The folks at PhotoShelter have provided a good list of resources that I’ve copied here, with a link to the original post which gets updated regularly.
I hope this post finds you well under the circumstances. It’s a scary time that will pass, but it’s hard to see that light just yet in the tunnel we find ourselves in.
On my end, we decided to head to Tanja’s parents in Vancouver where my 5-year-old son Sawyer “Soysauce” Simon has a bit of backyard space making our 14-Day quarantine a little bit easier. We are lucky, it’s self contained with a separate entrance and we figured it was better for him (and us) then riding out this storm in our New York City Apartment.
I know I’m not the only one feeling the surreal nature of this thing. Riding this thing out and staying healthy is our first priority of course. Back in the day (BF – before family) I know I would have been out wandering the streets shooting the eerie empty scenes I’ve been seeing around the Internet.
On that note, I wanted to point you to a poignant photo essay on the New York Times site. The Great Empty: Some of the busiest places in the world and what they look like today.
Has anyone been shooting? Let us know in the comments.
My wife is a New York City School teacher, so I have a full time job with her getting online learning going. It’s amazing to see what these incredible teachers have instantly accomplished with so little time to prepare. The first week is done and the overwhelming majority of kids are online and attending class. The schools are doing a great job of making sure no students are left out; getting devices and WiFi to those in need.
We are also home schooling Sawyer which is a lot of fun but does take much time. He’s happy because he has a little extra screen time.
In my photographic work life, the bulk of my income in recent times has come through workshops. It’s a business I’ve loved from the start. It’s fun and I get to shoot and I learn so much from all the participants. Obviously, my business and many in the travel sector have come to a grinding halt for now.
We had to cancel all workshops at least until June, including the one scheduled for a week before we left in Tokyo. Who knows how quickly things will start to normalize and people are comfortable getting out.
I am looking at ways of moving some of my workshops online. The camera classes are an ideal start so if you’re a Nikon shooter, watch for webinars coming soon. On my Patreon page you can unlock almost 150 post of Passionate Photographer extended content and almost 30 video posts, man of them Critique Podcasts.
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In the meantime, here’s PhotoShelter’s list of resources which gets updated regularly, with a link to the original post . Be safe and stay well.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Photographers
As the threat of coronavirus spreads around the world, photographers are grappling with the potential for severe economic impact on their livelihood. Although a prolonged outbreak will require significant federal intervention, a number of groups have already started to provide useful information or financial support for freelancers. We’ve compiled the following list of resources for photographers that we’ll continue to update.
The newest items appear at the top of each section.
Articles on COVID-19 and Photographers
- I Used My Drone to Take Fun Portraits of People in Self-Isolation (via PetaPixel (3/28/20)
- NPPA Coronavirus Town Hall (via Facebook Live 3/26/20)
- Advice on Handling Contract Cancellations for Photographers (3/25/20)
- 3 Freelance Photographers on Covering COVID-19 (3/24/20)
- How an Event Photographer Unwittingly Spread Coronavirus in MA (via PetaPixel 3/24/20)
- How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis (via Wired 3/24/20)
- How to Disinfect Camera Equipment and Spaces (via Lensrentals)
- Lessons learned from journalists covering global pandemics (via IWMF)
- COVID-19 GUIDE FOR VISUAL JOURNALISTS (via The Everyday Projects)
- ‘You are not alone’: Photojournalists share tips from the coronavirus frontlines (via National Press Club Journalism Institute)
- Coronavirus disease wipes out work for those that lean on sports for income
- How Freelance Photographers Are Dealing with the Economic Effects of Coronavirus
- Freelancing in the Age of Coronavirus: A Survival Guide
- What do sports journalists do when there are no sports to cover?
- Tips for freelance photo0graphers affected by the Coronavirus outbreak (via PopPhoto)
Photo Trade Organization Info
- ASMP Town Hall Q&A (3/28/20)
- NPPA’s COVID-19 resource guide: @NPPA is here for you
- Strictly Business Webinar Video: Potential Business Ramifications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (via ASMP)
- Contract Cancellations webinar video (via PPA)
- CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the coronavirus outbreak
- COVID-19 Safety Help Sheet (via NPPA)
Technology, Distance Learning, etc
- Online Visual Educators (Private Facebook Group)
- Adobe to provide free ‘At Home’ access to students and educators who currently use Creative Cloud apps
- Academic Continuity Planning (via Yale Poorva Center for Teaching and Learning)
Artist Assistance Lists
- List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak (via Creative Capital)
- List Of Banks Offering Relief To Customers Affected By Coronavirus (COVID-19) (via Forbes)
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources (not particularly oriented for visual artists)
- COVID-19 Resources (via Gig Workers Collective)
- Resources for Film Production Freelancers During Covid-19 (via Castifi)
Economic Relief Plan, Small Business, Freelancers & Banking Support
- Withdraw $100K from your IRA — and repay in 3 years with zero tax liability (via Marketwatch 3/28/20)
- Chase COVID-19 Update (3/28/20)
- F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill (via NYT)
- How freelancers can claim paid sick leave in a coronavirus emergency (via Freelancers Union 3/24/20)
- SBA To Provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans For Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions (via U.S. Small Business – Office of Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center – East)
- Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) (via Small Business Administration)
- Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus (via NYC Small Business Services)
- List Of Banks OfferingRelief To Customers Affected By Coronavirus
Grants & Crowdfunding Initiatives
- Freelancers Relief Fund (via Freelancer’s Union 3/28/20)
- NatGeo COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists (3/27/20)
- IWMF Journalism Relief Fund (3/25/20)
- The Photographer Fund (via Format)
- $1 million in grants to support coronavirus news reporting (via The Lenfest Institute)
- The Creator Fund (apply for financial assistance up to $500)
- NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund (GoFundMe)
- Dallas Artist Relief Fund (GoFundMe)
Health and Wellness
- CreativeLive is offering free streaming of all their Health & Wellness classes
- Peloton offers free 90-day subscription trial for its at-home workout app (via TheVerge)
Inspiration & Distraction
- The Best of Nikon LIVE
- PPA is offering free access to its 1,100+ classes amidst COVID-19 quarantines (via DPReview)
- Quarantine (or otherwise) Photography Recommendations (via Punctum Magazine)