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Pose for a picture

Use a simple viewfinder and your imagination to find out what makes a great photograph, then get snapping.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • 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

  1. Everyone should take a piece of scrap paper or junk mail and fold it in half.
  2. 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.
  3. Everyone should open up the paper, to reveal their viewfinder.

Find the view

  1. The person leading the activity should help everyone think about the basic steps to taking a great photo.
  1. Everyone should explore using their viewfinders, framing and ‘taking pictures of’ things and people that look interesting.
  1. If you’re struggling to get hold of a camera or smartphone, ask parents and carers, or contact a local photography club.

Reflection

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)?

Safety

Scissors

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.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.