With all of the pandemic panic flooding this internet, I’m doing my best to do my part in a positive manner. I’m staying home to try and keep myself, my family, and my community safe. In the beginning, I did find my mind being utterly obsessed covid-19 so I’m trying to put a spin on things for my own mental health. Therefore, I’m calling our shelter in place order a homecation. I’m taking advantage of quality time with the family. And naturally, I’m still finding ways to include nature and landscape photography in my lifestyle. Here are 11 productive photography activities you can do during your homecation.
Sun beams burst from behind trees on a running trail in my hometown.
1. Backup your Images:
In a perfect world, backing up your images would be automatic, and you don’t have to do anything. In reality, I know plenty of photographers who could use an overhaul on their backup systems. So take the time now to either manually backup your photos, research storage solutions, learn about RAID, and/or setup a cloud based solution.
2. Edit Images from Your Archives:
I haven’t met a photographer who doesn’t have a bunch of images just waiting to still be edited. So go through your archives, find an image, and make some post-processing magic.
3. Organize and Keyword Your Images:
Oh, this is the perfect time to sit down, reminisce about your old trips and keyword your images! Perhaps, I’m the only person who gets excited about keywords, but they are so helpful! Before you start, think of all the potential keyword categories that would be helpful. For example, I love using keywords to identify seasons, type of landscape (desert, mountain, waterfall, lake), geographical location, designation (national park, UNESCO site), and type of light (sunrise, sunset, midday).
4. Learn a New Shooting or Editing Technique:
Education in photography is a never-ending journey. If you can’t be out at a location, then learn a new skill in the digital darkroom. Try learning about dodging and burning, luminosity masks, or HDR blending. Perhaps read about smart objects, focus stacking, or perspective blending/focal length blending.
5. Practice Macro or Try Bird Photography In Your Backyard:
If wasn’t until I was unable to travel that I really started to dive into the world of macro photography. As a woman who loves her wide-angle lens, my macro lens has been getting a lot of love these days. It is such a fun and creative outlet. Moreover, it can be done pretty much any time of day.
6. Read a Landscape Photography Book:
While many claim that the #1 way to improve your photography is to shoot, I strongly believe that I learned a lot from reading photography books over the years. Reading gives a whole new perspective when thinking about the craft. Here are three books which come highly recommended. What photography book shifted your perspective on landscape photography?