If your child’s school has a tour for parents and children, take it and get photographs of key locations in the school. Can the child sit at a desk or table? Can the child play in the playground? Can the child chat with his prospective teacher or take a short ride around the parking lot on the school bus? Is the child’s name on a storage bin, desk, table or a locker? Be sure to get the child into as many different scenes and photos as practically possible.
All of these locales in the school will make great additions to your “First Day of School" photo book or online album. These pictures can also help reduce the inevitable anxiety and stress. Show the photos to your child, asking, “What is this?" “Did you like doing this?" “What happened when you were here?"
Try not to use flash during these photo sessions to minimize trauma or impact on the child. Use an ISO setting of 400 or 800 to simulate increased film speed or pixel sensitivity. You can also set the shutter speed for 1/125th second and the aperture at f/8 or f/5.6 for a broad range of flash-free, candid photographs during the course of the day’s activities. Get a wide variety of digital image types and compositions including:
· Close-ups of the child during periods of activity
· Overall shots of the classroom or activity areas
· Small group shots of the child inter-acting with the teacher, other children or their learning environment
· Signs, labels and the child’s name where ever it might appear
· Views of the school areas, cafeteria, playground, music facilities, etc.