These are strange times. COVID-19 has radically changed daily life around the world. Masks have become normal, handshakes have become uncommon, and life now generally centres around activities in the home.
If you're going to be stuck at home for the next few weeks, you may be wondering what you can do to keep practising photography. Here are some ideas!
Photograph your loved ones
Pets, children, spouse; since you're all spending more time together, it's a great opportunity to capture memories - especially at this watershed moment in history.
Take some photos around the house
Style things up for some practice with lighting and still-life photography.
Take some selfies
Not cellphone selfies - nice ones, since you know how to operate your camera.
I didn't have time to shoot a proper selfie so here's one from ages ago taken in Brooklyn
Combine your interests
Are you into yoga? Put your camera on a tripod, set the timer, and turn your next home yoga session into a mini photoshoot. Have you been baking? Style it up and use this as an opportunity to practice lighting and shooting.
My first attempt at baking - a lemon drizzle cake for my wife's birthday while we were in lockdown. We got excited about how the cake turned out and commemorated it with an impromptu mini-shoot.
Pull out old photos and re-edit them
Sometimes it's only when you re-edit an old photo that you begin to see what you've learned since then, how your editing and photography has improved, or how your style/taste has changed. This will help keep you motivated. Sometimes it also reveals hidden gems!
This is from a yoga shoot 4 years ago and shows how my taste in editing has changed over time.
Try some water droplet photos
Check out this cool tutorial video from Adorama - I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
Hope you find that these ideas keep the creative juices flowing!
If you find these tips useful, please consider sharing your photos with the community by tagging #dharmaportraits on your Instagram photos - I'd love to see how you're using these tips to create beautiful photos.