National Geographic Masters of Photography

Taught By Multiple Professors
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where are my discs? I bought this product almost a month ago and still have not got the discs.
Date published: 2020-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masters of Photography I appreciate the individual photographers sharing what they've learned through their decades of experience. Hearing and seeing their process evolving is a very positive life lesson for me. As Michael Melford says, "calm, patience and perseverance" are what great photo light is all about!
Date published: 2020-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good features I bought this around a month ago and I think it's an alright thing to buy. If you want to learn about how professional photographers got to where they are now then I would recommend this for you. I wish they were a little more exciting about it and I wish it was a little more fun to watch but overall I think it's an okay purchase.
Date published: 2020-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful content - great pictures I enjoy learning how these various professional photographers plan and execute their photography. Quality content.
Date published: 2020-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good insights from great experienced photographers I picked this course to have much expectation in learning more of the technical aspects behinds these great photographers but they don't share as much as I like. The course is more like a great painter sharing how they see a subject and the equipment, team you need to create the images are almost impossible for amateur photographer.
Date published: 2020-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great detail I have only watched the first of this. I really like how he talked about it and why he said what he said about it. I'm looking forward to watching more of it.
Date published: 2020-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much detail The “courses plus” is such a great value. I’ll just focus on one topic, nature and wildlife. I’ve seen thousands of nature shows, though I knew it all. Nope, this truly is like being in a college classroom, only more entertaining with great visuals. I was wanting some edification in my life on a broad range of topics. For the subjects I’m only mildly interested in I watch while I’m working on projects, get enough information to satiate me. If you can’t find multiple topics that appeal to you you need to leave the house and get a life or a hobby. My only criticism is that some of the professors aren’t the best speakers, they’re mostly reading a script, would like those videos better if they’d hired a voice actor.
Date published: 2020-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed value I like about four speakers in this series. Many others are just very slow; I tried to go through all material but wish there is a fast forward button or adjustable speed control.
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not instructional. Very disappointed. Too much talk, some interesting. But if you want to know how to capture the images they show, go someplace else.
Date published: 2020-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and interesting I learned a Lot and found the course fun and interesting. Recommend this course to all beginners!!!
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course for photographers who dream big! I'm only part way through the course and this is my first program from "The Great Courses." It's amazing to watch these photographers in action. However, I'm pretty much relegated to backyard wilderness and no budget. It's fun to hear them talk about thousands of dollars and tons of gear and needing a helicopter to get them to places. And then there's staying for weeks or months at a time. I'm sure there will be some carryover and useable applications for my humble photography. I have to carry everything myself and don't have access to a helicopter. On second thought, I do have a small drone with a pretty nice camera. But it certainly is exciting to see how National Geographic photographers live and work and there's definitely a lot I'll get out of the course. It's worth my time and money.
Date published: 2020-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Photography I bought this course a few weeks ago. It was my first Great Courses experience and I was amazed at the visual quality and the knowledge and experience of the instructors. I've enjoyed every episode so far. The photography is so wonderful I find my self thinking about it days later.
Date published: 2020-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masters reveal their secrets Well not really secrets per se but they talk about their experiences and how they see photography. They don't focus on settings as much as the philosophy, science, and practice. It's well worth the price if you're looking to advance your photography.
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting photographic topics Iam very happy to have purchased the photography course.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Info for New & Intermediate Photographers Straightforward instruction by example. In each section the photographer presents images from previous assignments and walks you through the relevant techniques and creative process. With each section an assignment is suggested so you can practice what is taught in the lesson. If you are an experienced photographer, it may be a little elementary but still worth the time. It is interesting to see each photographers workflow, and I think there is plenty of new info that will improve the quality of my photos. Wish more time was dedicated to technical aspects, offset by maybe a little less time spent discussing story behind the images.
Date published: 2020-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Took my portfolio to NG back in the fall of 1978. Would have hired me but I didn't have stories to go with the photos. Had I'd known, well, then i would have known.
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gave me hope for my photos I loved the instructors and their stories. A little more advanced than my camera and skills but so interesting. The number one thing I took away from it is patience and to keep going back until you get what you want.
Date published: 2019-09-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointing While I'm only about 1/3 of the way through the DVD, I've found the information vague and not really constructive to improving my skills. For instance, the assignment in the first course presented by Cory Richards says- and this is a direct quote: "Pick a skill set in photography that isn't your best or most solid, such as portraits, landscapes or wildlife. Then go out in the field and refine your skills." If I knew how to refine my skills, why do I need a course by Cory Richards? What I need is someone showing me the HOW of refining those skills. Little tricks or hacks. How to work the lighting better, etc. Anyway, so far very disappointed and not impressed.
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great way to get new doses of inspiration I just signed up for this course and have already viewed three chapters.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nat geo masters of photography I was quite excited to order this as I am try to become a better photographer, needless to say I was quite disappointed once i began viewing the “lessons”. I was under the obviously mistaken impression that the lessons were going to be of a more technical nature. Instead, what I found them to be a group on National Geographic Photographers showing off their photographs and in a sense bragging about where they have gotten to travel while taking pictures for National Geographic. Don’t misunderstand me please, their work is beautiful and yes I am envious of their travels, but this format is not what I was expecting in the least, sorry to say.
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm enjoying the photographer' jorneys and stories I've had this course for several weeks and have enjoyed each section
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed watching this course! It’s very interesting to hear what these great photographers were thinking about when they made their images! There’ a lot of great tips, I learned a lot!
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perspective This course will not teach you about dials and knobs. It will get your mind thinking from a unique perspective. Although at times, some photraphers were giving their own agendas not necessarily about photography but about global warming and or saving the animals. There is nothing wrong with that, they just simply need to reword that in the product description.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Value I have only recently received this course, but a cursory examination indicated that it is exactly what I expected.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant Photography Information !! Wife and I have Purchased 5 Great Courses DVD's .Every One was MORE than Worth what we Paid. As a PHD. Audio Engineer I have Payed more for Less Usable Information.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Sure at this point Only did the 1st chapter. It streams very slowly, not as fast as other courses I am taking.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational I am about 25% of the way through and have not been disappointed.
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I thought this was going to be a course about photography but it was simply a few noted photographers talking about their pictures. No technical information regarding aperture setting, shutter speed and filter use etc was given. I expected more details of how the images were set up and exposed.
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Orofessionsl I am not entirely finished with my first series of classes, but I learn something of value every time move on to the session. So well done. Thank you, thank you.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This is not really a course. National Geographic photographers describe their work, showcase many of their best images, and generally outline how they attempt to tell a story with photographs. Admittedly, the creative process is difficult to describe, but the results here are disappointing. I am relieved that I did not pay full price for these videos.
Date published: 2019-01-23
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National Geographic Masters of Photography
Course Trailer
Redefine Adventure (Adventure)
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 of a locale by using to your advantage techniques including silhouette, leading lines, the vastness of a landscape, and anticipation.

