The Covid19 pandemic changed a lot of things. With the subsequent worldwide lockdown, grounding of all flights and cessation of worldwide travel, this has devastated the tourism and travel industry. Suddenly many were in the same boat, and that boat was full of individuals, small businesses and large corporations. Whether big or small it didn’t matter, all were affected. Every single photography workshop or tour had to be cancelled. It came right at the peak of the spring season.
A lot of money was lost. However, situations such as this bring out the best and worst in people. While the greedy were taking advantage of the desperate need for food and face masks and hiking prices right when people were losing their jobs and their livelihood, I watched as a spirit of camaraderie broke out among the photography community.
Photographers started offering discounts on their online courses, and also many were helping to promote each other via places like YouTube. For my part, I slashed my print sales by offering a 50% discount.
One photographer I know, wildlife photographer Paul Miguel, began promoting other photographers’ YouTube channel via his Facebook page. It was truly inspiring to see how everyone was standing up and saying, let’s help each other out. Paul’s contribution inspired me to write a blog that did the same.