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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 photographer Joel Sartore as he teaches you the secrets to taking great photographs in these two spectacular new courses.

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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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Ever wish you could capture memories with the skill of the photographers that work for National Geographic? Now you can! Professional photographer Joel Sartore has crafted two courses that are packed with expert techniques you can apply on your adventures. Fundamentals of Photography teaches the art and craft of the camera and The Art of Travel Photography delves further into techniques that will have you taking spectacular images of your next vacation.

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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 Magazine Fellow

    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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