Photo scavenger hunt games
We’ve already shared some simple photo scavenger hunt games to play. The idea of these scavenger hunt games is to build up basic camera skills whilst amusing your child for a few precious minutes.
The next stage is to develop the scavenger hunt games principle whilst looking at some different photographic techniques and skills.
There is no right or wrong way to do these tasks. The key is to experiment and have fun!
There are two types of shadows your child will need to look for; shadows they find and shadows they create.
Both types of shadows can be created using natural or artificial lighting so experiment with both if possible.
We took a walk late in the afternoon when shadows were long and easy to find. The first challenge we needed to overcome was avoiding getting our shadows in the picture.
Then we tried taking pictures of our own shadows whilst avoiding getting the camera in the shot.
A silhouette is a wonderful way to make a creative image. It’s easy to do and just needs all little consideration and planning before you take the picture.
To begin with it is important to choose a strong and recognisable object to photograph. Pretty much anything can be used to create a silhouette.
Pick an uncluttered scene. The most dramatic silhouette images often use simple background such as sky and clouds. They looks best at sunset and sunrise.
Framing the image is another task where simplicity is key. Make sure to have your light behind the subject and consider all the other foreground elements in the frame.
The camera settings you need for a silhouette are fairly simple. The first step is to turn off your flash or HDR settings so that your main subject isn’t lit.
If you are using your camera on auto mode getting the right exposure can be tricky but not impossible. You need to convince your camera to correctly expose for the background. This will darken your main subject. If you are using a smartphone then all you may need to do it tap on the sky area till you see it properly exposed and your main subject darken.
Any other camera in auto mode might just need you to first point your camera into the lightest part of the scene and pressing the shutter halfway down before recomposing and pressing it the rest of the way.
If you’re photographing on a more advanced camera than your phone then have a look at this video from Gavin Hoey for some great tips.
Lighting and photographing through objects
These two photo scavenger hunt games are all about finding and identifying objects which have particular qualities.
The aim of the photo scavenger hunt game is to not only find the objects but to light and photograph them in a certain way.
Objects with holes in
The first part of this photo scavenger hunt game is to find objects with holes in.
We began with finding obvious objects like cheese graters but then also found a tiara, miniature shopping trolley and a Lego building.
Light through holes
We lit the object with a torch positioning them just a short distance from a plain wall.
We experimented with bringing the light closer and further away from the object.
See through objects
The aim of this photo scavenger hunt game is to find objects that are see through like glass or plastic. We found a variety of glass and plastic objects which. A couple of them also contained liquids.
What we are looking for is refraction. This is the bending of light as it passes through glass or water. It is worth experimenting with different coloured liquids and glass.