1. Organize your files. 

  • Delete files you don’t need, catalog good pictures

– Back -up 3 times; keep 2 copies on hard drives at home/office and 1 copy offsite (I use backblaze.com and https://www.dropbox.com/business for back-up)

2. Use new photos you found for your portfolio or sell them as Fine Art.

– Print photos for print portfolio

– Upload photos to digital and social platforms such as https://www.behance.net , https://www.linkedin.com

, https://www.instagram.com and https://www.facebook.com

– Sell photos as Fine Art (you can use services such as WhiteWall.com or for a higher quality print – Platinum Palladium printing with https://www.instagram.com/rjprintlab/

3. Retouch photos or edit videos you haven’t had time to do. 

4. Create mood boards for new projects/shoots you’d like to do.

– I use Dropbox Paper and https://evernote.com/

– Find old magazines and research

– Look through inspiration you’ve saved on Instagram and Pinterest 

5. Watch tutorials for things you want to learn.

6. Learn about new photographers entering the industry for inspiration. 

7. Take inventory of and clean your equipment. 

– Create an excel of all your equipment and assign price values to each. You may find you have equipment you don’t use that you can sell on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or eBay

8. Update and organize your existing and potential client list.  

MailChimp and Nimble  are two great resources

9. Watch movies that have won awards for cinematography.

  • Analyze lighting and framing
  • Take screenshots                                                                                       
  • Watch behind-the-scenes content, interviews with the cinematographers / DPs, etc. 

Parasite Poster

Parasite (2019)

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho SongSun-kyun LeeYeo-jeong JoWoo-sik Choi

Green Book

 Green Book (2018)

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo MortensenMahershala AliLinda CardelliniSebastian Maniscalco

The Shape of Water

 The Shape of Water (2017)

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally HawkinsOctavia SpencerMichael ShannonDoug Jones

Moonlight

 Moonlight (I) (2016)

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala AliNaomie HarrisTrevante RhodesAlex R. Hibbert

Votes: 249,466 |  Gross: $27.85M

Spotlight

 Spotlight (I) (2015)

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdamsLiev Schreiber

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael KeatonZach GalifianakisEdward NortonAndrea Riseborough

1917

 1917 (2019)

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Dean-Charles ChapmanGeorge MacKayDaniel MaysColin Firth

For 2019 Won by Roger Deakins

Roma

 Roma (2018)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza AparicioMarina de TaviraDiego Cortina AutreyCarlos Peralta

For 2018 Won by Alfonso Cuarón

Blade Runner 2049

 Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison FordRyan GoslingAna de ArmasDave Bautista

For 2017 Won by Roger Deakins

La La Land

 La La Land (I) (2016)

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan GoslingEmma StoneRosemarie DeWittJ.K. Simmons

For 2016 Won by Linus Sandgren

The Revenant

 The Revenant (2015)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprioTom HardyWill PoulterDomhnall Gleeson

For 2015 Won by Emmanuel Lubezki

10. Create.

Be mindful and use this time to grow. Now is the time to be creative, use all the resources you have at hand and create something.