A Digital Camera and The Mind Of A Child...

Digital cameras - How times have changed....

How taking photographs has changed since the invention of the digital camera. I remember when I was a child I was never allowed to take photographs as it was never worth the money to develop the film for a handful of photographs of headless bodies and unrecognisable random snaps of scenery and sunsets.

Even now I'm not much better, but the big difference is the digital camera. A wonderful little camera that allows us to snap away happily and then go back and delete the headless bodies, half pets and any other photograph that was pointless, leaving only the worthwhile pictures.

My daughter loves to snap away with the camera and as long as she wears the "uncool" wrist strap, she can go off and let her imagination run wild with our blessing. With todays digital cameras it's not a problem as she can snap away at random for hours and then select what she wants to keep and she can delete what she doesn't want to keep.



My daughter....

The budding photographer...
The budding photographer...

My daughter loves to "Happy Snap"....

It's good for her to go off and experiment, most of what she snaps are half snaps and pointless, but in her mind she is seeing something else. A lot of the time what she sees and what we see in a photograph are totally different. Most mean something to her, maybe a thought that was running through her head at the time she was taking the photograph or a feeling she was feeling. That is what photography is all about, helping us to hold onto memories, bringing back feelings and thoughts. If that is something she has realised at a young age, then who are we to tell her she can't keep her photographs, it's much better for her to use her imagination whilst snapping away rather than to let it fester in front of a screen for hours. The beauty of the digital camera is that we don't have to be harsh and stop her from snapping away because we begrudge the price it would cost to develop her photographs. All we have to do is upload her photographs to the computer and put them in a file for her to browse through or edit at her hearts content.


Flowers photographed through the mirror in her jewellery box....

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Pink freesias in a pot.Blue unidentified flowers snapped with the Kromme river in the distance.Red unidentified flowers with the Kromme river in the background. Red unidentified flowers with the Kromme river twinkling in the distance.
Pink freesias in a pot.
Pink freesias in a pot.
Blue unidentified flowers snapped with the Kromme river in the distance.
Blue unidentified flowers snapped with the Kromme river in the distance.
Red unidentified flowers with the Kromme river in the background.
Red unidentified flowers with the Kromme river in the background.
 Red unidentified flowers with the Kromme river twinkling in the distance.
Red unidentified flowers with the Kromme river twinkling in the distance.

What she was thinking...

What she was thinking or where she got the idea for the way in which she took these photographs I have no idea. For Christmas last year she got a jewellery box with a small mirror on the inside of the lid. Off she went into the garden, jewellery box in one hand and digital camera in the other, she returned a while later with these photographs. How the minds of children work - she had decided that taking photographs of things she could see reflecting in the mirror of her jewellery box, in this case flowers, seemed like a good idea. It worked, very effectively, the flowers reflections were captured in the mirror and the mirrors edge creating a frame around the photographs giving the similar effect of looking through a window.

When she went out clutching the jewellery box and the digital camera, she probably wasn't sure as to what she was going to photograph and she had probably only taken the jewellery box with her because it was her Christmas present and that is what children do.


kodak digital camera

Kodak Easyshare C182 Digital Camera (Blue)
Kodak Easyshare C182 Digital Camera (Blue)

This is our camera updated with 12mp. Ours is an 8mp and takes good,clear photographs. So 12mp will be better.

 
Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue)
Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue)

This is a similar camera that can photograph under water, ideal for catching those underwater holiday moments effectively.

 

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raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

It's very interesting, you know! even some times their actions are extraordinary brilliant and we should let them be as they have been.


SirDent 5 years ago

Your daughter is very artistic. Also notice how simple things can make such a great impact. The use of a small mirror makes the flowers like like they are framed the way they were shot.


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece Author

Thank you both for taking the time to look at my hub. I think these days it's easy for the imaginations of children to be wasted, due to technology overload they don't need to use them.


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

Good observations. Nice hub.

Back in the day, the only pictures I took were Sunpix. They are made, usually at the beach, by putting band-aids or a piece of paper cut to a specific shape, on your skin and letting the sun darken the area around the tape. When you remove the blocked area the next day, you get great Sunpix.


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece Author

Sounds like the sort of thing our children should be doing, sounds like a sun tattoo.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

You're right..children's creativity can be wasted with technology overload. The really creative ones will always find a way to be creative anyway. This is a beautiful hub, voted up.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I agree that children are very creative and your daughter is very clever with the camera. I love her pictures. Rated up!


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece Author

stephaniedas...You're right she has always been creative. She into writing poems at the moment and she googles poems by different poets and likes to research the poet. I suppose that is where technology has it's uses as it's all at her fingertips.

Pamela99...Thank you for you comment, the wonderful thing. with children is their minds should be uncluttered and free to wonder.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

That is really wonderful. You must be so proud of her.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Your daughter took some lovely pictures, very artistically framed whether she realized she was doing it or not. I really like how the blue and red unidentified flowers seem to follow the curve of the mirror. I hope you'll keep them for her so she can look back years later and see them again.

