Last year we turned over an old point-and-shoot camera to our three-year-old. He loves the responsibility of being entrusted with an actual camera of his own. And his low-angle photos give us a unique perspective on our daily life at home. Our only trouble has been taking the time to routinely transfer and organize the photos off his memory card.
Then we heard about a nifty trick employed by blogger Jason Kottke, who came up with a simple way to have his son's camera post-automatically to a Flickr Photo Stream. It's easier than you think.
Jason, of kottke.org, gave his three-year-old son Ollie a digital camera he had laying around and cleverly installed an Eye-Fi SD card set up to wirelessly upload to a private Flickr Stream, giving his family instant access to his photographic escapades. Brilliant. Check out his blog entry on the subject, as well a glimpse of some of Ollie's personal snap shots.
Eye-Fi (recently reviewed on Unplggd) is a regular SD memory card that when in range of a trusted wi-fi network will automatically upload photos to a specified computer or photo-sharing site of your choice.
Teaching kids to operate their own camera, or letting them play the role of "official" family photographer is a great way to bolster confidence. Plus, it can result in some really special photos taken from a unique point of view.
For instance, it wasn't until our son started snapping away around the house that I realized how few photos there are of my wife and I together. Granted, not all of his photos of us are flattering, but they're slice of life moments I wouldn't have thought to document (e.g. flossing, bed hair, cleaning a litter box, etc.), and in some ways even more relevant when I consider he's our little guy behind the lens, watching us.
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(Image: Ben Partridge)