Yes, yes, another article with ideas about what to do during shutdown, even as the shutdown is easing off. If you’ve already got more than enough to keep you occupied or you’re just sick to death of articles trying to be helpful, just move on.
But if, like me, you’re taking advantageof the quieter times and cancelled social occasions and travel to learn new skills and you love photography, read on. Here’s a collection of online webinars, activities and ideas to get your creative juices flowing and enable you to hone your skills.
HeadOn(line) Photography Festival
Photography lovers – pay attention, but be quick. Head On(line) Photography Festival is go! Given the live event had to be cancelled, they transformed it into an online feast of free artists talks, conversations, panel discussions and webinars to brush up on your photography skills. On now until 17th May so not too long to go.
Check out the list of events at the link below and register to attend your sessions of choice. I think you have to register 24 hours before hand, then you get a link to watch the webinar live. There will also be replays but you may have had to register beforehand to see these.
And yes – these are all free, although if you are in a position to donate, donations are very welcomed to allay costs.
You can find the festival program here.
Online tutorials and learning
The list of opportunities to learn online is almost exhausting – and there is a staggering amount of free stuff available.
You can start with the Digital Photography School (dPS) which has enough information and resources to keep you occupied for the rest of your life –oodles for free, like daily tips, resources and free tutorials that will help you get the most out your photography. And nope – this is not sponsored.
You can sign up for free membership which will get you:
- Access to library of free guides
- Community Facebook Group with weekly challenges
- Weekly updates on our latest tips, tutorials and news
- Occasional special offers (that’s where they’ll try to sell you stuff but no obligation)
I did a photo tour workshop some time back in Vietnam with Pieter Janssen, a Dutch photographer in Hoi An. Pieter, like so many others in the travel industry, has lost his income as there are no travellers so he’s turned to online classes instead via Zoom. You can pick classes from some for $10 US a session or tailor an individual one for yourself for a bit more. (As a side note, I keep thinking about all people across the world whose livelihoods have been decimated without tourists and who have no other means of support, including government support. Tough indeed. As as another side note, if you haven’t been to Hoi An, put it on your travel list – a photographer’s paradise.)
If you want some instruction that’s more focused on your camera type, you can head to Canon, or Olympus, Nikon etc, or even those who concentrate on I-Phone photography.
Olympus Learn Center (not in Australia if you noticed the spelling) has a similar learning hub with a wealth of resources – you’ll find it here. Here you’ll find tips and instructions on how to use Olympus cameras or more general tutorials and instruction on just about any photography topic you can think of, no matter which brand camera you do. Lots of online workshops being put up at the moment in these quiet times. You must register first to get the link.
They also have challenges every so often to keep you inspired and creative. Go nuts. Events currently cancelled but you may find a photo tour that tickles your fancy for future reference.
Canon have a similar thing including a more specific focus on their own gear, but that doesn’t mean other brand-users are excluded. While events are currently cancelled, there’s lots of online learning, creative challenges and workshops either through their website, Instagram or Facebook page.
Canon has very active community of users and offers regular ‘challenges’ on a theme to get your creative juices flowing and to get lots of inspo from others. Check out their Facebook and Insta pages.
Ted’s Cameras has a great blog with lots of Teducation – boom boom – with tips and tutorials on just about every photography type or topic, as well as information about equipment. Just for a taster, here’s one where a Ted’s Academy Trainer talks you through tips for indoor portrait photography or the best settings to get the best out of vlogging. Anyone into that?
Look out for their regular photo competitions on Insta.
If photo challenges are your jam, here’s a few to get you going – hyperlinks included. You’re welcome.
Canon Leap Challenge – not live but can do yourself at any time
Life Hacker – 52 week photo challenge
Australian Photography – photo ideas for self isolation
You can sign up to the challenges on their website (https://photographychallenges.com then head over to the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/photochallengesgroup/
If you still want more, you can undertake a fuller course. I did one recently at my local CIT (TAFE equivalent) which was excellent. I found when I was paying for the course, was committed to it and had assignments to submit, that really kept me on track.
The Australian Centre for Photography is moving with the times and has just announced online learning, including one on one tutorials.
Lots of the other places mentioned above also have paid workshops as well as their free ones.
If you’ve got any recommendations for great places for photography learning and inspiration, I’d love your suggestions.