Photography Ideas for Teens

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Photography Ideas for Teens
Teens can learn to look at the world in different ways through a camera lens. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Photography is an approachable hobby due to the development of affordable digital cameras. As teenagers become more tech-savvy, they are more attracted to digital devices such as cameras. These cameras can be used for simple snapshots, or they can be used to teach teenagers photography. Using photography, teens can document their worlds and experiences. They can gain a sense of accomplishment and pride, as well as technological skills and artistic talent, by learning photography.

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Animals and Pets

Pets and animals make good subjects for teenagers learning photography. Having an emotional connection with her subject can help a teen take better photos, because she is interested in it. Animals and pets also tend to move suddenly and quickly. This provides teenagers with an opportunity to practice taking blurred motion shots, as well as frozen shots of motion. Teenagers with volunteer jobs at animal shelters or students with class pets can also use them for practicing photography.


Teenagers are in a transition period between childhood and adulthood, and this gives them a unique perspective on life. Teenagers tend to hide things from adults, and find communicating with them difficult. Using photography to document his life, friends, hobbies, and experiences is a way for a teen to share his perspective with the world. Sharing his unique take on life through images can educate others about what it's like being a teenager in his town.


When travelling with family, or on school trips, teenagers can take the opportunity to photograph the places they go. In addition to photographs of cities or nature, teenagers can share their world by taking photos of their friends' rooms, and the places teenagers spend time. Images of teenagers' normal environments give adults an image of what teenage life is like today. For teenagers living in the city, graffiti and urban decay provide interesting subjects.


With their own unique style, teenagers express their individuality. Taking portraits teaches photographers how to adjust their lighting and what angles to use to make their subjects look good. Teenagers taking portraits have the opportunity to show teens of all types in different ways. Alternative teens, teens into punk, and teenagers with unique appearances all make appropriate subjects for portraits, since they're something different. Portraits of friends can be serious or fun; it's OK if they make funny faces.

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