Voted up


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece Author

Thank you both for your kind comments. Always proud of her, probably don't tell her enough though!! Not sure where she got her artistic tendencies from mind you, not me or my husband that's for sure!!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Hi debbie, and welcome to HubPages. I really enjoyed this well written hub and the pix (courtesy of your daughter's talents) Great job(both accounts). Voted up and interesting, I will follow...


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frugalfamily 4 years ago from Houston, TX

I think your daughter has some marketable pics! Did she give you a license to use them?(hehe) I love the pictures my kids take with their phones too..and to think we used to have to limit the amount of time we spent talking on the phone because it cost money too! Thanks for reminding us of the things that cost less these days.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi samson1, thank you for taking the time to comment. I'll be sure to pass your compliments to my daughter. Thank you.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hiya frugalfamily, don't go giving her any ideas she'll start charging me by the hour!! She tries pinching my phone for a sneaky picture too - usually a bad one of me !!

Thank you for commenting .


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Bless us oh Lord, to more often see this world through the eyes of children.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

What a better place it would appear!! Thank you Perspycacious for taking the time to comment.


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Delightful Debbie! This is a perfect example to go along with your building confidence in your children hub. You obviously encourage original thinking out of their comfort zones. Great job! =:)


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Thankyou Winsome, for taking time to read my hubs. We must try our best not to let computers and gaming gadgets totally over shadow our childrens creativity.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Nice Hub. I Pretty much had the same experience with my daughter snapping away with her digital camera.Also brings back memories of waiting days for the photo's to be developed.

Thanks For SHARING


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

How lucky your daughter is to have you encourage her innate photographic ability! Seems talent runs in your family. Your hub is nice and light and a good lesson for parents and your daughter's pictures beautiful and as someone else said, I would agree, marketable. Voted up.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

I remember the waiting for a film to be developed too, it used to come in the post and a lot of the photos came back dud!

Thank yopu for reading and commenting..


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Thank you for the nice comments and for reading and commenting.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is a great Hub! My daughter is 14 and she is saving up for one of those $500 Canon Digital cameras. She has had a few cheaper models but she feels she is ready to upgrade. She is always taking pictures no matter where we are! She wants to be a professional photographer when she gets older and as someone who has a background in photography, I encourage her but make sure she understands how hard it is to make a living as a photographer.

I think it's great for kids to be able to take photos at will. Like you, when I was younger it was very costly to develop the photos and so I wasn't really allowed to until I got my own camera. These days, with the digital technology, we can instantly erase bad shots and we can do so many things like save to the computer, so there is virtually no limit to how many photos we can take! This is a great Hub! I voted up and I am SHARING!

JSMatthew~


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Awesome. Thank you for sharing this delightful hub. Inspiring for sure. My favorite is the last pic. Multi-dimensional seen from the the observer's eye, while revealing a hidden secret. The upper right hand corner shows the sky in the background with what appears as purple flowers. The jewelry box mirror (did she just read 'through the looking glass?' or Alice in wonderland?) reflects the flowers as the water reflects the time of day through the sun. Would you tell her for me that is my favorite and may I have permission to copy the image? I see a poem in there somewhere. Happy Valentines day to you both!


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YiMin 4 years ago from Malaysia

Very creative! I agree that parents should let their child to try out their somewhat crazy idea because it might turn out to be quite a masterpiece! Very nice!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi J.S.Matthew, it's good that your daughter is saving up for the camera she really wants, it's a good indication of how much she wants it. It'll be an important part of her following her dream and if she has a change of heart she'll still have a good camera!

My daughter goes through phases of taking the camera and getting trigger happy or devouring books.

Thank you for taking the time to read, comment and share my hub, it's appreciated.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi tsmog, thank you for your lovely comment. My daughter is at school at the moment, but I'm sure she would be very flattered if one of her photographs inspires you to write a poem. I will be sure to tell her. She enjoys poetry herself, could you send me a link so we could read poem when you've created it?

Thanking you again for your comment and for checking out our hub....


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi YiMin, I totally agree with you. If we hadn't allowed our daughter to snap away this hub would never have been written and I think she is quite pleased that I wrote it, I did ask her if she minded first though!

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on our hub....


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi debbie, your daughter has a natural talent, these photos show great creativity!

My favourite is the 2nd picture.

Thank you for sharing this lovely hub and well done to your daughter!

Voting up

Best wishes MM


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi MM, I'm not sure which I would choose as my favourite picture, the second picture has been captured the clearest and just right.

Thank you MM for taking the time to look and read my hub and for your nice comment.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Your daughter is very creative. These are beautiful photos. Please continue to encourage her, who know where it might lead.

Thank you for sharing


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Rosemay50, At the moment my daughter is dabbling with poetry. It would be nice to see her put her own photographs with her poems.

Thank you for your nice comment and for reading...

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