5 Things Photographers Can Do During The Coronavirus Outbreak
If you are a photographer, times are definitely tough right now due to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are doing your part to help stop the spread of the virus, then you probably aren’t booking any shoots right now and you may not be able to get out as much to shoot landscapes. if you are still going out and meeting others to shoot, please STOP! I know this might be a hard thing to hear but please don’t be selfish and take a second to think about how your decision may harm others during this time.
So, the question you might be asking yourself is, “What can I do as a photographer right now?”
Here is a list of 5 things you can do right now, from your home to become a better photographer!
1. Build/Edit Your Website
While Instagram and Facebook are very feasible ways to grow your brand and reach new clients, it is still very important to have a professional website!
If you already have a website, then now is the perfect time to take a long look at your site and do some research on how you can improve it. This is something that I have been doing a lot of since being in isolation. Your website should act as your main headquarters and it should look professional in order to attract the right clients.
If you don’t have a site, then now is also the perfect time to start building your online presence with a website to show off in the future and potentially reach new clients. I would recommend taking a look at Wix.com to start building your website. They offer tons of creative tools as well as numerous ready to go templates for any kind of website you need!
Some key elements to look at include the layout of your site, the fonts you are using, the media (Images/videos), the information, and to ensure that everything works as intended. However, one of the most important elements that I personally have been working on is improving my websites Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Properly setting up your SEO will help to maximize the potential of your page showing up in search results. I will go into more detail about each of these in a future blog post.
2. Stock Photography
If you are like me, the you probably have hundreds if not thousands of images just sitting on your hard drive. Instead of letting them sit there and do nothing, turn those photos into cash by uploading them to some stock photography websites.
You can monetize almost any photograph that you have ever taken and with all this extra time, you might as well sit down and start uploading those photos to some stock sites!
For the past few years, I have been a sponsored contributor for Shotzr which is a stock photo company based out of Denver, Colorado. They have helped me turn my photos into thousands of dollars and all I do is upload my new photos to their app when I have some free time. Takes only a few minutes and it is well worth it! If you are interested in becoming a Shotzr contributor, visit this link: https://airtable.com/shrwmOmB3WtVIl4ru and tell them Charles Martinez referred you!
Some other stock sites you could check out are Adobe Stock, Getty Images and Shutterstock.
3. Clean Out Your Hard Drive
Every time I go out to shoot, I come back with anywhere from 500 to 2,000 shots, most of which might never even be edited because they were out of focus, improperly exposed, or I just didn’t like the photos. Sometimes I get way too lazy and just leave all those unedited images on my hard drive which can take up a lot of room (especially if you are shooting large RAW files on a Nikon D850). There is no better time than now to go through all of your folders and delete any unnecessary files. It might be hard to delete a bunch of photos that you will never get back but if you have photos from two years ago and still haven’t touched them, you‘re probably never going to touch them, so hit that delete button.
4. Re-Edit Old Photos
This ties in with #3. While you are cleaning out your hard drive, you might come across some shots that you may have missed or some shots that you would like to re-edit in a new style. This is also something that I have been doing. I have come a long way as a photographer since I began about three years ago and there are definitely some old images that I would like to re-visit and edit again using new styles and techniques.
Doing this will keep you busy and hopefully bring back some good memories. When you’re done editing them, upload the photos to your Instagram to keep up your content for your followers since there will probably be a lack of new content right now.
5. Learn Something New
We may not be out shooting right now but we can certainly learn something new about photography that we can bring to our next session, whenever that may be. My go to resource is always YouTube. There are plenty of great creators out there who share their tips and tricks for photography on YouTube for no charge at all. Whether it is a question about your camera, how to edit a certain way, lighting or how to pose your clients, there is most likely a video for it on YouTube uploaded by an experienced photographer. I do this all the time and I have been able to find some very reliable experts. I will share some of my favorite photographers in a later blog post. Be sure to keep checking my blog as I will share some of my tips in the future as well!
I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post! Please stay safe and think about how your choices can have a major impact on the lives of others.
Until next time!