Recently I have been having a good clear out at home. Trying to de-clutter, and being a little ruthless with what we really need. I had an old Lumix camera, one that we bought when Harry was a baby. It was a perfectly good little point and shoot camera, but when we decided to upgrade to a DSLR it was put in a drawer, never to be seen again. Until I was having that clear out. I very nearly put the camera on ebay, wanting to make a few pennies. Then I decided to let Harry use it.
Harry has grown up seeing me with a camera in my hand. I am a little bit obsessed with taking photos, and I just love looking back at old photos. If I haven’t got the camera you can guarantee my phone won’t be far out of reach to grab a quick snap.
We let Harry have the little Lumix camera, he used it for a few months, taking photos of anything that caught his eye. He was actually pretty good at mastering how to use it and getting a good photo. He took it with us on holiday to the Isle of Wight, and got some lovely photos. But just before we were coming home it broke. No fault of Harry’s, the zoom just completely stopped working. He was so disappointed, his first concern was the photo’s on the camera, luckily we could reassure him that the photos were fine.
Finding an alternative camera
We can’t afford to just buy him a new camera. And I think its important for them to know you have to wait for some things. But equally I have enjoyed watching his love of photography, so I wanted to find a way that he could still embrace it.
When I got to thinking about what I use when I have left the camera at home, it was simple. I always use my phone. Harry is too young for a phone, but he does have a tablet to use. So on a recent day out to Pleasurewood Hills I let Harry take his table with him. To be honest its a blessing in disguise, because not only did it give him a camera to use, it kept them all happy on the journey too.
These are a few of the photo’s that Harry took, I think he got some lovely photos. If you live near to Pleasurewood Hills I would really recommend that too. I always here mixed reviews, but for me I think its lovely, not too far, the children love the rides, and the sea lion show is amazing.
This one was taken at the end of the day. The focus may not be perfect because of the light but I love the shadows, and I think for an 8 year old its still a pretty good photo.
Top Tips for using a mobile device for photos…
Lots of people, certainly avid photographers, won’t be keen on taking a photo on their phone or tablet. And I am not going to tell you that your photos will be as good as a top spec camera. But what I can tell you, is that it is perfectly possible to get a great photo on a mobile device.
- First of all take a little bit of time to get used to the camera, check out what features it has, can you adjust the light? how do you zoom in? Make sure you are familiar with it before you start.
- Play around with the lighting, trying to avoid a bright light behind your focus point.
- The easiest thing to do to make sure you have a clear focus is to tap the screen on the main focus of the picture. If you are taking a photo of a flower, tap the flower on screen and it will give it a little boost. Often the camera will guess the main focus point, and usually it gets it right. But giving it a nudge in the right direction will help.
For more tips on photography from a mobile device take a look at the guide from ao.com. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
Isn’t Claude the sea lion just amazing. I really do find them amazing animals to watch.
All of the photo’s in this post were taken using the Acer Iconia One 10 tablet. It comes with a 5mp camera and a huge amount of storage for all of those photos.
Do you have any top tips for mobile photography? Or do you have a child that is a pro behind the camera?
I would love to get Harry another little point and shoot camera at some stage. But right now he is loving using the tablet for photos, and I think he does a good job at it too.
This is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own.