1. Organize your files.
- Delete files you don’t need, catalog good pictures
2. Use new photos you found for your portfolio or sell them as Fine Art.
– Print photos for print portfolio
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.
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.
Green Book (2018)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Moonlight (I) (2016)
Votes: 249,466 | Gross: $27.85M
Spotlight (I) (2015)
For 2019 Won by Roger Deakins
For 2018 Won by Alfonso Cuarón
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
For 2017 Won by Roger Deakins
La La Land (I) (2016)
For 2016 Won by Linus Sandgren
The Revenant (2015)
For 2015 Won by Emmanuel Lubezki
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.