41 min
Broaden Your View (Adventure)
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 viewers closer, creating a studio-lit effect in the field, finding the unexpected, focusing on details, and taking a picture of "people" -without the people....

34 min
Show What No One Has Shown (Adventure)
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 catacomb passages of Paris, and the Myo Lake Room in Papua New Guinea-a place no human had previously been-as he shares tips for lighting and finding adventures close to home....

33 min
Set the Scene, Get Close (Adventure)
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 "scene setter," zoom in or out for maximum impact, and shoot images of the night sky. Also, learn the importance of good lighting and doing your research....

30 min
Understand the Animal (Wildlife)
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 and techniques he relies on, from shutter speeds designed for sports photography to understanding and anticipating an animal's behavior....

32 min
Use All the Tools (Wildlife)
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 field at home to make the ordinary extraordinary, including panning, using eye contact, and incorporating the environment into your portraits....

32 min
Make a Difference (Wildlife)
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 using storyboarding, remotes, and additional tools in wildlife photography, then see how his images have "gone to work" on behalf of endangered species and other animals....

33 min
Go Back, Get It Right (Wildlife)
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 in a world awash in pictures? Find out as Mr. Sartore delves deeper into the art of building photo essays and the mechanics of making exquisite images. Gather tips on lenses, where to photograph animals, and more....

34 min
The Joys of Nature (Landscape)
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 you from the Hebrides of Scotland to his native Kansas as he illuminates how he approaches telling tales in a graphic way....

32 min
Exploring Landscapes (Landscape)
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 learn the "messy" process of how his remarkable landscapes were made. Also, get advice for preventing a "sedentary" feel in your work....

