As the lockdown days add up to weeks, Netflix and another photoshoot of your kids, dog or latest culinary triumph start to lose their appeal. We’ve been playing our part in providing something of interest for photographers with interviews with key figures in the photographic industry and technique ideas from professional photographers as well as our usual supply of news, buyers guides and reviews. However, the photographic industry is also rising to the challenge with some great free courses, webinars, videos, challenges, interesting content and virtual events for photographers.
Here’s our pick of what to check out right now. We’ll be refreshing this list as we hear of more events over the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye open for future updates.
USA-based online retailer Adorama has started a new daily series of Facebook Live videos called ‘Coffee with Creators’. The videos start every day at 10am PST / 1pm EST (6pm in the UK) and are hosted by photographer Seth Miranda.
Take a look at Adorama’s Facebook page to see the latest videos.
DxO has set-up a series of webinars with professional photographers who use its DxO PhotoLab, Nik Collection, DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint software.
All of the webinars are designed to appeal to beginners but there are also tips and tricks that will be of interest to professionals looking to improve their workflow.
The events are free but you need to register using the links below.
DISCOVER THE NIK COLLECTION 2.5 BY DxO IN ACTION WITH AFFINITY PHOTO 1.8
Hosted by PhotoJoseph
Tuesday, April 14 –6:00 PM GMT
CREATIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE COLOR AND DRAMA USING VIVEZA IN THE NIK COLLECTION BY DxO
Hosted by Dan Hughes
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 PM GMT
LEARN ABOUT HYPER-REAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NIK COLLECTION BY DxO
Starring DxO Ambassador Fabio Antenore
Hosted by Laurie Rubin
Thursday, April 23 – 7:00 PM GMT
Fujifilm UK is challenging its following to post images of their home-based photography on social media and use the hashtag #FujifilmFromHome. If your image strikes a chord with the Fujifilm team, you could be their featured photographer of the week.
Follow Fujifilm UK on Instagram
Leica has posted an excellent playlist of 17 videos on its YouTube channel. The short videos provide interesting insights into the work and lives of great photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Thomas Hoepker, Rankin, Ray Barbee and more. They make excellent viewing.
Follow the link to Leica’s #StayHomeWithLeica YouTube Playlist
Nikon UK and Nikon Europe are running a campaign called #createyourlight which is aimed at all photographers whatever camera they are using. It’s designed to inspire, motivate and educate photographers of all levels during the lockdown.
The campaign is drawing on professional photographers, Nikon Ambassadors and Nikon School UK staff to share their photographic hints and tip for shooting themed photography challenges. Nikon is calling all photographers to share their visual stories of life in lockdown.
To get involved simply post an image documenting your isolation story on Instagram and use the hashtag #createyourlight.
Nikon UK plans to feature some of the stories and images on the campaign webpage that’s launching soon and at some point in the future, there will be an exhibition at the Nikon School in London.
To keep up to date with the latest #createyourlightchallenge and watch the educational videos, follow Nikon UK on Instagram
Meanwhile, Nikon School USA has made all of its online learning courses available for free during April. Follow the link to visit Nikon School USA.
Olympus is offering free 1-2-1 telephone or video calls with its experts to anyone who would like some help getting to grips with an Olympus camera. The experts are willing to explain the controls, how to use particular settings or give general advice about photography. And you don’t have to be an Olympus user to speak to them.
Follow the link to apply for a free 1-2-1 session with an Olympus guru.
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