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If it seems like your kids are spending too much time connected to video games or the computer. It may be time to get them started on a new hobby using old technology.


Better Female Speaker: And if it seems your kids are spending too much time connected to video games or even the computer, it maybe time to get them started on a new hobby using old technology. Tony may have found just the thing in todays Better Parenting. Tony Martinez: If you show this roll of film to the average ten year old they probably wouldn't even know what it's for, but we're going to put that digital revolution on hold today. We're at the Newspace Center for Photography where kids are going back in time to capture the present. Female Speaker: This is the roots of photography. Tony Martinez: Taking a technological step backwards this group of three teens is learning the art of photography from the ground up. Debbie Baxter: I feel like this is how you get a real good grasp of photography. Tony Martinez: These kids are taking pictures with a type of SLR film cameras after began to lose popularity when digital cameras came on the scene about 10 years ago. One of the first thing that you notice is that after taking a picture nobody checks the screen to see how it turned out. That won't happen until the film is developed hours from now. One of the first things kids learn with shooting with film is patience. Debbie Baxter: I call it like magic because you know you have no idea what your pictures look like. As far as patience goes you know I think it depends on who they are and their age and you know according to that. Tony Martinez: Shooting with film helps kids focus more on the entire process of photography unless on just the results. For most kids today that's a huge shift in perspective. Debbie Baxter: It's really good for kids to sit and think about things and to really allow what they're doing to make to create a process. You really look at some thing, what is the light doing and how is my angle and will this look okay and what if happens if I get lower and you really working to find a perfect shot and I think it becomes more of an art form that way. Tony Martinez: In an increasing fast pace and disposable world parents find that when their kids are shooting with film it gives them something they just can't get from a video game or a computer screen. Sukhi Martinez: It's more of an authentic sort of experience I think for my daughter and really artistic and the way that they -- just the way that they were composed or something that I would never see from a digital photo. I think she puts more thought into each shot you know when she's taking the pictures with the manual camera. Tony Martinez: For parents anytime you can help your child stop thinking wonder you know you're on to something good and then in the end you've got a nice print to show for him. Debbie Baxter: You see the photograph rising on to the paper like seeping into the paper, it really it' like magic, it's just like uh there it is, you know and it's exciting, it's really fun and I think it's just a great thing for kids to do. Tony Martinez: You know I haven't held a film camera on my hand for a couple of years and it feels great heavy and substantial. All the things Debbie pointed out that kids are learning by doing film photography is patience, something that I think most parents agree most kids it just little more rough. I'm Tony Martinez, thanks for watching. Female Speaker: If you like more information about the kids programs at the Newspace Center for Photography you can find a link to their website at bettertv.com. We will be right back.