I came across a really pretty picture that an 11-year-old took at twilight and I am really amazed at how professional the picture looks. There’s a good chance that if the age of the child was not on the page, not many people would be able to guess a child took the picture. I think that as an educator, I would love to give my students opportunities to take disposable cameras to take pictures at different times of the day or just different aspects of their lives. One factor that I think plays a part in a child’s photography skills is the amount of opportunity they get to practice and to explore. For example, if a child rarely gets the chance to go outdoors they would not have many pictures of the environment/scenery.
The article by Sharples, Davison, Thomas, and Rudman (2003) makes an interesting statement about how the older children get the more they try to take adult-like pictures – with “posed idealized images”. From personal experience, my brother, who is 11-years-old often likes to try and capture action images. He attempts to take pictures while someone is jumping, running, or dodging, but soon realizes that because the camera has a slight delay, he is unable to capture such a picture.