The world is still on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has turned into a photographer’s worst nightmare. Landscape, street, nature, and event photographs are all quite difficult to come by. But it doesn’t mean we can’t be creative when we’re stuck at home. Quarantine photography can be a lot of fun, and it may help you advance in your profession.
If you’re looking for ways to keep active and creative as a photographer during the COVID-19 quarantine, I’ve got you covered.
I’ve also been hiding behind walls, but that doesn’t imply my photographic profession (or passion) has come to an end. The circumstances, on the other hand, has compelled me to learn and find beautiful images in otherwise mundane themes. I’m honing my composition skills, thinking outside the box, capturing amazing images, and even making money. All from the comfort of your own home!
1. Take advantage of the free courses available:
Photographers are unable to relax. It’s in our nature to keep evolving and developing. With so much free time, it’s critical that we focus on expanding our knowledge. Many firms and personalities, thankfully, are supporting the community by providing free photography classes. Here are a few of our favorite’s.
- Open Courseware at MIT: MIT offers a series of free courses on photography and related media. This one is jam-packed with instructional materials that cover the fundamentals of photography.
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a Open Educational Resources (OER) Documentary photography and photojournalism: Here’s another excellent course for more experienced photographers interested in pursuing careers in media and journalism.
- Udemy is an online learning platform: This site is dedicated to providing online courses. Their class variety is impressive, and many of them are free. When you’re ready for more advanced material, they also offer paid courses.
2. Study blogs, YouTubers, and other social media influencers:
You can learn several photography tips from social media influencers and photographer like me you can contact me through my Instagram.
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3. Make your own content:
People are being forced to stay indoors due of quarantine. This means there are a lot of unemployed photographers and a small number of prospective photographers with spare time. You can also generate your own material if you are a seasoned photographer with tips and ideas to share with the community.
YouTube is a fantastic place to share your photography expertise with others. While they won’t pay you directly, cultivating an audience and allowing advertising can help you earn money in the long run. You can also use websites like Patreon to solicit aid from your audience, or just provide your PayPal account information to receive donations. You might even take a more official approach and sell your lectures and tutorials online. This is a fantastic substitute for quarantine photos.
4. Experiment with macro photography:
If the lock-down doesn’t allow you to see the big picture, focus on the small one. We have much to learn from the little things in life and there is beauty to be found in all objects. Macro photography is about shooting small things up close. Surely you have flowers, textured walls, pets, and many other cool-looking objects to use as subjects.
We have a full article on what macro photography is and how to do it, so give it a read by clicking the link below.
5. Shoot some portraits and studio photos:
We understand that you won’t be getting visitors at your home, but portrait photography may be a lucrative business, and you can begin practising right now. You may set up a studio at home and photograph solid backdrop portraits in a variety of ways. If you really want to get into it, you can also acquire cool backdrops. You could also start a more fascinating project, such as pet portraits. Here is the pictures below of my mother. Where I can do a double exposure. Indoors, you can do amazing things!
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6. Use stock photography to earn money on the side:
Stock photography is a good option for those who want to earn money while they sleep. People require images for a variety of reasons, including advertising, design, and content. These don’t normally sell for a lot of money, but they can be sold numerous times and earn you a lot of money in the long term. Because hiring a photographer for each session isn’t always feasible, businesses turn to stock photography libraries (now available online) to discover suitable photographs. That’s where you’re needed!
You may shoot stock quarantine photography of anything, just like product photography. I took the photo above to include in an article about what to use and what not to use to clean your phone. If there wasn’t a specialised photographer on hand, the website would have paid for the rights to use a stock shot that looked quite similar. Food, random home things, tools, textures, technology, and more might all be photographed. You could even want to shoot some virus-related photographs while the topic is hot.
7. Sell your editing skills ! :
If you’re a photographer, you’re probably used to editing. That is a skill for which people pay money. While you may not be able to go to an office to edit or meet with clients, the internet can assist you in finding editing job from home. To begin, you can advertise your work using the internet, social media, and advertising.
8. Re-edit old images:
Photographers, as previously stated, are always developing. I’ve improved as a picture editor over time and enjoy fixing old photos. The results are nearly always better than before, and I get to try out fresh and innovative modifications. Take a look at the black and white. Warm up or cool down the hues. Edit your quarantine photography to your heart’s content!
Editing software evolves as well. Perhaps you now have access to new features and tools that you didn’t have before! Or perhaps you’ve upgraded your gear and accessories to allow for greater editing.
9. Improve the quality of your smartphone photos:
Isn’t it true that the best camera is the one you have on you? It’s absolutely correct. I put this to the test when I decided to buy a cheap phone and see what I could get out of it. Even low-cost phones can now capture excellent images, so familiarise yourself with the phone’s capabilities so you’ll be prepared when the perfect moment presents itself and you don’t have access to a serious camera.
Fellow photographers, keep your creativity flowing. It’s a difficult world out there, and we’ll need artists to help us tell this storey. Let’s be safe and think on what we’ve accomplished. This is also an excellent opportunity to hone our talents in quarantine photography so that we can better help society.
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