7 free photography courses
to keep you busy during quarantine
Some of the biggest names in the imaging and video industry have started doing their part as well. Some have started hosting informal online get-togethers, some are free hosting webinars, and some are even temporarily unlocking their online learning content.
We've looked through everything that's on offer from the big guns and put together a list of the stuff that's well worth your time investigating. So find a comfy chair and check out the best free courses and content to keep you busy during the coronavirus quarantine…
01 Nikon School Online: Free classes
Nikon has made every course on its Nikon School Online portal free for the month of April, including everything from a 41-minute speed light class with Joe McNally to a Chris Hershman class on creating music videos that lasts over an hour.
"Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators," says the manufacturer. "In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let's come out of this even better."
Visit: Nikon School Online
02 DxO free webinars
DxO is hosting a series of free live webinars throughout April, enabling you to watch along as experts share their step-by-step workflows on shooting and processing images – and you have the opportunity to ask questions in real time.
Professional photography educators who will be hosting talks include DxO Ambassador Fabio Antenore, YouTuber PhotoJoseph, and instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology Dan Hughes.
Visit: DxO Webinars
03 Fujifilm Stay Creative At Home
Fujifilm just has launched its Stay Creative At Home campaign on its X Stories blog and via social media. Each week the company will be sharing new tips, exercises and techniques for you to try out at home, alongside FAQ sessions with Fujifilm product specialists, and asking photographers to involved and share their images using the #FujifilmFromHome hashtag.
Visit: Fujifilm X Stories
Leica Akademie has launched the #StayAtHomeWithLeica initiative, offering complimentary online talks in conjunction with a photo challenge on the @LeicaCameraUSA Instagram. Free courses include Family as Subject: A conversation with Ashly Stohl and Gus Powell and Stories Behind the Pictures with Dennys IIic – Sci-Fi & Beyond.
"While we are currently practicing social distancing, we are connected over our common love of photography," says Leica. "The creative pursuit of photography is a daily exercise, and to ensure you're equipped with the tools you need during this challenging time, we're pleased to announce the #StayHomeWithLeica program.
05 Adorama Coffee with Creators
There are always some great Adorama deals available on photographic kit, but the retailer has gone the extra step in supporting creatives during the coronavirus crisis with a series of daily Facebook Live programs called Coffee With Creators.
Hosted by photographer Seth Miranda, the idea is to bring creators together for fun, laid-back conversations to stay inspired and motivated. Guests include names like Joe McNally and YouTubers like Team Spooky.
Visit: Adorama on Facebook
06 Sennheiser #Dontstoptheeducation
The Sennheiser Sound Academy is providing free professional audio training webinars and product demonstrations, covering everything from wireless microphones, to audio for video, to conference beamforming microphones.
These high-end presentations are aimed at professionals from the music and AV industries, film and video production teams, as well as the education and corporate sectors. Designed with a more global audience in mind, talks will be available in English with some German and French sessions, and will be offered three times per day to accommodate multiple time zones.
Visit: Sennheiser Sound Academy
07 CVP Common Room
Broadcast and professional video specialist CVP has launched its new community platform, Common Room, to offer online versions of the events featured in the group's showrooms. Seminars, demonstrations, technical discussions, watch parties and more.
Seminars include set lighting techniques from professional cinematographer Ian Murray, using DaVinci Resolve Fusion for daily VFX work, and a virtual tour of the Canon EOS C500 Mark II.
The sessions are hosted on Discord, with limited places available for pre-booking, where they are designed to be intimate environments for small groups to interact and converse. However, if the seminars are sold out or you wish to experience them with the interactive element, a live stream is available on CVP's YouTube channel.
Visit: CVP Events