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Coronavirus Quarantine: The Photographer's Guide On How You Can Occupy Your Time

Looking for more ideas and suggestions on how you can keep yourself busy with photography themed projects? Have a look at these top 5 suggestions.

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As more of us are staying indoors, we've got even more photography suggestions you can occupy your day with without leaving your home and this time, they've come from our friend and awesome photographer JT (go check out his brilliant YouTube channel - Run N Gun). 


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There are, of course, plenty of photography ideas, techniques and suggestions shared by JT but the most poignant thing JT says, and something I think we can all learn from is this: 


"I’ve made it a point to look at difficult or challenging situations as opportunities rather than problems."


1. Macro Photography



With this in-mind, JT kicks off his 'it's a good idea to stay inside for now' guide with macro photography is it's one of the easiest and most fun photography subjects you can have a crack at from home. 

"Macro is probably one of the simplest but most fun things I’ve done since being self-isolated indoors. When you start shooting macro, it’s like an entirely new world was just opened up for you to photograph!" says JT. "Everything is fun to shoot extreme close-ups of - try towels, pencils, walls, shoes, food, hand-sanitiser (if you have it), fabrics, metals, woods..."


2. Clean, Sort & Tidy

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Tip number 2 is to spend some time cleaning your gear as let's face it, it's probably something we don't do often enough and then, when your kit is spotless, why not organise/tidy your hard drives? You should also back-up your files and if you don't already do this, now's the perfect time to set a system up. 


3. Play Around With Old Photos

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Re-editing old photographs is an excellent idea we'd not thought of and you'll probably come across some gems when you're sorting your computer drives out. 

"Not only is it fun to get nostalgic over old images, but you can apply new editing techniques to photos you may have otherwise thrown away in the past," says JT. 


4. Update Your Online Portfolios/Galleries



As you're on an 'organise and update' path, why not update your online portfolios with new photos? This applies to social media channels as well as places such as ePHOTOzine where you can share new images with fellow photographers in galleries

When adding new photos, or updating old ones, why not create and save your own presets while you're at it so you can save a bit of time the next time you're editing photos? 

"Having a library of organised presets that I know will work with certain photo styles or lighting conditions can be a massive time-saver. I tend to create a preset for every wedding and portrait shoot to save dozens of hours instead of manually applying the same look to hundreds of images," says JT. 


5. Research Techniques & Talk To Other Photographers 

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As well as applying new presets, you can research new techniques by reading websites such as ePHOTOzine or by checking out blogs/work of other photographers. Then, if you have some questions, why not reach out to the photographer whose work you're interested in as we're all looking for a little bit of social interaction at the moment! 


Final Thoughts

If you have any ideas you think other photographers will benefit from please do share them in the comments below and you should also check out JT's blog - Run N Gun as there are some great blog entries, links to video tutorials and photo editing presets you can take a look at. 

Stay Safe! 

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