April 19th, 2011
[youtube:7pLrV8GW214;Belvoir Terrace;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pLrV8GW214&feature=related]Creative talent takes many forms, and the expression of the path an individual may ultimately pursue often begins when they are young. While most of us imagine the stereotypical artist with a paintbrush in her hand carefully regarding her brushstrokes on a canvas, not every child (or even older) artist has the ability or desire to express herself that way. If your young artist has great creative ideas as well as an eye for beauty, but is more interested in snapping photos on her cell phone rather than picking up a paintbrush, you may have a future photographer in the family. There are summer art camps that teach camera and lighting skills that may be a perfect place for your little girl to spend some of her summer so she can explore her talents. Photographers use light, composition, and the world around them to create works of art that can be equally moving and evocative as a great painting or sculpture.
There are many reasons why digital photography is an especially wonderful way for young artists to express themselves. Everyone sees the world in a different way. Taking photographs provides a great opportunity for youngsters to display their own distinctive take on the world. Kids already love cameras – the majority of them walk around with them in the form of cell phones anyway. At a creative arts camp, however, children get the chance to discover the art of photography while experimenting with much more high-end equipment, and also to be taught how to work with different types of lighting effects, motion, and tricks of the trade including time lapse photography–giving them the ability to do much more than take snapshots of friends.
Photography also offers its young enthusiasts a much more genuine chance of eventually making a career out of their interest than many other art forms. While competition is still fierce, especially for the best jobs (such as those at magazines or other news outlets), there are many photographers who make great livings recording wedding ceremonies and other special events. Freelancers often make very respectable livings as well marketing individual photos to news stations, journals, etc. The more training your child has, the better her chances are of getting into this field as a long term career. A number of the best camps even send their participants home with rather impressive portfolios.
These camps often teach video photography too, as well as staging and the many components of video production, which thanks to the internet and the ever-expanding menu of television stations, is a field which will probably continue to grow for many years to come. YouTube and other video websites are significant, not only for showcasing funny pet and child videos, but also as a venue for businesses to advertise and promote themselves.
Just like many forms of art, photography is a wonderful way to teach kids independence and patience in addition to creativity, and spending a summer immersed in this endeavor is a wonderful way to learn. Thanks to digital photography, being able to experiment at very minimal expense, at least starting out, makes this talent one that can be cultivated at a very early age.
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If you are looking for a highly regarded summer arts camp author Stephen Daniels suggests you check out Belvoir Terrace. They offer a diverse schedule of classes, mostly centered primarily around the fine arts, but also offering traditional camping activities. Girls in grades 3 through 10 will find plenty to keep them busy at the beautiful Belvoir Terrace campgrounds estate in Lennox MA.