National Geographic Masters of Photography Course

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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Redefine Adventure (Adventure)
Follow how Cory Richards's approach to adventure photography has evolved beyond capturing the pure danger of climbing into something larger. Discover ways to reveal the human element in and culture…
Episode 2 Broaden Your View (Adventure)
Continue your exploration of adventure photography by looking deeper at ways to create dynamic results. Look closely at compelling shots from Mr. Richards's portfolio as he illuminates techniques for drawing…
Episode 3 Show What No One Has Shown (Adventure)
Head underground with Stephen Alvarez, a photographer who specializes in subterranean spaces and extreme terrain. Travel to breathtaking locales via his portfolio, including Oman on the Arabian Peninsula, Madagascar, the…
Episode 4 Set the Scene, Get Close (Adventure)
Conclude your lesson on adventure photography by applying the skills you've acquired to the broader world. See what works and what doesn't as you explore how to craft a great…
Episode 5 Understand the Animal (Wildlife)
Jaguars. Snow leopards. Rhinoceroses. How do wildlife photographers such as Steve Winter capture once-in-a-lifetime, emotion-filled images of such elusive--and dangerous--animals? Find out as he takes you through the essential tools…
Episode 6 Use All the Tools (Wildlife)
Photographing a bird in the jungle is no different than photographing a bird in your own back yard. Learn how you can use the skills wildlife photographers employ in the…
Episode 7 Make a Difference (Wildlife)
Good light. Good composition. A moment. Explore the key ingredients of a great photograph with Joel Sartore as you continue investigating what makes an ordinary picture extraordinary. Get pointers on…
Episode 8 Go Back, Get It Right (Wildlife)
These days, good equipment isn't hard to come by and many people are able to take tight, standard shots of wildlife in focus. So, how can you do something original…
Episode 9 The Joys of Nature (Landscape)
According to Jim Richardson, "When we tell the story of the Earth, we are telling the story of ourselves and our relationship to the Earth." Here, the veteran photographer takes…
Episode 10 Exploring Landscapes (Landscape)
Return to Boreray, the Callanish Stones, the Isle of Muck, and other locations Mr. Richardson took you to in the previous lesson, so you can go behind the scenes to…
Episode 11 Guide the Eye (Landscape)
As Michael Yamashita walks you through his body of work--which includes everything from a Zen garden to New Jersey traffic--pick up tips for shooting simple but effective landscapes. Go inside…
Episode 12 Moment in Landscape (Landscape)
Continue to investigate what makes a great landscape photo by looking at the three key elements of any great photo--light, composition, and a moment--and how these ingredients factor into this…
Episode 13 Gaining Trust (People)
As you trace the diverse career of Jodi Cobb--who has photographed everyone from famous musicians to the highly shrouded women of Saudi Arabia and geisha of Japan--discover how rewarding it…
Episode 14 Uncover the Human Condition (People)
How do you approach people and get their permission to be photographed? How can you ensure you're telling a story in every image? What's the difference between a photographer and…
Episode 15 Build Relationships (People)
Find out how Ira Block learned to incorporate people and interact with subjects even when conditions--be they language or weather--were against him. Discover how to make visual connections that advance…
Episode 16 Use the Background (People)
To capture a moment, you have to be ready. Mr. Block shares how he stays prepared as he walks you through various ways to approach people and produce pictures with…
Episode 17 Good, Bad, and Magic Light (Color & Light)
Join Michael Melford, a landscape photographer and expert in natural light, for a discussion on lighting fundamentals. Take a deep dive into the four kinds of light he specifically looks…
Episode 18 Wait and Work the Shot (Color & Light)
What is it like to go on assignment for National Geographic? Find out as Mr. Melford takes you through his process during shoots in Death Valley, Glacier National Park, New…
Episode 19 Compose with Color (Color & Light)
What is there to know about color? Plenty, as you'll discover in this enlightening discussion with Annie Griffiths. Watch as she demonstrates how to use the different "personalities" of colors--including…
Episode 20 Write with Light (Color & Light)
Light is the most elemental part of any photograph, yet it's easy to neglect. Study how light leads the eye through an image and unifies a composition, then learn how…
Episode 21 50 Years of Telling Stories (Storytelling)
How do photographers put pictures together to tell a story? What needs to be included for a photo essay to be successful? William Albert Allard answers these questions in detail…
Episode 22 Moment, Gesture, Place (Storytelling)
Dive deeper into the matter of visual storytelling and get background on Mr. Allard's process. Consider how to craft photographs that show a sense of place, find lead images, capture…
Episode 23 Engaging the World (Storytelling)
Ed Kashi, who has photographed in difficult locations from Syria to Nigeria, expands your education on storytelling by sharing how he captures political issues, cultures, landscapes, a sense of place,…
Episode 24 Raising Awareness (Storytelling)
The digital revolution has radically altered both the media and journalism, and here, you'll see the impact mobile photography has had on Mr. Kashi's work. But first, examine advocacy journalism,…

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Fall in love all over again with black-and-white photography, which looks great in just about any light and allows you to create compositions and moods you could never achieve with color photography. As Professor Sartore demonstrates, it's a powerful way of getting to the essence of your subject.
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