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Partners in Learning

Two trusted names in lifelong learning-The Great Courses and National Geographic-have joined forces to bring you exciting educational adventures. Join award-winning photographers as they teach you the secrets to taking great photographs in these spectacular new courses.

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National Geographic Masters of Photography

Masters of Photography

Multiple Photographers

These lessons by 12 renowned National Geographic photographers offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at their techniques and works. The course is divided into six units: Adventure, Wildlife, Landscape and Nature, People in Their Environments, Color and Light, and Storytelling. In each unit, you’ll gain insight from two photographers into the creative process behind the striking photography you see in National Geographic magazine and other publications. Featured in the course are William Albert Allard, Stephen Alvarez, Ira Block, Jodi Cobb, Annie Griffiths, Ed Kashi, Michael Melford, Cory Richards, Jim Richardson, Joel Sartore, Steve Winter, and Michael Yamashita; plus an introduction by the Society’s Chief Content Officer, Chris Johns, who served as National Geographic’s editor in chief for more than nine years.

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Take beautiful and inspiring photos by learning to “see” like a professional photographer. Taught by an award-winning National Geographic photographer, Fundamentals of Photography is a thorough and easy-to-follow guide that presents tips and techniques guaranteed to improve your photography skills.

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Capture the magic of your travel adventures by learning how to take great photographs under a wide variety of conditions. Taught by Joel Sartore, a National Geographic contributing photographer, The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons is filled with tips, techniques, and field demonstrations that will help you take beautiful photos anywhere you go.

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National Geographic Masters of Photography Set

Be inspired by master photographers in this two-course set produced in partnership with National Geographic. In Fundamentals of Photography, learn to maximize your results with the equipment you have on hand, even if it's just a smartphone. Then, in Masters of Photography, travel around the world with 12 fantastic photographers and learn their secrets.

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What People Are Saying

  • A nuts-and-bolts how-to course. I give it a solid recommendation. —Kanawa, Atlanta, GA
  • This is the best course I have ever seen and it completely changed the way I shoot pictures. — Linda, Miami, FLA
  • This course is fabulous! It's easy to follow and understand. I have learned so much! —Allie, Mason MI


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    National Geographic Photographer

    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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