5 Things to Help Your Photography During Covid-19
We're all stuck in the same situation. Day whatever it is, locked inside our homes hoping that tomorrow is finally the day that President Trump declares the National Emergency is over and we won the fight against the Coronavirus. While you're sitting on your couch doing nothing, here are 5 things that can help improve your photography during these unprecedented times.
1. Learn Your Photo Editor Better
Lightroom, Photoshop, Pixlr, DaVinci, whatever you use, you can always learn more. Watch YouTube tutorials to improve on your editing abilities. I know Peter McKinnon used to do a ton of Lightroom tutorials which are extremely helpful. I watch YouTube tutorials all the time to help myself become a better post-processor, you can never know enough.
2. Play With Lighting
If you have the access to strobes or speedlights and you aren't that familiar with them, take this opportunity to learn them. Learn how to shoot on-camera flash, off camera flash, how lighting changes and the difference between hard and soft light. I know these are very basic things but some people don't understand them and this is the perfect opportunity to learn. If you have a pet at home, use them as your model. They hardly ever complain about being photographed 1000 times over and you don't have to pay them. Once again, watch YouTube tutorials. You can learn so so much by simply watching a 10 minute video.
This is one thing that I definitely want to do in the coming days. Take a self-portrait. Practice what you learned from watching YouTube tutorials about editing and lighting and apply it in practice. Every can use a new website photo of themselves and once again, you don't have to pay the model. This technique will also help you communicate with your clients better since we are rarely the ones in front of the camera.
4. Rewrite Your About Me
While this won't necessarily make you a better photographer, it sure will help your potential clients who visit your website. Don't be overly specific as people have short attention spans. We only have a limited amount of time to capture our audience when they visit our sites, your About Me page should be top priority when looking at your site.
5. Have Fun
Finally, just have fun. Shoot anything and everything inside your house. Flash. No Flash. Your pets. You. Anything. It may seem like a waste of time, but this is how you improve. You don't even realize it, but your practicing and practice makes perfect.
I wish everyone good health in the days and weeks to come. Please adhere to social distancing and self-quarantining. The longer we don't listen, the longer this is going to be. And most importanlty, wash your hands.