Free photography webinars, videos and virtual events

The photography industry is rallying to keep photographers motivated during the lockdown

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As the lockdown days add up to weeks, Netflix and another photoshoot of your kids, dog or latest culinary triumph start to lose their appeal. We’ve been playing our part in providing something of interest for photographers with interviews with key figures in the photographic industry and technique ideas from professional photographers as well as our usual supply of news, buyers guides and reviews. However, the photographic industry is also rising to the challenge with some great free courses, webinars, videos, challenges, interesting content and virtual events for photographers.

Here’s our pick of what to check out right now. We’ll be refreshing this list as we hear of more events over the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye open for future updates.

CameraWorld

UK-bases camera retailer CameraWorld is hosting a food photography tutorial with Canon on 5th May at 10:30-11:30 on its Facebook page. To take part, pick up some top tips and get involved with the live Q&A sign-up to the event on Facebook.

Follow CameraWorld on Facebook for information about future events.

Adorama Coffee with Creators

USA-based online retailer Adorama has started a new daily series of Facebook Live videos called ‘Coffee with Creators’. The videos start every day at 10am PST / 1pm EST (6pm in the UK) and are hosted by photographer Seth Miranda.

Take a look at Adorama’s Facebook page to see the latest videos.

DxO Webinar

DXO Webinars

DxO has set-up a series of webinars with professional photographers who use its DxO PhotoLab, Nik Collection, DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint software.

All of the webinars are designed to appeal to beginners but there are also tips and tricks that will be of interest to professionals looking to improve their workflow.

The events are free but you need to register using the links below.

REMOVING SPOTS AND OTHER DISTRACTIONS FROM YOUR IMAGES USING DxO PHOTOLAB 3’S REPAIR & CLONE TOOLS
Hosted by PhotoJoseph
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:00 PM BST
REGISTER >> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3978113739799540238

TURNING EVERYDAY PHOTOS INTO AMAZING BLACK & WHITE IMAGES USING SILVER EFEX PRO STARRING DOTAN SAGUY
Hosted by Laurie Rubin
Thursday, May 14 – 5:00 PM BST
REGISTER >> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7623616009996255244

CREATING YOUR OWN STYLE BASED ON LEGENDARY FILM EFEX PRESETS USING COLOR EFEX PRO
Hosted by Dan Hughes
Tuesday, May 19 – 6:00 PM BST
REGISTER >> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2062632542819577868

5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LIGHTROOM AND DXO PHOTOLAB 3
Hosted by PhotoJoseph
Tuesday, May 26 – 7:00 PM BST
REGISTER >> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2989794623429739788

PROCESSING FOR THE PRINT OR WEB USING DxO PHOTOLAB AND COLOR EFEX PRO
Hosted by Dan Hughes
Thursday, May 28 – 6:00 PM BST
REGISTER >> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8377887583672454412

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Fujifilm #FujifilmFromHome

Fujifilm UK is challenging its following to post images of their home-based photography on social media and use the hashtag #FujifilmFromHome. If your image strikes a chord with the Fujifilm team, you could be their featured photographer of the week.

Follow Fujifilm UK on Instagram

Leica UK

Leica UK has begun hosting free online webinars. They are shown as costing 1pence, but actually it’s free to register and attend these Zoom webinars. To get in on the action, follow the link to see the schedule.

There’s a wide variety of subjects including:

Adobe Lightroom Classic for Beginners
With Robin Sinha
11:00 – 12:00 5th May

Short Tutorial & Assignment: Self-Portrait
With Simon King
11:00-14:00 6th and 7th May

Leica’s Top YouTube Videos

Leica has posted an excellent playlist of 17 videos on its YouTube channel. The short videos provide interesting insights into the work and lives of great photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Thomas Hoepker, Rankin, Ray Barbee and more. They make excellent viewing.

Follow the link to Leica’s #StayHomeWithLeica YouTube Playlist

Nikon #createyourlight

Nikon UK and Nikon Europe are running a campaign called #createyourlight which is aimed at all photographers whatever camera they are using. It’s designed to inspire, motivate and educate photographers of all levels during the lockdown.

The campaign is drawing on professional photographers, Nikon Ambassadors and Nikon School UK staff to share their photographic hints and tips for shooting themed photography challenges. Nikon is calling all photographers to share their visual stories of life in lockdown.

The current theme is portrait photography.

To get involved simply post an image documenting your isolation story on Instagram and use the hashtag #createyourlight. Visit the dedicated page on Nikon’s website for more information and to see a gallery of images.

At some point in the future, there will be an exhibition at the Nikon School in London.

To keep up to date with the latest #createyourlightchallenge and watch the educational videos, follow Nikon UK on Instagram

Nikon School UK

Nikon School UK has gone online for the foreseeable future and there’s a fantastic collection of free Q&A sessions and online versions of the school’s courses. These courses normally cost £120-£150.

Nikon UK is also offering online 1-2-1 sessions, which normal cost £149 for just £49. These sessions are totally customised to whatever you want to discuss or would like help with.

There are some great sessions including:

Getting started with DSLR Photography
10:00-12:00 7th May
More information and booking

The art of macro photography
14:00-16:00 18th May
More information and booking

Follow the link to the Nikon School UK to view and book the courses and sessions.

Nikon School USA

Nikon School USA has made all of its online learning courses available for free during April. Follow the link to visit Nikon School USA.

Olympus Guru 1-2-1 Sessions

Olympus is offering free 1-2-1 telephone or video calls with its experts to anyone who would like some help getting to grips with an Olympus camera. The experts are willing to explain the controls, how to use particular settings or give general advice about photography. And you don’t have to be an Olympus user to speak to them.

Follow the link to apply for a free 1-2-1 session with an Olympus guru.

Sony

Every Tuesday 10:00-12:00 in the UK, Sony is offering free 1-2-1 sessions with kit-expert Mark Baber through Wex Photo Video.

The sessions are suitable for photographers of all levels of experience. They have something to offer those who are just starting out and selecting their first camera as well as experienced professional photographers who want some technical help with an advance setting or technique.

Each session lasts up to 30 minutes.

To book, follow the link to visit Wex Photo Video’s Events page and select the appropriate session.

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