Digital Cameras Encourage Children's Creativity

This is Elijah taking a cartoon picture of himself.

One of the things that I did for our European trip was to purchase a small digital camera for my 5 1/2 year old son, Elijah. Although you may think that a child of that age would just point and click away when taking pictures, you may be surprised to see how creative children can be when given access to a digital camera. 

Elijah's picture of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

I bought a small, inexpensive and easy to use digital camera that I found at a local store. The camera was on clearance, so I did not pay much for it. It was a Samsung camera, so not really a bad quality camera even though I paid only $50 for it.

The camera was an excellent investment. Elijah is in love with the camera. In Europe, he took many pictures and also recorded several short videos. He took some good, and many not so good pictures. What I found particularly interesting was his creativity when taking many of the pictures. I never realized that photography could really encourage my son's artistic side at his young age. But, it did. 

In addition of taking pictures of people and places using the usual options, Elijah also decided to take "artistic pictures" using other options available in the camera. The result was fabulous with many of the pictures that he took being very creative, imaginative and cool. 

In particular, I love the pictures that he took with the "cartoon" option of the camera.  Elijah is extremely proud of his work...and me too!
A photo of the family at a Cafe in Madrid, Spain - taken by Elijah Opps

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