Quarantine Resources For Photographers
Brian, you are a full time school teacher and part time professional photographer, how has COVID-19 impacted you?
Brian: Wow. Where to begin? Our school building closed down two weeks ago and we have moved to teaching online. Fortunately, I’m in a community where students have the technology and we’ve used aspects of it in the classroom a bit this past year, so the transition for teaching hasn’t been too difficult. Been making fun YouTube videos for my students to try to keep things entertaining for them! “Students around the world are in tears as they see their teachers become famous YouTubers before they do!” My role has increased tremendously though. Fortunately, my wife is still employed. She’s been working above our garage in the studio space I’ve been working on over the years. My daughter graduated from high school early so she doesn’t have school work. It’s mainly been me helping our three boys with their school, making food, cleaning the house, etc. Basically attempting to do what my wife did for many years, only, I’m not my wife. I struggle at juggling it all.
I’m an optimist though. I went into this with the thought of channeling my inner Nick Page and trying to take advantage of this opportunity. When Nick had his back surgery, he spent like 6 months just watching and learning photography and Photoshop. He took a difficult situation and made the best out of it. This inspires me. I want to use this time to expand my skills and master my photography. When this is all over, I need to come out of it better than what I was. I need to be more valuable than I am now. To me, this is a great opportunity to capture history through photos and what I feel is becoming more of the future – with videography. I’m going to use this time to capture the stillness of my city through photos and videos.
Jeff: My full time job is in Information Security and I have worked from home for a little over a year before the pandemic forced everyone into their homes. I am extremely fortunate that my job has thus far not been impacted by COVID-19. I am greatly blessed. I am however being inundated with COVID-19 news and information. Seems like every company I have had the smallest connection with is sending me emails about how it is they are helping with COVID-19. It can get a little tiresome, I know my wife prefers not to be updated with the numbers, but there has also been quite a bit of good to come out of this world-wide pandemic.
For all of you listeners who are being severely impacted financially, we wish you the best and wanted to make sure you were aware of some resources available to you.
What To Do Now?
The article basically states that the “new normal” will look different than today’s normal. Mindsets that drive customers to engage and spend will shift. 80% of organizations will find that their current playbook won’t work anymore.
There are four key activities every organization should be doing right now:
- Conserve: keep only what you need in order to survive.
- Adapt: explore ways to sustain your organization in the current situation.
- Innovate: design new products, services, and offerings for existing and new customers.
- Shift: change internal cultures, brand perceptions, and a narrative to reflect the new reality.
Just because you may not be doing shoots right now, doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Some things you can do right now during this time to keep advancing and being ready to go when things get back to the “new normal” including some of these ideas
- Check the focus on your lenses – like Jeff just did. Check out the AFMA Explained and AFMA Revisited Photo Taco podcast episodes for more information on this.
- Practice your flash!
- Capture your city for historical (and future business opportunities) purposes.
- Capture your family so they have images to share with their children/grandchildren someday when asked what they did during the Coronavirus.
- Zoom with local photographers for meetups.
- Photograph families on their doorsteps from afar.
- Organize your images.
- Catch up on old albums you’ve always wanted to design.
- Update your website.
- Start a blog/YouTube – something is better than nothing. Vlog about life as a photographer during Coronavirus?
- Edit old images from before you had any clue as to what you were doing.
- Learn something COMPLETELY different – Ukulele for me.
- Read books about your most important aspect as a photographer – YOU & YOUR PERSONALITY!
There is a huge list of photography related resources listed by Phlearn. They have a lot of things to checkout for financial support between grants and banks who are ready to help. Be careful of scams, if someone calls saying they want to offer financial aid, unfortunately that is a scam. This includes anyone who may try to tell you that you can get money from the stimulus package faster. There are even bad people trying to convince you to give out personal information by saying they will send you a COVID-19 test.
They also have suggestions on where you can sell your work now that you can’t get out there and do that yourself. Finally, they have a lot of free or inexpensive training options listed there. You can get the Phlearn Pro subscription plan 40% off ($60 for your first year) using coupon code MASTER40. That is only good through April 6, 2020.
Nick Page Photoshop Courses
Our good friend, Nick Page (Lord Page!), has been offering his Nick Page Photography Courses at 50% off. That ended for the world on 4/1/2020, but he has given us coupon code MPPODCAST good through 4/8/2020.
F64 Lunch Bunch
My friends Steve Brazill and Don Komarechka are part of the f64 Lunch Bunch put on by Skip Cohen. They are doing free zoom webinars at 2pm EST on Wednesdays.
Macro Photography Course
Again, something from my friend Don Komarechka with a macro photography course that is free.
All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification Bundle
You can get the All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification Bundle (97% off – $34). Include 8 courses and over 60 hours of content covering the most popular Adobe Create Cloud applications.
Artists’ Notebook Project
Free webinars with our friend Levi Sim and other prominent professional photographers happening frequently. Go and check out the Artists’ Notebook Project Facebook group for more information.
F-Stoppers Photography 101
You can check out the Photography 101 courses from F-Stoppers. Regularly $99 and completely free right now.
Cole’s Classroom Pro
Through April 8th you can get Cole’s Classroom Pro, that has 50 courses and 200 videos, for free.
CreativeLive & Skill Share
Let’s talk prizes first:
- 30 minute mentoring session with Brent Bergherm
- 30 minute mentoring session with Connor Hibbs
- 30 minute mentoring session with Brian McGuckin
- 30 minute photography business mentoring session with Erica Kay
- 30 minute editing session with Jeff Harmon
- A chance to have your image make the top ten of all entries. The top ten will be shared to the Facebook group and in the show notes when we talk about them in a future episode.
- A chance to have your image selected as the best entered and come on the show with us!
We will pick five random winners with each getting one of those prizes. Everyone who shares an image in our Master Photography Photo Contest Flickr group will be entered to win. You do have to create a Flickr account to enter, but we hope that is a little more accessible than Facebook.
- You have to create the image between 3/19/2020 and 4/19/2020
- You have to share the image to the Flickr group at https://www.flickr.com/groups/mpcontest/
- Because the group is fully public and anyone can share an image, you have to tag the image #creativejuices. We are only saying this on the episode and putting that in the show notes to prevent a random photographer who may find the group from being entered. That tag is critical!
- You can only share one image per day. Flickr will restrict you to that, another reason we wanted to use Flickr here.
- Keep the images safe for work. You all know what that is, no further explanation necessary.
- Facebook group is Master Photography Podcast
- Instagram account for the show is @masterphotographypodcast
- Find Jeff’s work at https://www.jsharmonphotos.com. Check out his Photo Taco podcast over at https://phototacopodcast.com where you can search all kinds of topics and find shows discussing the details. He is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harmon.jeff, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harmonjeff/ (@harmonjeff), and Twitter: https://twitter.com/harmon_jeff (@harmon_jeff)
- Find Brian’s work at brianmcguckin.com and on Facebook search for brianmcguckinphotography, Instagram @brianmcguckin, Twitter @brianmcguckin.