Staying inside your home or condo for longer periods can be distressing, but instead of focusing on your routines during the enhanced community quarantine, you can also use this time to learn about new things. Flex those long-dormant creative neurons and stimulate your mind with these free tutorials and fun lessons:
- Learn photography online
Photography enthusiasts can take their skills up a notch with the free online classes launched last week by Fujifilm Philippines through the Fujifilm Academy Online. The first lessons released include simple one-light setups by Jerico Montemayor and editing JPEGs by Magic Liwanag.
The next lessons will be on April 1 for Astrophotography (John Kimwell Laluma) and Music Video Production (Silver Belen), April 6 for Food Photography and Photography at Home (Food MNL Studios) and Street Photography (Evan Grabador), and April 13 on Professional Quality Livestreaming by Ted Claudio. Visit Fujifilm Philippines on Facebook for more details.
- Discover the artist in you
Eliminate boredom among kids and kids-at-heart with free drawing classes and art workshops online. Robert Alejandro, an award-winning graphic artist and children’s book illustrator offers an hour of live streaming art classes on Facebook @thissideupmanila or via his personal Facebook account to provide comfort for children who feel isolated at home.
- Take e-learning courses
“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching” is a life quote that always pushes us to advance our knowledge or venture into other fields. The best news is, technology allows us to do so most of the time, free of charge!
Digital Photography Exposed is a 12-part course from Harvard University is a few years old now according to techradar.com, but “it’s long been one of our top recommendations for beginners (or intermediates) who are looking to get a solid grounding in the photographic fundamentals.”
Learn video editing skills through Apple’s new extended trial for Final Cut Pro X from its original 30 days to 90 days. You can also spice up your home cooking by learning from the masters, as different chefs have opened up online cooking classes through their social media platforms. One of them is Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura through the show Kitchen Quarantine on Instagram TV.
- Listen to Podcast
Listen to different viewpoints and expand your knowledge with over 30 million episodes of 800,000 podcasts available on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. The choices can be overwhelming, but no matter what subject you’re into, chances are there is a podcast about it, with a lot of new ones coming out daily, too. You might want to listen to Startup, Comments By Celebs, Finding Fred, The Habitat, or Girl Gang: The Podcast.
- Play some music
Filipinos just love music and singing. You can use this time to learn how to play an instrument or get a free vocal training. Fender.com is offering 3 months of free guitar lessons online. There are also numerous vocal tutorials on Youtube, with Singing Lessons by Sarah and Singersadvice.com as one of the latest tutorials released.
- Flex those muscles or learn yoga
Avoid being sedentary at all times by checking out some exercises you can do at home. There’s Fitness Boxing or Ring Fit on your Nintendo Switch. Or if you prefer free workouts and yoga sessions go to Zumba at Live Love Party or Yoga with Adriene on Youtube (her 30 Days of Yoga helps you ease into yoga stretches). These programs will help keep you fit and feeling positive at home.