31 min
Guide the Eye (Landscape)
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 his story on China's Jiuzhaigou national park to understand how he approaches landscape projects and creates an air of mystery....

29 min
Moment in Landscape (Landscape)
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 genre specifically. See how Mr. Yamashita uses negative space, sense of scale, leading lines, S-curves, and the rule of thirds....

33 min
Gaining Trust (People)
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 can be to photograph people, particularly when you get behind the public persona. Conclude with a heart-wrenching photo essay on human trafficking....

29 min
Uncover the Human Condition (People)
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 a tourist? Get answers as Ms. Cobb guides you in a close examination of individual photographs that explore the human condition....

31 min
Build Relationships (People)
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 a story; take advantage of intriguing backgrounds, lighting, and atmospherics; and capture people in authentic moments....

29 min
Use the Background (People)
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 impact, including going for less obvious shots and photographing from different angles. Learn how to find the "right" image once you return home....

31 min
Good, Bad, and Magic Light (Color & Light)
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 for-diffuse light, side light, back light, and "magic" light-in addition to the types of filters he uses to control the available light....

37 min
Wait and Work the Shot (Color & Light)
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 Mexico, and other locations he's been assigned. Learn to anticipate the right shot-and be prepared to wait for it....

28 min
Compose with Color (Color & Light)
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 black and white-to communicate emotions. Get practical tips on shooting at different times of day, using backgrounds, creating silhouettes, and more....

31 min
Write with Light (Color & Light)
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 Ms. Griffiths uses light to add drama and interest to portraits, nature shots, and special event photos. Also, find out why you should limit the use of flash....

35 min
50 Years of Telling Stories (Storytelling)
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 using examples from his 40-plus photographic essays for National Geographic, including his groundbreaking first assignment on the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania....

29 min
Moment, Gesture, Place (Storytelling)
22: Moment, Gesture, Place (Storytelling)

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 of a locale by using to your advantage techniques including silhouette, leading lines, the vastness of a landscape, and anticipation.

33 min
Engaging the World (Storytelling)
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, the daily life of the people, and, ultimately, a cohesive feeling or mood in his work....

32 min
Raising Awareness (Storytelling)
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, another development in visual storytelling, through projects on sustainable development in Madagascar and on the devastating effects of kidney disease among sugar cane workers in Nicaragua....

31 min

Professor Bio | 1 of 12

Joel Sartore

The reach of this course amazed me. People from all over the world have written to tell me their pictures are much better because of the lecture series. That's so very satisfying.


National Geographic Photographer

About Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a professional photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His assignments have taken him to some of the world's most beautiful and challenging environments and have brought him face to face with a diversity of wildlife in all 50 U. S. states and all seven continents. He was recently named a National Geographic Fellow for his work on The Photo Ark, a multiyear project to document the world's biodiversity in studio portraits (see and His photograph of a lion in a tree was voted the best picture by National Geographic magazine in 2011, and also won him a 2012 Veolia Environment award for wildlife photography. In addition to his work for National Geographic, Mr. Sartore has contributed to some of the most prestigious and widely read publications, including Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. Mr. Sartore and his work have been the subject of national broadcasts such as National Geographic Explorer, NBC Nightly News, NPR's Weekend Edition, and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He is also a regular contributor to CBS's Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. A noted author and public lecturer on photography to audiences around the world, Mr. Sartore has written several books that highlight his craft and his work. Among these are RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky.

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Professor Bio | 2 of 12

Stephen Alvarez

What we want to do as photographers (is) surprise people and bring them the world they don't expect.


National Geographic Photographer

About Stephen Alvarez

Photographer and filmmaker Stephen Alvarez produces global stories about exploration, adventure, and culture. He has been a National Geographic magazine photographer since 1995 and has published more than a dozen stories with the magazine. Mr. Alvarez has won awards from Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts. His story on the Maya and their religious rituals was exhibited at Visa pour L'Image, a renowned international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. Mr. Alvarez also has produced stories with NPR, including a story on underground Paris that won a 2012 White House News Photographers Association award. He has appeared on NPR, PBS, and CBS News Sunday Morning and at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Shakerag Workshops, National Geographic Live, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and the Banff Centre. Mr. Alvarez is a founding member of, and social media strategist for, The Photo Society, a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic magazine. His work is on the web at

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Professor Bio | 3 of 12

Ira Block

Sometimes, you may get lucky, but for the most part, you need to make your own luck-be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for something interesting to happen.


