I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the ideas people come up with in isolation. Video director Valentina Vee is staying at home with her roommate Elizabeth, who recently had her birthday. Since they can’t throw a party, they threw the next best thing – a photo shoot. Valentina shot an epic “quarantine birthday” portrait of Elizabeth and turned it into a cinemagraph. She also shared a BTS video, and it looks like they had tons of fun. You can take a peek at how they created it, and also learn how to do it yourself.
People normally see boredom as something bad, but is it really like that? With his latest project, German photographer Jan von Holleben (previously) shows us that it’s not necessarily the case. When you allow yourself to be bored, great ideas can pop to your head. And perhaps creating mind-bending portraits like this is just the right thing to do. You won’t only end up with photos that people will have to look twice (at least), but you’ll have a lot of fun in the process, too.
Most of us have been at home due to the pandemic, and it’s been a while now. While some people are not feeling creative at all (which is fine, remember), and others do, but they can’t shoot what they normally would. So, photographers have turned to alternatives such as video call shoots, toy photography, or even taking photos in video games. Hong Kong photographer Ric Tse has also found his way to remain creative in isolation. All he needs is some toys and common household items to create a series of clever, fun and creative images.
Canon has launched Canon Connected, a free content hub that will make your isolation days more bearable. Due to the current coronavirus situation, it feels like the world has stopped. And it pretty much has. But if you still feel like learning and creating – Canon Connected provides you with a series of fun and educational videos that will keep you inspired.
It can get a bit monotonous in isolation, especially if you’re out of work right now. But hey, there’s always something to do, and Mathieu Stern has some crazy ideas and makes them real. After the crappy lens made from toilet paper, he now turned to Lego and made another working lens. And unlike the previous one, this DIY lens actually does a pretty good job!
Leica, Nikon, DxO… These are only some of the companies offering free photography courses to attend while you’re in isolation. Sue Bryce Education has just joined the list and unlocked their entire library, offering 300 courses for free. They’ll be available this week only, so if you’ve been planning to attend a photography course – now’s a great time to start.
We’re all going through the same situation right now. However, not all of us are dealing with it in the same way and it has affected all of us differently: some are working like usual, some moved to working from home, and some are completely off work until the coronavirus crisis is over. Whichever group you’re in, I believe that you’ve heard a bunch of suggestions for staying creative in isolation.
The problem is that these sometimes seem like an imperative. It’s like you have to keep doing something “meaningful” all the time. Even in the current situation, I feel like sometimes we’re forced into studying, working, and being productive and creative. And many of us are just not into it, at least not all the time.
With this article, I want to address these topics. As I usually do with this type of articles, I’d like to give you some advice and encouragement. And for those of you who do feel like creating, I have a few ideas that will help you create something, but without feeling any pressure.
Right now, most of us can’t shoot what we normally would. And yet, we may still feel the need to be creative and take photos. This is when trying new genres comes to the rescue and macro photography is certainly perfect for when you’re stuck safe at home.
Like all landscape photographers, Thomas Heaton can’t travel and shoot what he usually does. So he also turned to macro photography at home. But it turned out to be way more challenging than he thought!
In the current coronavirus situation, it’s important that we stay at home. It’s not easy, I know. But photographer Ray Briggs has created a photo that sends a message we all need to hear right now and reminds us why it is so important to stay at home. They say that a photo is worth a thousand words, and this one sure is!