually operate them. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Myrabev

    I know nothing about photography and do not have kids so I am going to take this advice for me lol. I need to learn a bit more i think

  15. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Thanks for an essential photography read! I enjoyed it! I’ll have to check out your 365 days of light play challenge. I love photography but I usually need to find time to do it.

  16. Betsy Finn

    Glad you enjoyed it Cara! I hear you on having to find the time…life gets so busy!

  17. Kat

    My son is very excited to finish this!! We love it and we are just wondering how often new links go live. Thank you so much for this!

  18. Keisha Forbes

    Is this post still active? Looks like a wonderful project for the kids and I!

  19. Betsy Finn

    Yes it is! We took a hiatus from the ABCs, but they will be starting up in January 2018 on a weekly basis, Keisha 🙂