You love taking cool pic and videos of yourself and friends having fun. Have you ever thought about what it's like to be a real photographer? It can be a great way to get in touch with your creative side. It can also be a fun way to spend active time outdoors (better than sitting inside, watching TV or playing computer games). And who knows, you just might discover that you have a natural talent!

If you own a smart phone or can use a family member's video or still digital camera, here are a few ways in which you can begin to develop your photography skills while getting away from the TV screen: 

  • Start at your front door. What can you see — if you take a long shot? Can you zoom in on something far away? How about focusing in on something really close — a rock, a plant, a squirrel in a nearby tree?
  • Go sightseeing. Walk around your neighborhood, a local park, or a nearby street. While doing so, think like a photographer. What's fun to look at? What's funny? What's interesting? Look for unusual color combinations, shapes or angles, textures, or something that looks like something else!
  • Take pictures of peoplewith a theme. How about people from the back? Or people in their cars? People and their pets?
  • Different day, week, and season. Choose something and take pictures of it at different times of the day, week, or even during different seasons. Compare pictures to see how the same object or scene changes.

A camera can change the way you look at the world while incorporating some active fun!