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Camera Activities for Kids

Ghost Pictures

Your friends will think they've seen a ghost when they look at your photo!
Your friends will think they've seen a ghost when they look at your photo!
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Make ghost pictures with a little clever trickery! The camera will "see" things that aren't really there, so it will look as if you've actually captured the image of a ghost.

This activity works best if you take the picture with a camera that uses film, but you can try using a digital camera with a black-and-white setting as well.


What You'll Need:

  • White sheet
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Black-and-white film
  • Markers
  • Construction paper

How to Make Ghost Pictures:

Step 1: Have a friend or family member wear a white sheet. (This is your "ghost"!)

Step 2: Shine a flashlight on the "ghost."

Step 3: Set the camera on the table. Look through the lens and adjust the position of the camera so that the ghost is toward the left in the viewfinder.

Step 4: Set the shutter speed for one second. Now turn off all the lights in the room.

Step 5: Push the camera button to take a picture, then move the camera slightly.

Step 6: Take more ghost pictures. This time instead of moving the camera, tell the "ghost" to move very slowly.

For an extra-special touch, draw a picture of a haunted house, then add the ghostly photos to your picture.

Cameras work in much the same way as your eye views images. Learn more on the next page.

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