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The National Geographic Guide to Landscape & Wildlife Photography

by The Great Courses
$84.99$234.99

Capture the diverse beauty of nature with your camera.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 24 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a course guidebook
  • More than 12 hours of close-up instruction
  • 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

Take a journey with National Geographic photographers Michael Melford and Tim Laman as they share their secrets for capturing powerful images of the natural world. Discover industry tools and techniques to take smarter, sharper photos, whether you’re in your backyard or an exotic faraway land.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Landscape Photographer, Landscape Artist
31:08
Meet your first instructor, Michael Melford, and get started by understanding the essence of great landscape photography. Michael explains the elements and tools you'll need to capture breathtaking shots and what has influenced his own work.
2. Seeing the Way the Camera Sees
25:31
3. What's in My Bag?
32:01
4. Four Kinds of Light in Landscapes
27:35
5. Landscapes Color Variation & Combinations
31:53
6. Nighttime & Daytime Skyscapes
30:26
7. Above- & Below-Surface Waterscapes
30:18
8. Landscape Photography Site Research
27:47
9. Drive-By Photography Travel Photos
31:14
10. Computer Editing: Review & Cataloging
30:43
11. Computer Editing: Development
29:54
12. Five Ideas for Successful Landscape Photos
30:47
13. Wildlife Photography
34:19
14. Photographing Winter Wildlife
30:21
15. Photographing Island Wildlife
26:18
16. Nighttime Wildlife Photography
29:30
17. Documenting Biodiversity
30:28
18. Photographing Life in the Sea
30:40
19. Camera Traps for Elusive Wildlife
29:54
20. Antarctica: A Photographer's Paradise
27:05
21. Photography on the Road
26:48
22. Orangutans: Photographing Animal Communities
32:27
23. Birds of Paradise: Ultimate Photo Challenge
30:46
24. Getting Your Best Wildlife Photo
32:43

Recommended with this class

  • Point-and-shoot or DSLR camera
  • Tripod

Taught by

Michael Melford & Tim Laman
Michael Melford & Tim Laman
Michael Melford is an award-winning photographer who specializes in travel and landscape photography, serving National Geographic for more than 30 years. Tim Laman, a regular National Geographic magazine contributor for nearly 20 years, takes a scientific approach to his work, documenting endangered species and biodiversity hotspots.

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