Out of the three of my children, my youngest son is the only one that has voiced any more than a passing interest in photography. So far, at least. Things change so quickly with kids, you never know! He has given me surprises when I download photos from my point and shoot camera and has recently expressed interest in my dslr camera. One day this week when he got home from school he saw that I had some fruit and veggies set up for photographing. He asked if he could do a set up and photograph it. “Sure!” I said gleefully! It was so cool watching him set up the food. He really got into it and he moved some things off of the counter when he noticed they were in his shots. I left the camera on aperture priority and showed him how to change the aperture. I showed him how to get into the camera settings and he tried black and whites, natural color and vivid color. He adjusted white balance and zoomed in and out. Then he got to somewhere in the camera that I’ve never been and wanted to change things! That’s where I drew the line. Yikes! I think I have to learn more about my camera so I don’t have to be afraid of him experimenting. I know that’s the best way to learn.
When he was finished photographing, I told him to download Picasa so he could edit his photos. I think it’s a great program. It’s really easy to use and perfect for a kid to mess around with and be artistic with their photos. Then it was time to transfer the photos to his computer. This is where the self-induced aggravation began. We installed the camera program, hooked up the camera to the computer by USB and got the message DEVICE NOT READY. What? Why isn’t it ready?! We turned the camera off and on again, we disconnected and reconnected, we restarted the computer twice. Ahhhhhhhh! I told him I would try to figure it out today while he was at school. Well, guess what, I did figure it out. What a dummy I can be! The compact flash card was NOT. IN. THE. CAMERA. It was plugged into my computer! I had transferred some photos to my computer and forgotten to put the flash card back into the camera!
So, when he gets home today, he will be able to edit his photos. I’ll ask him pick some for me to show you guys. I think he’ll be really proud of his work and want to show it!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!