Photo Safari

Photo Safari

Good scientists are good observers. They notice things and they ask questions about what they see. Do you have a camera you can use? Taking pictures can help make you a better observer. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Try to take a photograph of something to show each color of the rainbow. The colors are ROY G. BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). Can you find at least one thing for each of those seven colors? Green will be easy in the summer with all those green plants outdoors.

How many different animals can you take a picture of? If you can visit a zoo, take pictures of some of the animals there. Find out more about the animals you photograph.

Do you have a hummingbird feeder out? Can you get a picture of a hummingbird using it? How about a birdbath? Can you get a picture of a bird using the birdbath?

Do you have a pet? Try to make a photo story of a day in the life of your pet. 

Take pictures of different kinds of clouds. Find out their official names.

Can you take a picture that really shows hot summer weather? Can you take one that shows a rainy day or a thunderstorm? Can you take a picture that really shows the cool of a summer morning, or the heat of an afternoon?

See if you can get a picture of a baby plant and of a big plant of the same kind.

TIP: Take the picture of the big tree or bush first and then look for a little one nearby that has the same kind of leaf. A Rose-of-Sharon bush would be a good example because they often have a lot of seedlings nearby. 

Take a picture of a sunset. Get up early some morning and take a picture of a sunrise. Are there trees or buildings near where you see the sun? Are they different ones in the morning than in the evening?

Going on a trip this summer? Take some pictures that show what the trip was like, where you went, and what you did.

Looking at good photographs can help you take better pictures.

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