National Geographic Photographer

About Ira Block

Ira Block is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist, filmmaker, teacher, and workshop leader who has produced more than 30 stories for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, and National Geographic Adventure magazines. He began his career as a newspaper photographer, earning numerous press club awards. His momentous coffee-table book, Saving America's Treasures, was a collaborative effort among the Clinton White House, the National Geographic Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Block's photographic exhibit Faces of Hope, portraits of survivors and images of objects retrieved from the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy, is part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. As an expert in lighting, Mr. Block is sought after for assignments ranging from shooting ancient artifacts in Greece to photographing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi Desert and documenting Moche mummies in Peru. View more of Mr. Block's work at

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Professor Bio | 4 of 12

Jodi Cobb

Always keep in mind that photography is communication: You are telling a story in every image


National Geographic Photographer

About Jodi Cobb

Jodi Cobb's groundbreaking career spans more than three decades as a staff photographer with National Geographic, one of only four women to have held that position in the magazine's history. She has worked in more than 65 countries, documenting closed societies and disappearing cultural traditions. Ms. Cobb is perhaps best known as the first photographer to document the secret lives and rituals of the geisha, revealed in her book Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art. The book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the American Society of Media Photographers Outstanding Achievement Award. In another first, Ms. Cobb provided an unflinching look at the brutal reality of human trafficking in the National Geographic story "21st-Century Slaves." Featured as one of National Geographic's Women of Vision in a new book and exhibition, Ms. Cobb has repeatedly received National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year and World Press awards. In 2012, she was awarded one of journalism's most prestigious honors, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Learn more about Ms. Cobb at

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Professor Bio | 5 of 12

Michael Melford

My gear is very simple, my cameras are simple, my light is simple. I'm here to teach you so that you, too, can make wonderful photographs.


National Geographic Photographer

About Michael Melford

Michael Melford is an internationally recognized photographer who has worked with National Geographic for more than 30 years. He has produced 19 feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 stories for National Geographic Traveler. His work also has been featured on the covers of Newsweek, TIME, LIFE, Fortune, Smithsonian, GEO, Travel + Leisure, Travel Holiday, and Coastal Living. Mr. Melford has won recognition from World Press Photo, the International Center of Photography, the Art Director's Club, and numerous other arts organizations and publications. He also has produced photography for eight National Geographic books, including National Geographic Treasures of Alaska: The Last Great American Wilderness and Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond. Mr. Melford teaches photography primarily through National Geographic; he leads one-day seminars around the country through National Geographic Traveler's photo seminar series and travels with National Geographic Expeditions aboard the small ship fleet and on other trips around the world. Learn more about his work at

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Professor Bio | 6 of 12

Michael Yamashita

Photographers hope to... prompt viewers to exercise their imaginations in looking at an image and gain a different perspective on the world.


National Geographic Photographer

About Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is a 30-year award-winning veteran of National Geographic and has photographed a vast range of topics and locations, most notably in Asia. He has traipsed with camels across the Taklimakan Desert, scaled peaks in Tibet, and journeyed the length of the Great Wall. He has published more than 30 National Geographic magazine features, as well as 10 books. He also has two documentary films to his credit, Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed and Treasure Fleet: The Adventures of Zheng He. His most recent book, Shangri-La: Along the Tea Road to Lhasa, took him to the far reaches of western China and the Himalayas to capture the fast-disappearing ancient culture of Tibet. Mr. Yamashita has taught at major photo workshops and art centers, including the Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Tuscany Photo Workshop, and Palm Beach Photographic Centre. He also has conducted hands-on workshops in such far-flung locales as Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. His work is online at

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Professor Bio | 7 of 12

William Albert Allard

if the connection is strong enough, viewers may feel as if they have come to know something about the person in the photograph-perhaps even what that person might be like to know as a friend.


