Teaching kids how to use an SLR – what age can you start?

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Teaching kids how to use an SLR – what age can you start?

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My twins have been asking me for months now if they can use “my camera.”  I got them each their own $100 Nikon Point and Shoots.  But now, they want to know more.

They are 6 1/2 (will be 7 in December), and I decided I can start working on the basics with them.

So here they are using my 40D (cringe).  I was super nervous and should have gone up and got my 20d – but anyway…  I started teaching them about focusing and putting the red dot on my eye.  They already know some about lighting from watching and listening to me.  But it is hard to put it all into practice.

This day, every photo was out of focus.  But we just went on a 3 day family trip. And I think they are starting to get it.  They took these of my husband and me.  Ignore that we are not nearly as cute a subject as they are… 

Not bad for their second shoot.  Next I need to work with them on how to get catchlights.  Might need to get them a step stool so they are more at our level…  But a good start – all before 7 years old.

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Teaching kids how to use an SLR – what age can you start?