The current coronavirus crisis has left much of the world quarantined at home. So what do you do with all that time, locked down within the same four walls every day?

If you’ve been trying to learn how to be a better photographer and sound designer, April might be your month.

However, some of the biggest names in the imaging and video industry have started doing their part as well. Some have started hosting informal online get-togethers, some are free hosting webinars, and some are even temporarily unlocking their online learning content. 

We’ve looked through everything that’s on offer from the big guns and put together a list of the stuff that’s well worth your time investigating.

So find a comfy chair and check out the five best free photography and sound editing courses and content to keep you busy during the coronavirus quarantine.

1.Nikon School Online

Nikon has made every course on its Nikon School Online portal free for the month of April, including everything from a 41-minute speed light class with Joe McNally to Chris Hershman class on creating music videos that lasts over an hour.The classes were earlier normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each.

“Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators,” says the manufacturer. “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.”

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Leica Akademie has launched the #StayAtHomeWithLeica initiative, offering complimentary online talks in conjunction with a photo challenge on the @LeicaCameraUSA Instagram. Free courses include Family as Subject: A conversation with Ashly Stohl and Gus Powell and Stories Behind the Pictures with Dennys IIic – Sci-Fi & Beyond. 

“While we are currently practicing social distancing, we are connected over our common love of photography,” says Leica. “The creative pursuit of photography is a daily exercise, and to ensure you’re equipped with the tools you need during this challenging time, we’re pleased to announce the #StayHomeWithLeica program.

“The program will feature online series of complimentary Leica Akademie talks with opportunities to connect through social media, virtual meet-ups at our Leica stores, and weekly Instagram photo challenges designed to nurture your passion for photography and foster our connection as a community while sheltering in place.”

3.DxO free webinars

DxO is hosting a series of free live webinars throughout April, enabling you to watch along as experts share their step-by-step workflows on shooting and processing images – and you have the opportunity to ask questions in real time. 

Professional photography educators who will be hosting talks include DxO Ambassador Fabio Antenore, YouTuber PhotoJoseph, and instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology Dan Hughes.

4. Sennheiser

Sennheiser announced a series of webinars in the coming weeks to learn about a wide range of topics, from RF and microphone basics, to roundtable discussions with sound engineers, as well as a chance to put your questions to our application engineering team.

These high-end presentations are aimed at professionals from the music and AV industries, film and video production teams, as well as the education and corporate sectors. Designed with a more global audience in mind, talks will be available in English with some German and French sessions, and will be offered three times per day to accommodate multiple time zones.

5.Adorama Coffee with Creators 

There are always some great Adorama deals available on photographic kit, but the retailer has gone the extra step in supporting creatives during the coronavirus crisis with a series of daily Facebook Live programs called Coffee With Creators. 

Hosted by photographer Seth Miranda, the idea is to bring creators together for fun, laid-back conversations to stay inspired and motivated. Guests include names like Joe McNally and YouTubers like Team Spooky. 

As an added bonus, there will be surprise live giveaways at the end of some broadcasts based on the hashtags #Adorama and #CreateNoMatterWhat – a community campaign to engage creators who are stuck indoors, and to bring the artistic community together and to encourage each other.

Some More Free Online Courses for your Quarantine:

  1. Harvard Business School(HBS) Free Online Courses:Starts from 9th April
  2. WHO Free Online Courses 2020 with Certificates: Registrations Open

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