University of Minnesota


National Geographic Photographer

About William Albert Allard

A major force at National Geographic and in mainstream photography for 50 years, William Albert Allard has contributed to the Society's magazine stories and books as a photographer and writer since 1964. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and the University of Minnesota. Mr. Allard is the author of six highly acclaimed books, including the award-winning Vanishing Breed: Photographs of the Cowboy and the West. His latest book, William Albert Allard: Five Decades, a retrospective and memoir, explores his long career in both words and pictures. Among his worldwide exhibitions, his one-man show at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 2002 was the first exhibit of work by an American artist in Iran since 1979. Considered one of color photography's most celebrated pioneers, Mr. Allard is a former contributor to Magnum Photos, and his prints appear in private and museum collections. Learn more about his work online at

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Professor Bio | 8 of 12

Annie Griffiths

The word photograph actually means "writing with light," and we can all learn to write better by exploring and understanding light.


National Geographic Photographer

About Annie Griffiths

Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career and worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic. Her books include A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs, a memoir about balance and the joy of creating a meaningful life, and National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of 2011 by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In addition to her magazine work, Ms. Griffiths is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document programs that empower women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Known for her warmth and humor as a lecturer, Ms. Griffiths has the innate ability to share stories from her photographs that bring to life both the people and the cultures she documents. Learn more about her work at

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Professor Bio | 9 of 12

Ed Kashi

Caring, passion, and curiosity are the key elements to great storytelling. You must be genuinely interested in the stories and images you are pursuing; otherwise, you will not have the commitment needed to stay focused and engaged in your work.


National Geographic Photographer

About Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, a filmmaker, and an educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. Since 2000, he has pioneered the movement to multimedia and filmmaking in photojournalism, producing an innovative flip-book entitled Iraqi Kurdistan and award-winning short films and multimedia projects on geopolitics and social issues. Mr. Kashi has won numerous awards from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, as well as the UNICEF Photo of the Year for 2010, a Prix Pictet commission in 2010, and honors from Communication Arts and American Photo. He has published seven books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. His latest book, Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period from various locations around the world. View more of Mr. Kashi's work at

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Professor Bio | 10 of 12

Cory Richards

All adventure is created through the people who engage in it


National Geographic Photographer

About Cory Richards

A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012, the same year the American Alpine Club presented him with its Rowell Award. At the 2014 National Geographic Explorers Symposium, Mr. Richards was named to the inaugural group of National Geographic Photography Fellows, whose work combines visual storytelling and exploration. Mr. Richards's camera has taken him from the runway to the wild and remote corners of the world, from Antarctica's unclimbed peaks to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan, in an attempt to capture not only the soul of exploration but also the beauty of modern society. He is a passionate mountain climber on The North Face athletic team and has carved a niche as one of the world's leading adventure and expedition photographers. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and The New York Times. His film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival for Cold. View more of Mr. Richards's work at

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Professor Bio | 11 of 12

Jim Richardson

Landscapes speak to me because for as long as we've been roaming the earth, we've been trying to read the land.


National Geographic Photographer

About Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson has been a photographer for National Geographic for more than 30 years, specializing in global environmental issues and landscapes. He also is interested in the Celtic world, with special attention to Scotland and its remote islands. His documentary photography has focused on the American Great Plains and includes extended coverage of small-town life in his native Kansas. He has a 30-year photographic relationship with the people of Cuba, Kansas (population 220). This unusual body of work has been excerpted in National Geographic, LIFE, and many other publications worldwide. Among his books is The Colorado: A River at Risk, which has been recognized widely for its contribution to awareness of water issues in the American West. In addition to photographing for National Geographic magazine, Mr. Richardson represents National Geographic in keynote presentations, media appearances, cultural enrichment lectures for travel groups, and workshops. To view his portfolio, visit'

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Professor Bio | 12 of 12

Steve Winter

Some of these animals are very secretive, and part of our job as photographers is to figure out how to photograph them.


National Geographic Photographer

About Steve Winter

Steve Winter has been a photojournalist with National Geographic for more than 20 years, specializing in wildlife, particularly big cats. He is also an adventurer who has been attacked by rhinos, stalked by jaguars, and charged by an 11-foot grizzly bear. Mr. Winter was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008 and Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year in 2012 in a competition cosponsored by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide. He won the Pictures of the Year International Global Vision Award in 2010 and 2011 and received first prize in the nature category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014. Mr. Winter is the coauthor of Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat. He lectures globally on photography and conservation issues and has been featured on NPR, as well as the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and other programs. Mr. Winter teaches workshops with Wildlife Photo Masterclass, a cooperative formed by National Geographic photographers. He is on the web at'

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