Chances are your curious kid has seen you tinkering around with your camera. It's about time to teach them the Lomography basics! The goal here is not to get your little one shooting super sharp and perfectly composed photos, but to foster their creativity and share some nice quality time together. Remember to keep it light, easy, simple, and fun.
Pinhole photography is sure to get kids excited. After all, you can create a camera out of simple household items, such as a milk carton box. This will be a fun project to work on together — and you can experiment with different materials and teach them the basics of photography while you're at it. Here's a handy guide for reference.
If the kids are ready to move on from pinhole photography, the next step is using Lomography cameras. Here are some of our kid-friendly suggestions:
Simple Use Film Camera - True to its name, the Simple Use Film Camera is an easy-to-use, point-and-shoot camera. It’s small, lightweight and available in three editions, each pre-loaded with a different Lomography film: Color Negative 400, LomoChrome Purple 400, and Lady Grey 400. Kids will also love using the color gel filters attached to the Color Negative and LomoChrome Purple editions, as it’ll allow them to tint their photos a whole new hue.
Fisheye No. 2 - With a 170-degree view, it will be delightful for a child to capture the world in a distorted circular perspective!
Diana Baby 110 - Small and cute, the Diana Baby 110 feels like a toy, but it's a real camera that takes fun-sized pictures. Ideal for little hands who are just learning to hold a camera!
Supersampler - This camera functions with a pull of a ripcord, and captures four sequential images in one photo. The Supersampler is so easy to use and doesn't even require your kid to look through a viewfinder.
Lomo'Instant Automat Glass - The fastest way to enjoy analogue photography is with an instant camera. For the little one who simply just can't wait to see the photo they've taken, the Lomo'Instant Automat Glass is the perfect option. It will also allow you to teach them about the magic of multiple exposures in just one easy switch.
Now, what to do with all the prints? Compile your child's first photos by assembling a scrapbook together. Take note of the date, time, and place where they had their first photo shoot. In a few years, it will be nice to look back and remember your child’s first dive into analogue. Another option is to decorate your wall by making a LomoWall — a great bonding activity for the whole family!