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  • Photography for Kids!

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  • Michael Ebert is a photographer and teacher of

    photojournalism at the university in Magdeburg,

    Germany. He formerly worked as a newspaper and

    magazine photographer. He also prepares exhibits

    of famous photographers work and has written

    extensively about photography.

    Sandra Abend studied art history with a focus on

    photography and wrote her dissertation about

    the photographs of Jeff Wall. She directs the

    Kinderartothek of the Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum in

    Hilden, Germany, and she teaches at the University

    of Dsseldorf in Germany. Sandra and Michael have

    been running photography workshops for children

    for a number of years.

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  • Photography for Kids!A Fun Guide to Digital Photography

    Michael Ebert & Sandra Abend

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  • Michael Ebert Sandra Abend, mail@photomoments.de

    Editor: Gerhard RossbachTranslator: David SchlesingerCopyeditor: Jeanne HansenLayout: Lilia BauerTypesetting: Petra StrauchCover design: Helmut Kraus, www.exclam.dePrinted in China

    ISBN 978-1-933952-76-5

    1st Edition 2011 by Michael Ebert and Sandra AbendRocky Nook Inc.26 West Mission Street, Ste 3Santa Barbara, CA 93101www.rockynook.com

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    Thanks to Anja, Anna, Antonia,

    Charlotte, Felix, Javed, Kasandra, Lea,

    Melina, Neele, Nele, Phillipp, Pia, Selin,

    Talia, Tamar, Vicky, and the many other

    children who helped us with this book.

    Thanks also to Canon for technical

    support.

    Acknowledgments

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    Table of Contents

    Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    How it All Got Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    A Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    What Is a Camera? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    The Eye of the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    Now its Time to Get Started! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Look, Snap, See . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

    Zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

    In Focus and Out of Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

    Light and Dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

    Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

    Flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

    For Small Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

    How Do We Transfer Pictures to a Computer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    A World Full of Subjects for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    Take a Picture of Me! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

    Everyone Loves Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

    Four-Legged Roommates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

    Animals Are Everywhere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

    Around the World in an Afternoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

    Face to Face with Sharks and Squid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    People and Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

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    Pictures without Color? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

    Black, White, and Delightful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

    Making Small Subjects Look Bigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

    Vacation: Tons of Time for Cool Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

    Not Everyone Likes to Be in Front of the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . 94

    Taking a Vacation at Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

    Bring Your Camera along for a Swim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

    Theres a Lot to Explore at the Edge of the Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

    A Sea of Moving Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

    From Lofty Heights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

    The Carnival at Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

    Happy Birthday! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

    Pictures of Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

    Self-Portraits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

    Self-Timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

    Reflections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

    My Hometown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

    What to Do with All of Your Cool Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

    What Should I Keep? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

    What Should I Delete? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

    Saving Pictures: Where and How . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

    Sharing Your Pictures with the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

    Your Pictures on the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

    Printing Your Favorite Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

    Todays Photo Book Is Yesterdays Photo Album . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

    The Ending Is Just the Beginning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

    Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

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    Foreword

    What is it about taking pictures that

    interests us so much? There are many

    reasons people like photography. For

    starters, its fun! Its exciting to capture

    snapshots of fascinating moments,

    people, animals, places, and things. When

    we grow older, we can look back at our

    pictures to remember a great vacation or

    a special first day of school. In some ways,

    photographs become our memories; they

    can bring the past back to life. Ask your

    parents if they have old photos of your

    great-grandparents from when they were

    children. Taking photographs was a special

    occasion for past generations. In the

    picture on the right, you can see how

    fascinated these children are by the

    camera of American photographer

    Frances Benjamin Johnston. She was a

    pioneer of photography. This picture

    was taken around 1900.

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    Photographs are made with a device

    that captures a real moment and portrays

    something that actually happened (unless

    t