Well my friends, we are certainly living in interesting times. If you’ve found yourself at home, unable to venture out to take photos, fear not, there are still a ton of photography projects you can crack on with. In episode 28 of Matt Loves Cameras, I detail 15 film photography related projected you can do at home. Listen for the details above, I’ve put a summary below.
How can photo projects help?
1) Organise your Lightroom catalogues
This can be a daunting task, try working on it a little every day. Listen to the podcast for how I organise my catalogues.
2) Organise your negatives – and your instant photos
3) Read a photography book that’s been sitting on your shelf
4) Organise a video call with other photographers
5) Sign up for an course
There are so many good online courses, check out:
- Lynda.com – now known as LinkedIn learning. There are tons of good courses on here about photography and software like the Adobe Creative Suite. Check to see if you have free access to this through your library.
- Creative Live – about $149 for one year, you might be able to find it cheaper though. There are so many good photography courses on here, including a few on film photography. Also some really cool creative courses on arts and crafts and music.
- Magnum Learn – I really enjoyed the $99 Street Photography course from Magnum.
- Professional Photographers of America currently offering their courses for free for a couple of weeks.
6) Free film photography goodness on YouTube
- Old Camera Guy
- Studio C41 Hangout from Bill Manning
- Ilford featuring Rachel Brewster
- William Verbeeck
- Ted Viera Yeah man!
7) Stock photography
8) Practice your digital photography
If you’re unable to buy or process film, practice your digital photography. Those skills will come in handy when you can shoot film again.
9) Start a blog or podcast
You can get started for free thanks to platforms like WordPress and Anchor. What’s stopping you?
10) Write for others
11) Catalogue your film and cameras
12) Find out about a historic photographer
Here are three to get you started:
- Julia Margaret Cameron – a photographic pioneer
- Eugene Atget – French flaneur who photographed the streets of Paris
- Master of light and contrast – Chinese photographer Fan Ho
13) Research a photographic process you’ve never tried
- cross processing
- polaroid emulsion transfers
14) Spring clean your social media
Make sure your profile and photo are up-to-date, plan your next set of photos to publish, follow new and inspiring accounts.