Summer is a great time for kids to chill out and be creative. Taking photos is an excellent way for them to experiment with a variety of devices and apps. And digital photography is so kid-friendly.
Instead of waiting for film to come back from a store like in days past, kids can click and view in real time, which encourages them to experiment and take risks. Photography can also be a hobby that feeds kids' imaginations and spurs originality. What's more, kids can express themselves and learn about the world around them in the process of capturing images.
Whether kids are composing a collage of photos from a family vacation or arranging shots of the family pet, there are a variety of great free apps that will help them tap into their inner artists.
Here are four apps that will surely inspire kids to start snapping.
This robust graphic-design tool for the web and iOS lets students upload their own images and create their own layouts or choose from a selection of thousands of templates. Creators can adjust brightness and contrast, resize images, overlay images with text and colors, and more. Students can store their designs in the cloud or easily share or download them.
This super-powerful photography, image-editing, and drawing app is like Photoshop, Pinterest, Flickr, and a professional camera all rolled into one. The app's functionality includes a camera with time lapse, burst, front and back views, effects, stickers, backgrounds, collage, drawing (on photo, blank, or background), and much more.
Though a little more difficult to use than other photo apps, PicCollage is still no sweat for an upper-elementary or older student. Kids can start with a blank canvas or a template and add their photos, stickers, or text to create a fun medley of photos.
Pixlr is a photography app with all the basic tools a budding photographer could want. As kids experiment with the app's tools, they learn about such art and design techniques as line, color, and composition.
With your encouragement, photography apps like these can help students develop a lifelong photography hobby as well as wonderful memories of their adventures to keep and share.