COVID is still hurting pro photographers in 2024. Why, and what can we do?

Covid Street Photo - man with mask
(Image credit: Adam Juniper)

Ah, I remember COVID – the pandemic that saw us wearing masks, sitting at home with "un" loved ones, walking the dog while taking the fear of death in our stride, or trying to pass the time with new hobbies (some of which have turned into full-scale habits). I refuse to mention my sim racing habit and the money (I don’t have) that I spent on it. Whoops.

The impact of the socially distancing flu was immeasurable. Production seemed to stop on just about everything, and no marketing money was being spent either. Well, that was true for a while, until marketing and the challenge of working from home seemed to figure out how to get work done.

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Dan M Lee
Pro Travel and Adventure Photographer, Educator and Author

Dan M Lee is a professional travel and adventure photographer who has shared his knowledge with hundreds of individuals through his in-person wilderness photography training and thousands more through his writing. That includes a book, Creating Photography: The Professional Edge but the way to get involved is to join him on an expedition via

Dan has a broad range of photographic interests – and tech enthusiasm – which he can trace back to his first job, while still at school, in a photography shop in England. He has since been lured across the Atlantic to New York City where he undertakes commissions for numerous publishers.

His extensive traveling means he can be out of his home for more than half the year, which has also seen him develop an interest in smart security systems.

He is also a regular on the Not The Gear and The Grumpy Photographer podcasts.