Photo Composition

These conversation ideas can help give kids an appreciation of composition and purpose in photographs.

When revisiting old photos, notice composition. Ask if they can find some that best capture a brother or sister or a friend’s real spirit. When are close-ups best? When are the surroundings important to capture?

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of posed vs free form.

If there are several pictures of the same scene or event, ask, “If you could only pick one to save, which one would it be? Why?”

Put them in charge of capturing a few specific people at an outing. Discuss what they think would work best? Review & discuss.

Occasionally point out how other images are composed. Get their thoughts first. Notice images in people’s homes.