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Nikon is offering free online photography classes during the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine.
The camera company has made its entire curriculum of online photo courses free to the public amid coronavirus lockdowns.
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In the midst of social distancing, at-home activities have become increasingly important for people with a sudden surge of free time. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to cope during the coronavirus quarantine (see AFAR’s 18-step guide for inspiration). Refining your photography skills is one ideal way to beat boredom and prepare for future travels during self-isolation. Conveniently, Nikon made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free to the public last month, and the camera company is now extending its offer through May—which is great for people interested in tips for how to take better photos on their adventures once travel is unrestricted again.
Available now throughout the end of the month, Nikon School’s 10 virtual photography classes cover topics such as landscape photography, child and pet portraiture, and video content creation (such as vlogging), each ranging from 15 minutes to over an hour in length. Some courses cover Nikon-specific products, but many teach the general fundamentals of photography (which apply whether or not you own a Nikon camera). While the in-depth courses normally cost anywhere between $15 to $50 each, you can currently register for any (or all) of the virtual classes on Nikon School’s website, totally free.
Nikon is also hosting “The Best of Nikon Live,” an online compilation of video presentations from photography professionals such as Carol Guzy, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post photojournalist, sourced from the Nikon Live archives. The videos focus on technical tricks, such as “Pro Tips for Camera Setup,” as well as inspirational topics such as “The Importance of Finding Your Style.” These livestreams remain available to watch for free on Nikon’s website, accompanied by a new platform called “Creator’s Hour,” which twice a week features hour-long livestreams in which Nikon Ambassadors discuss the stories behind their best work. The special webpage also features a video series that details how these professional photographers are staying creative at home.
Nikon isn’t the only camera company making its online courses available to the self-isolating masses. On March 29, Leica announced its series of free online educational talks as part of its #StayHomeWithLeica program. On Sundays, viewers can attend virtual Leica Akademie seminars led by photography professionals who’ll share insights on topics such as how to photograph family members and the people closest to you. Additionally, Leica stores and galleries from Boston to Los Angeles are hosting Instagram Live Q&A sessions with photographers every Saturday throughout quarantine.
This article originally appeared online on April 3, 2020; it was updated on May 5, 2020, to include current information.