1. IMAGE BACK UP How long has it been since you backed up your computer, phone and/or photo hard drives? Now is the perfect time to get your drives backed up and set your mind at ease knowing that your images are safe.
2. CLEANING OUT Photos in the digital age = a glut of photos clogging up your hard drives. Hundreds, if not thousands of those are truly destined for the recycle bin. Go through your photos and ditch any that are hopeless. Reject the multiples that we take of the same subject too. You'll be amazed at the extra space on your hard drives! Space that is waiting for you to fill again with wonderful new photos!
3. TAKE PHOTOS If you're trying to socially distance yourself and are not under a strict quarantine, you can still go out and take photos. There are so many places that you can go to without being too close to other people, ie wetlands, parks, beaches, rivers and forests. They are great places to spend some solitary time taking photos.
If you are confined to home, then it's time to get creative. Practice some food and product photography, create a simple home studio and do some still life photography. Get out into your backyard and take photos of whatever you see. You'll be amazed by what's in your own backyard.
4. LEARN SOMETHING NEW If you want to try something creative and new, then jump online and learn how to do it. There are millions of video tutorials and free e-books online that are just waiting for you. Follow the advice of the experts and experiment with your camera and its settings and then practice them in your new home studio. Now is the time to have some fun with post-processing too - you just don't know what you can do until you try.
There are a heap of companies online that have easy programs to create your own photo books. Photo books are like the photo albums of old - but way more creative and really cheap to produce. I make a photo book of each holiday I go on - whether it's a long or short one - I put the photos into a small book and they're always there to look for me to relive good times.
6. ONLINE COURSES There are so many online courses that you can sign up for and lots of them are free. The world may be closed at the moment, but it's still there in the virtual world and its business as usual! Sign up and make your quarantine time count towards something meaningful.
7. PHOTOGRAPHY RELATED TV SHOWS AND DOCOS It goes without saying that Netflix and online free streaming is the #1 thing to do for most quarantiners. Google some photography related TV shows and movies. Nature documentaries and travel shows are all there inside your TV or screen and will keep you entertained and inspired for hours, if not days.
Do a full audit of all of your camera equipment, including your everyday camera bags and travel cases. Organise it and then clean it. I use Olympus products and received this handy email from them regarding general cleaning guidelines for their cameras.
It's not just to do with photography, but I have been doing FutureLearn courses for some time now. They are free and very informative on a wide variety of topics. Several universities throughout the world (even here in Australia) run these courses. Some are better than others, but most are extremely well run and interesting.