At the risk of understating it, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone. Nature photographer Alan Bohms mentions that the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as so many unfortunate events in the past year, have put a damper on so many plans for so many people, photographers included.
For avid photographers who were supposed to go out and capture the world in 2020, most plans have been canceled. While photography doesn’t necessarily require being in close quarters with other people, there is still a big risk when going outside one’s home. However, being in lockdown doesn’t mean allowing one’s photography skills to go to waste. In fact, Alan Bohms notes that nearly everything one needs to keep their photography skills in tip-top shape is at home.
Below, Alan Bohms lists some of the ways photographer can practice their craft and sharpen their skills.
Composition is a fundamental part of photography, which should be practiced today, when a person has the luxury of time. For reference, young photographers can draw inspiration from movies or other people’s works. For example, try to take as many photos in the style of Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, or Wes Anderson.
Focus on a single subject
Alan Bohms mentions that cultivating creativity is as important as anything else in photography. A great way of doing this is to take different shots of a single subject using different variables such as angles, lighting, and camera settings. Put a toy car on a small stool in the middle of the living room. How many creative ways can the subject be photographed? It’s important to note that each take on the subject should tell a different story.
Capture live subjects
For this exercise, Alan Bohms mentions that pets are ideal subjects. If a photographer has, say, a cat or a dog, they can follow it around for a few minutes and capture unique shots of it. It is a great way to develop patience, judgment, and a photographer’s technical ability to adjust quickly, depending on the situation. Through this, a photographer can get used to anticipating movements as well. This is how Alan Bohms practices for wildlife shoots.
Feel the camera
While Alan Bohms has suggested toggling camera settings in the past, he also notes that photographers should literally feel their camera. Once photographers get used to a camera’s weight and how it handles, they can use it better in the open.