Street shooting with a 4-year old

Discussion in 'People Photography' started by Iron Flatline, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. I have three young sons, all of whom are interested in photography to some degree. I took my four-year old (the middle one) out for a day of shooting over the weekend, and w had a lot of fun. I grabbed my fancy Leica M8 with a 35mm 'Lux, and gave him my trusty Canon G9. I like "Street Photography" in the sense that I try to capture the feeling of what is going on around me emotionally. But some people get all weird and tense about shooting strangers, so I thought I'd teach him not to be shy early on.

    Well, it was cold, so we decided to ride the S-Bahn here in here Berlin.

    Check these out:

    The first image he framed really well. It could be (strongly!) argued that his shot might have been better if I had turned his flash off for him... and that it was better without the sweeper guy in the shot...

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    The next two shots we both decided to photograph a man reading a paper:

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    The next series is phenomenal in my mind. We rode the S-Bahn to the main train station, and I showed him all the ICE high-speed trains going to othe major cities. I explained to him that these people were going far away, just like taking a plane. I may have had the patience to wait for a better facial expression from my subjects, but he caught the mood of the place better by including the kissing couple saying good-bye. Note his reflection in my shot:

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    Here's a pic he took of me, followed by one I took of him. I was trying to teach him the cool-and-detached look all us artsy photographers use. Note that he wanted a scarf just like Papa, so I tied a Khmer headscarf that I brought back from Cambodia around his neck.

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    More "mutual admiration" shots:

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    What are other people doing with their kids in terms of teaching them photography?
     
  2. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I dunnot have any yet but I have allowed my neice (9) to play with my AE-1 on a few occations, but she has not seemed to feel the need to take the shot.

    On the other hand I allowed one of my other neises (7) to use my C-743, I'll have to look and see if I can find the shots she took.

    When I do have a child old enough I fully intend to either give them my (or buy them their own) AE-1 and will prolly do much the same.
     
  3. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Another little smile put on my face for the morning. Thanks
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ahah I do still have it there are more but....

    That would have turned out way better if I had not left the flash off. Also I don't know how the exposure compensation got to -1.00 but that is what the exif tells me.
     
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    That's adorable :)
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As always.... :thumbup:

    Love them... your son is developing his skills quite nicely. I hope to spark the same interest in my son when he's older.

    The last one is SOOOOoooo adorable.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's Awesome...I can't wait to take my son out shooting with me....I'll have a while to wait, he's only 4 weeks old today.

    I think we talked about them before, but have you seen the digital cameras made for young kids? I'll be getting my son one of these before long.
     
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    It's nice to see a father and son trip, different generations taking on the same subjects and their interpretations of them. Thanks for posting this. Your son has a good eye for opportunities, and I love the mood of your ones.

    A question: have you ever been confronted by someone you have been taking a candid of? What have you done/would you do in such a situation?
     
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    That was amazingly cute. Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

    pm63: When I was in our local Chinese supermarket, I was taking a picture of one of the aisles and the owner of the store came out and told me to leave. As that roll of film is still in my camera, I don't know whether I caught him coming up to me with his hand up and that angry expression on his face... but I hope! As for what I did: "Sorry." Then my dad and I went and bought a drink from there, as if to make it up to him. But I never, under any circumstances, delete the photo or offer my film to the people unhappy about it.
     
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    great! That last one is the best!





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    Very nice, my daughter (6) has taken the P&S quite a bit and really trys to mimick me. This coming summer I intend to do what you did with your son, and see what she can come up with. She has entered some of her P&S photos in the county fair for Cloverbuds and actually won Judges Choice.
     
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    You have convinced me to be patient and let the oldest tag along ( he's 6 1/2 ) ... he shows an interest in taking pictures and maybe this is something that he will really enjoy given the chance. Thank you!

    The shots were nice. Kinda a "pull at your heartstrings" story What's better than a child wanting to be just like their mom/dad?
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