Coping with COVID: Group Photo Gatherings During a Pandemic

Milky Way over Mt. Rainier  Just before Sunrise from the August Outing © Dan Clements
Milky Way over Mt. Rainier Just before Sunrise from the August Outing © Dan Clements

Photos and story by Dan Clements

While the COVID-19 pandemic has upended most people’s lives, it has especially impacted travel and gatherings of groups. Camera clubs had to switch to zoom meetings. Meetup groups canceled events. Opportunities to go out and shoot with a bunch of fellow photographers were virtually nonexistent. This is the story of how one nature photography club learned to live with COVID: what has changed, what has worked, and how we have managed successful group gatherings over the summer. It appears that we will be dealing with the pandemic well into 2021, so this is also a road map of how we will proceed in the coming months.

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Four Tips to Be Your Professional Best on Zoom

Screen shot: Like almost everything else in our professional lives, NANPA's monthly communications meetings have moved to Zoom.
Like almost everything else in our professional lives, NANPA’s monthly communications meetings have moved to Zoom.

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

It seems like everyone is on Zoom these days. In a previous article, NANPA’s Teresa Ransdell gave some great tips for using it, which will help the professional photographers who lead workshops, teach and speak and who have been moving their business to Zoom or similar platforms during the corona virus restrictions.  If you’re new to Zoom, are you presenting yourself professionally, with good lighting and thoughtful backgrounds?  You want your video presence to look and sound as professional and artistic as your photographs, right?  So, here are some tips to consider as you ramp up your online video conferencing.

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Tips for Leading a Zoom Videoconference

Screen grab of some of the participants on a recent NANPA Zoom call for professional nature photographers.
Some of the participants on a recent NANPA Zoom call for professional nature photographers.

By Teresa Ransdell, NANPA Membership Director

Connecting electronically has become the norm during the past few months. If you owned stock in Zoom prior to the beginning of the pandemic’s various quarantine orders, you’re likely counting your earnings as opposed to reading NANPA’s blog posts.

For those of us who had never heard of and didn’t own stock in Zoom, we’re now having to learn how to best use that or similar platforms in our business to keep us connected with clients, followers, members and fans. During a recent Zoom videoconference with a number of NANPA’s nature photography pros, a suggestion was made to share some tips and best practices to help photographers use the platform more effectively.  So, here we go. (See also Friday’s blog on how to look and sound your professional best on Zoom.)

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