Photography in the times of a pandemic

So you’re locked in. You have a camera (or a phone) and you love photography. You miss framing, composing, and capturing perfect moments from the world around you. The things that inspire you are far away, the places that draw you are inaccessible, and your muses are all locked in as well. You’re wondering what you can do till you’re allowed to step out again. Relatable? While no one knows for certain when the pandemic will end, what we can tell you is that this is a wonderful time to experiment with your craft and try and learn something new along the way. And we’ve got just the things to get you started.

Master the art of self-portraiture

Self-portraiture is an age-old tool of expression that has been employed by artists of all types. And social distancing is the perfect time to get your self-timers on — especially if you want to do something more than just your regular selfie. Try finding new ways to capture who you are — a silhouette, a shadow, a reflection. Focus on other parts of you apart from your face. And try and bring other objects into your frame that reflect who you are. Remember, a self-portrait is a reflection of self and you decide what that is.

Learn to edit better
Many times, capturing a moment is only half the job done. Post-processing and editing are what make your photos stand out. This is also essential to define your own unique aesthetic. Take this time to go through your gallery and find new ways to present old pictures. Trying a new crop or making subtle color corrections can entirely reinvent a previously unassuming photo. There are a million different ways to compost the look you are trying to achieve and the emotion you want to convey — and it begins with learning to edit better.

Try other kinds of photography
This is a no brainer — if you were into landscape photography, try macro photography. If you were into candids, experiment with portraits. If you liked food photography before, indulge in more abstract compositions now. The list is endless. There has never been a better time to learn a new skill set — which will undoubtedly help you with your photography once this is all over.

Document your every day

There is no getting around the fact that this is an unprecedented time in human history. And so many photographers are using the opportunity to document their everyday lives and the world around them. And the pictures have made one thing clear — there might never be another time in our lifetimes where the planet looks and feels the way it currently does. Abandoned streets, empty playgrounds, crowded balconies, nature flourishing, and much more make for dramatic photos. And even if you’re not looking for the extraordinary, documenting your mundane every day will be a good way to reflect on this time at some point in the future.

 

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“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” – Louisa May Alcott

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Remembering ☕💛 . #photojournaling #nikon

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There you have it. And while you are at it, send us some of your best quarantine photos. We’d love to show our community what you’ve been up to.

Isaac is currently in the middle of an existential crisis, contemplating the profound and profane in equal earnest.

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