It's time to take the perfect photograph.


If there’s ever a time to pick up a new hobby now may be it.

The spread of the coronavirus means that not only are most of us sitting (responsibly) at home, but it also means we need something to fill all our extra time with so we don’t go stir crazy. That could mean taking a virtual tour of museums or cultural sites around the globe, or it could mean taking an online class or two to pick up a new skill. Nikon is here to fill the latter with an online photography course. Best of all, it’s completely free.

Nikon School Online is offering up its entire photography course for free online right now to help people learn more about photography and fill a creative void. 

“Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators,” Nikon explains on its site. “In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let's come out of this even better.”

As part of the course, students will learn about the photographer’s mindset with photographer Kitty Peters, who will “show you simple ways she uses [her camera] to create a storytelling video, whether you’re tasked with shooting a project featuring people, product or vlogging.” In the course, Peters will also share her tips on picking the right lenses, creative photography tips, storytelling methods, and more. 

Girl taking pictures
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Those who want something a bit more specific can log on to learn about photographing kids and pets with lifestyle photographer and Nikon ambassador Tamara Lackey. 

“In this down-to-earth online video class, you’ll learn how to get genuine expressions from children and pets, how to create poses that look and feel natural, how to softly blur the backgrounds, how to set your camera, which lenses are best and more,” Nikon explains. 

People can also learn about photographing people in their natural environments with photographer and Nikon ambassador Joey Terrill. Terrill will share his knowledge on environmental portraiture that “reveals a story about your subject in their environment. Joey will teach you how to create environmental portraits using available and Speedlight flash, how to select the right lens for the photograph and how best to direct your subjects in a clear, positive way that builds trust between you.” 

And that’s just the beginning. Students can learn about landscape photography, macro lenses, shooting music videos, and much more. Log on soon, learn a few tips, and have them at the ready when you can go out, explore, and photograph the world around you once again.