You will need
- Scrap paper
- Camera or phone
Before you begin
- You may want to make an example viewfinder, so everyone can see what they’re aiming for.
Make the viewfinders
- Everyone should take a piece of scrap paper or junk mail and fold it in half.
- Everyone should draw a rectangle from the folded end, leaving a border about three centimetres thick. Everyone should cut their rectangle out with scissors, and put it in the recycling bin.
- Everyone should open up the paper, to reveal their viewfinder.
Find the view
- The person leading the activity should help everyone think about the basic steps to taking a great photo.
- Everyone should explore using their viewfinders, framing and ‘taking pictures of’ things and people that look interesting.
- If you’re struggling to get hold of a camera or smartphone, ask parents and carers, or contact a local photography club.
This activity helped you develop skills, including photography. What was the most important thing you learned about taking a photo? What was the best way to get a great shot? Once you’ve had a think, talk about your answers with a partner. Maybe you could think about holding the camera steady, keeping the light behind you, or finding a good background. How did it feel to learn a new skill (or get better at a skill you had)?
Now you’ve worked on your photography skills, how are you going to use them? What would you like to take a picture of? Take it in turns to share your answers with a partner, or the whole group. Like any skill, the more you practice, the better you’ll get, so why not try taking that photo at home (you can ask a parent or carer to help)?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Phones and cameras
Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.