Online Class

National Geographic Masters of Photography

by The Great Courses
$69.99$234.99

*EXCLUDED FROM SALE PRICING* Discover foolproof methods for better photography from 12 top National Geographic photographers. Conquer skills for landscapes, wildlife, portraits and beyond.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 24 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a complete course guide
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Taking better photographs is a snap with this first-hand look at the creative process of award-winning National Geographic photographers who have mastered the trade. During class, you'll gain rich insight for your own images and develop a toolkit of simple but effective techniques to use again and again. Your journey begins with adventure photography, as you see how to reveal the culture of a locale through silhouette, leading lines, the vastness of a landscape and anticipation. Then, learn how panning and incorporating the environment will lead to better photos of wildlife in your own backyard. Want to harness light for more impact? Take a deep dive into the four kinds of light: diffuse light, sidelight, backlight and "magic" light, before learning the "personalities" of colors. Plus, conquer the three key elements of any great landscape — light, composition and the moment — and end class with simple strategies for emotionally compelling storytelling.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Redefine Adventure (Adventure)
40:32
Learn how Cory Richards' 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 of a locale using techniques including silhouette, leading lines, the vastness of a landscape and anticipation.
2. Broaden Your View (Adventure)
33:42
3. Show What No One Has Shown (Adventure)
32:37
4. Set the Scene, Get Close (Adventure)
29:48
5. Understand the Animal (Wildlife)
31:49
6. Use All the Tools (Wildlife)
31:59
7. Make a Difference (Wildlife)
33:22
8. Go Back, Get It Right (Wildlife)
34:17
9. The Joys of Nature (Landscape)
32:11
10. Exploring Landscapes (Landscape)
30:31
11. Guide the Eye (Landscape)
28:45
12. Moment in Landscape (Landscape)
32:33
13. Gaining Trust (People)
28:49
14. Uncover the Human Condition (People)
31:11
15. Build Relationships (People)
29:02
16. Use the Background (People)
30:36
17. Good, Bad & Magic Light (Color & Light)
37:02
18. Wait & Work the Shot (Color & Light)
27:32
19. Compose With Color (Color & Light)
31:27
20. Write With Light (Color & Light)
34:51
21. 50 Years of Telling Stories (Storytelling)
29:04
22. Moment, Gesture, Place (Storytelling)
32:43
23. Engaging the World (Storytelling)
31:39
24. Raising Awareness (Storytelling)
30:34

Taught by

12 Photography Masters
12 Photography Masters
Learn from 12 top National Geographic photographers: William Albert Allard is an award-winning photographer and writer who has contributed to National Geographic since 1964. Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning expedition photographer and filmmaker who has worked with National Geographic since 1995. Ira Block is an internationally renowned, award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker who has produced more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine and its affiliates. Jodi Cobb has worked in more than 65 countries, documenting closed societies and disappearing cultural traditions. She has spent more than 30 years as an award-winning National Geographic staff photographer. Annie Griffiths is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images. Ed Kashi is an award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker and educator whose work is frequently featured by National Geographic. Michael Melford is an award-winning photographer who specializes in travel and landscape photography. He has worked with National Geographic for more than 30 years. Cory Richards is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, specializing in adventure and expedition photography. He frequently contributes to National Geographic. Jim Richardson is an award-winning photographer, specializing in landscapes, global issues, and rural life, who has worked with National Geographic for more than 30 years. Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer who has contributed to National Geographic for more than 25 years and lectures to audiences around the world. Steve Winter is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in big cats. He has worked with National Geographic for more than 20 years. Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer specializing in regional photography. He has worked with National Geographic for more than 30 years.

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