So we have been in “quarantine” or staying home “voluntarily” for a couple of weeks now. As an introvert, I don’t mind it. My teenage kids, not so much.
But time at home doesn’t have to be all bad. If you can ignore the anxiety inducing media and take a few steps back from the situation, you might see this time as a blessing.
If you aren’t an essential worker or sick, this time to stay at home may give you the clear schedule you need to get some goals checked off your list.
So today, I want to talk about photography and things you can do to improve your photography skills while in quarantine.
5 Things You Can Do To Increase Photography Skills During Quarantine
1. Personal Project
Personal projects are something you can choose to take on any time of year.
I chose to do a 365 project this year, and I am so glad I did. It has helped me document what is going on in our lives and I will be making a book out of the photos at the end of the year.
There are many types of personal projects you can do. I wrote a post about this topic at the beginning of the year. You can check it out here —> 6 Photography Projects to Increase Your Creativity and Get You Out Of A Rut.
Look thru these suggestions and see if you can find something to occupy your mind during the quarantine. You might even increase your portfolio as well.
2. Learn How To Shoot In Manual Mode
Shooting in manual mode with your DSLR will increase your photography skills exponentially.
By shooting in manual mode, you will be able to pick the settings that will bring your photographic vision to life.
But it isn’t an easy thing to learn. It takes time and practice.
Well, guess what? You now have time to practice and maybe some (not so) willing subjects to practice on.
If you would like to emerge from the quarantine cocoon as a manual mode shooting butterfly (just in time for summer), this is your chance.
Click here to find out more about my ebook that will help you thru this process quickly and seamlessly —> Mastering Manual Mode for Beginners.
You can take photos of your kids, pets or anything around your house or yard to practice manual mode. You don’t need to travel to exotic destinations to get this right.
3. Take Online Classes
KelbyOne– This is a membership site, where you pay a monthly fee to watch as many videos about photography as you want.
They have tons of different topics on photography, editing, lighting and so much more.
CreativeLive– This site covers lots of creative genres, not just photography. You can watch weekly classes for free or buy the class for instant access anytime.
They cover photo, video, music, art, design and so much more. Click the link above and see what you can learn this month for free!
ClickinMoms– This site has online courses in many different types of photography. There are quick, breakout courses and more in-depth full online courses there.
You can also get a membership to the site for a great forum resource of amazing female photographers.
Use this “extra time” to learn something new and apply it in your photography right now.
4. Record What’s Going On For History
This quarantine and coronavirus madness (hopefully) only happens every 100 years. That means we are living in an unprecedented time in history.
Use your photography skills to record what’s going on with the pandemic in your area. People will want to look back on this time and learn more for future events.
Here are a few ideas to photograph to record the pandemic:
- show how your community is joining together
- how has everyday life changed?
- what things is your family doing to pass time?
- school closed? off work? record these changes
- record activities you are doing you wouldn’t have had time for before
- take pictures of people in face masks (if appropriate)
- has anyone in your home been sick? record their daily actions
These are just a few things you might want to record. There are so many more.
Just look around you and think “what will my grandchildren or great grandchildren want to know about this moment in history?” Then snap away.
5. Try Something New
Is there a type of photography you have been wanting to try but just haven’t had the time to dig in and learn it? Now is the time.
Maybe you want to start cooking more and learning food photography.
Maybe you want to buy a macro lens and learn macro photography. You don’t need a big setting to learn macro photography. You can shoot everyday objects or bugs in your backyard and make them look amazing.
Learning something new takes time and time is what you have now. So make the most of it.
After all, it is your choice how you spend your time in quarantine. Some days you may not feel like doing much of anything, and that’s okay.
But for those days that you want to take out your camera, I hope these ideas help you know what to do with it.
Take advantage of the time you’ve been given to slow down and take it all in. And record these things for posterity.
Good luck to you and I hope you and your family stay well.
What photography activities have you already done during the quarantine? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!