29 Apr Pandemic lessons

Source: Don Craig

Learning about photography thanks to COVID-19

Nothing like doing something over and over and over again to improve your skills. In my case, I am getting lots of practice photographing one type of event, press conferences, in one venue, the press theatre at the B.C. Legislature, with largely the same cast.

At the time of writing, I have photographed 54 COVID-related press conferences since February 24. That number continues to climb on a daily basis.

While the importance of documenting this period is reason enough to keep me motivated, I will admit there have been times when I didn’t think there was any way to keep it interesting. There have been some moments when I simply couldn’t think of a different approach or angle to shoot.

However, there is almost always a new way to look at and capture the proceedings.

That is not to say that I can deliver whatever I want for my work. No. It’s still government and there are still requirements for what shots I share on government channels. But after that is accomplished, I do try to find new ways to see the press conference, every day.

After a recent presser, as my colleague and I returned to our office to edit and deliver photo and video content, I realized what an incredible opportunity this has been to develop my photography skills. When I try something different, I may not get the results I hoped for at first. But, I can try it

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