Online Photography Learning Series for Kids || Week-1 is all about observing & playing with light (Quality, Colour & Direction)

During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos. 


The first session was introducing Kids to style of these sessions. We started with simple idea of clicking great portraits of family members, so after we will keep this goal in mind every week and by end of 5 weeks, we should have some awesome portraits of family members as Kids can't go out to shoot outdoors and what can be better than clicking photographs of your loved ones.

The first session was introducing Kids to style of these sessions. We started with simple idea of clicking great portraits of family members, so after we will keep this goal in mind every week and by end of 5 weeks, we should have some awesome portraits of family members as Kids can't go out to shoot outdoors and what can be better than clicking photographs of your loved ones. 

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Before starting anything on photography, we did a simple activity. We wanted to take a group shot on zoom video-conferencing app. So we started talking about how do we get good light on everyone's face to get a good photograph clicked.  Kids changed their positions to face open windows or avoided backlights. Some smart chaps were already in pretty good lighting when lamps close to their seating areas. It took some time to get adjusted and ensure good lighting on everybody's face. We clicked a group photograph.

Before starting anything on photography, we did a simple activity. We wanted to take a group shot on zoom video-conferencing app. So we started talking about how do we get good light on everyone's face to get a good photograph clicked.  Kids changed their positions to face open windows or avoided backlights. Some smart chaps were already in pretty good lighting when lamps close to their seating areas. It took some time to get adjusted and ensure good lighting on everybody's face. We clicked a group photograph. 

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Idea of the activity was to start the conversation around light and how light influences final result in your photograph. During first session, we followed this tutorial about lighting. Through this tutorial we talked how direction of light, quality of light and color of light can be leveraged well to click good photographs. Most of the examples we discussed in the session were with respect to the portrait photography.

Idea of the activity was to start the conversation around light and how light influences final result in your photograph. During first session, we followed this tutorial about lighting. Through this tutorial we talked how direction of light, quality of light and color of light can be leveraged well to click good photographs. Most of the examples we discussed in the session were with respect to the portrait photography. 

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While talking about the lighting, we looked at plenty of photographs and understood the importance of direction, quality and color of light. During the session, I also showed other photographs and did live quiz for ensuring they understood things like soft light, harsh light, how to differentiate, how to use light source to get soft light or harsh light, what kind of sources give soft light vs harsh light etc. During 2 hours of interactive session, we talked only about lighting. We also looked at the video of some of the kids and described lighting conditions around them. It was lot of fun to hear description by kids and their interpretations about lighting conditions.

While talking about the lighting, we looked at plenty of photographs and understood the importance of direction, quality and color of light. During the session, I also showed other photographs and did live quiz for ensuring they understood things like soft light, harsh light, how to differentiate, how to use light source to get soft light or harsh light, what kind of sources give soft light vs harsh light etc. During 2 hours of interactive session, we talked only about lighting. We also looked at the video of some of the kids and described lighting conditions around them. It was lot of fun to hear description by kids and their interpretations about lighting conditions. 

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After the session, we talked about some home-work. Kids had to observe light around different parts of the home. And then click photographs in different lighting conditions and primarily portraits. All photographs you see in this blogpost are clicked by kids.

After the session, we talked about some home-work. Kids had to observe light around different parts of the home. And then click photographs in different lighting conditions and primarily portraits. All photographs you see in this blogpost are clicked by kids. Above photograph is clicked by Gaurangi.

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During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

Above photograph is clicked by Niti. Apart from lighting, good foreground, background & nice facial expression.

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During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

Above photograph is clicked by Viti and made good use of direct sunlight. 

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During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

Most of the participants not only clicked portraits but tried lighting effects on different objects at home. It was awesome to see varied lighting experiments and observations. Above photograph is clicked Nishant Sharma. 

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Observing light is very first step to click great photographs !

During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

Above photograph is so awesome where lighting of phone light is used on one side of the subject in complete dark room. This photograph is clicked by Naisha. 



During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

Above photograph is clicked by Rhea. She not only observed lighting within house but also made good use of lightening in the sky. 

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During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

Above photograph is clicked by Abhay and this is one of the first few photographs I received during the week. This one is clicked in artificial lighting. 

During COVID-19 lockdown, one of my close friends approached if this is good time to do Photography workshop for kids. It started because her 2 daughters were interested, but then we got super excited and thought of opening it for everyone we know in our social circles and floated a google-form to gain insights. We was awesome to see 30 odd responses, and we had 20+ kids on first sessions. We intend to do 2 hrs sessions each Sunday in a series of 5 Sundays. This blogpost shares about first week of this series of Online Photography Learning for kids. Idea is to share with every blog viewers so that you can follow same set of tutorials we discussed in our first session and we will share about each week. If there is good interest on these blogs, I may also try making videos.

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