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Fun Summer Photo Project

A couple of years ago when school ended for the summer I handed my grandsons inexpensive cameras I bought at Walmart.  They were tasked with taking photos of all the things they did that summer.  Before school started again in the fall they uploaded their pictures to a photo sharing site, like Shutterfly, and created photobooks using fun borders, stickers, and more.


That year we took a family vacation to Dubai and a Mediterranean Cruise hitting ports in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.  It was interesting to see what they photographed, they saw the world in a totally different perspective.  While the rest of us were busily taking photos of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest building, or the Athens Acropolis, the kids were taking pictures of the camel milk chocolate kiosk at the Dubai Mall or the armor suits in a shop window on Rhodes. 


They had so much fun playing photo journalists.  This activity turned into an annual thing.  They now get their cameras ready before school even ends.  It’s not only a fun activity, the photobooks they make hold wonderful memories we will be re-visiting for years to come.  They can’t wait until this summer’s Med Cruise, I’m sure they’ll find more interesting things to photograph. 


Here are some tips to help your kids get started on this great summer activity.  It’s not just for summer, kids can be photo journalists anytime!


  • Buy an inexpensive digital camera.  You can use disposable ones, but the cost to develop the film and save them on a CD can turn out to be more expensive than buying a digital camera with a memory card.


  •  Create an account at one of the photo sharing sites.


  • If possible have the kids upload photos to the photo sharing site every day or two, otherwise the memory card may run out of space.  It’s also faster to upload smaller amounts of images than uploading the whole card at the end of summer.


  • Let kids take photos of what they find interesting.  You may want to make suggestions, but overall allow them to be creative. 


  • Let kids create their own photobooks.  Allow them to pick themes, stickers, and borders.  You should give them a limit of how many pages their books can have and tell them if they have to limit themselves to the free stickers, themes, and borders, or give them a budget on what they can spend for these enhancements. 


  • Order the photo books when the kids are done creating them.


  • Supervise the photos they are sharing to friends and social networks.  If you are going to allow them to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, etc. make sure the GPS on the device is off so shared photos don’t identify your children's locations.


  • If you prefer they can create posters or collages instead of a photobook.


  • An alternative to photobooks are scrapbooks, you can download and print pages, stickers, or borders to enhance the scrapbooks.
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