Pandemic photography

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hobbit mob
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Re: Pandemic photography

Eddie Rizk wrote:

hobbit mob wrote:

brucet wrote:

Simple question - Has the pandemic and lockdowns/restrictions helped or hindered your photography?

For me it's less use of the camera but more use of the software and editing I've done while at home. Maybe the silver lining, for me at least, is a better understanding of the editing software I have.

I do mostly real estate photography. I do odds and ends portraits/headshots/events/etc and that all died off during covid, but real estate didn't ever really slow down. At the very beginning, when we thought shutdown would only be a few weeks, I didn't have any work, but after that it returned to some semblance of 'normal' (most properties I shoot are empty, so there weren't concerns of transmission, if it was lived in, they vacated the property while I was there and I wore a mask).

So i'd say it didn't really change my photography much, but in the same vein, I took the extra home time to learn video and start offering that as a service, so overall the quarantine helped my business (I'd been putting off learning video for years, finally bit the bullet when quarantine started).

Interesting. I was in the same position. Real estate was hot in Houston.

I considered learning video and drone photography. It just seemed much like work, while still photography still seems like a light casual recreation.

I've been doing real estate photos for 8 years.  Added drone (photos only) 2 years ago, then just added video this year.  The drone was easy to learn (and the test you have to take is even easier now...and free), but video was a steep learning curve, for sure.

Depending on your current equipment, delving into video/drone work can be a big cost upfront, too, which was a limiting factor for me for a while (was it worth while to make the investment).  Eventually I talked myself into it...maybe, possibly, just because I wanted the gear anyway....

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