Professor Joel Sartore

Professor Joel Sartore
  • National Geographic Photographer
  • Photographer
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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.

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 www.joelsartore.com and photoark.com). 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.

Testimonials

"Joel Sartore is a wonderful photographer, and a dandy lecturer, with all kinds of different ideas about the ways and means of improving your photographic interests. Highly recommend."

 

"Mr. Sartore is very engaging, easy to follow, and fun. He simplifies things in memorable ways. I learned a ton about photography, and the course inspired me to learn way more about my camera than I ever thought I would."

 

"Joel Sartore is not only engaging, but also great at explaining the tools to taking amazing photographs. I look forward to taking what I have learned on my next trip!"

 

"Joel Sartore consistently surprises me, not just with his photography, but with his ability to teach and inspire other photographers. He makes learning the craft of photography both accessible and a great pleasure to hear. When I need someone to make sense out of photography I turn to Joel for straight talk."

 

"Joel is funny and entertaining, but also very much to the point; great photography is not about the gear, it's about seeing well."

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  1. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & How to Look at and Understand Great Art Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & How to Look at and Understand Great Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    If you are familiar with the essentials of photography, this two-course set will take your abilities to the next level. Start with Fundamentals of Photography II to transform yourself from a good photographer into a great one. Then take an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the different lenses of technique to learn how to best appreciate it with How to Look at and Understand Great...
  2. (Set) 3 National Geographic Photography Courses Set

    (Set) 3 National Geographic Photography Courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $564.85 Starting at $564.85 $639.85 $564.85$639.85
    Be inspired by master photographers in this three-course set produced in partnership with National Geographic. Start with the fundamentals of the photographer’s craft, learn the secrets behind spectacular vacation photos, and follow 12 of National Geographic’s most talented photographers around the world as they reveal their methods and the stories behind their most famous works.
  3. (Set)  Raising Kids Who Thrive & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Raising Kids Who Thrive & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Our kids grow up so fast, we need a high-speed camera to catch the action. Learn how to see as a professional photographer does in Fundamentals of Photography, so you can truly capture the moment. And keep those moments happy with Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids who Thrive, which delivers a wealth of practical tips to help children reach their full potential intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.
  4. (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & National Geographic Masters of Photography Set

    (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & National Geographic Masters of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    If you’ve ever wanted to shoot photographs like a pro, then don’t miss this two-course set. National Geographic photographer Bob Krist shares his lessons, tips, tricks, techniques, and insights directly with you in The Fundamentals of Travel Photography. Then, discover the photography secrets of the experts with National Geographic Masters of Photography.
  5. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & Fundamentals of Photography II Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & Fundamentals of Photography II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Go beyond the basics of great photography with tips straight from professional photographers in this two-course set. Start with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography, where two photographers share tips to getting amazing shots in difficult circumstances. Then, get advanced tips from an expert on how to shoot on location, use specialty filters, and more in Fundamentals of Photography II.
  6. (Set) 7939:7931,7923,7901 Set

    (Set) 7939:7931,7923,7901

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $704.85 Starting at $704.85 $809.85 $704.85$809.85
    Get more from your pictures. This three-course set allows you to take a deeper dive into the art of photography as you follow National Geographic masters of photography. By observing photographers who have mastered the trade, you’ll gain rich insights into how to approach your own images, boost your confidence as you work, and improve your photographs by learning skills that are rarely taught in an ordinary...
  7. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & Fundamentals of Photography

    Joel Sartore
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has crafted a two-course set that will hone your photographer's eye so you can capture the greatest moments in nearly every situation and setting imaginable. Fundamentals of Photography I and II is a visually dazzling set, an excellent opportunity to learn from this master photographer, and your ticket to transforming yourself from a good photographer into a great one.
  8. (Set) National Geographic Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons Set on sale

    (Set) National Geographic Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $285.00 Starting at $60.90 $369.90 $60.90$369.90
    Bring your photography skills into focus with this two-course set produced in partnership with National Geographic. In The Art of Travel Photography, learn how to go "beyond the postcard" and take memorable shots of your next vacation. Then, in Masters of Photography, travel to some of the most exotic and sometimes dangerous locations in the world with 12 professional photographers.
  9. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Look at art through a whole new lens with this two-course set. Start by gaining a new set of creative and analytical tools to bring with you to the movies with How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Then, learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience with Fundamentals of Photography.
  10. (Set) Screenwriting 101 & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Screenwriting 101 & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Tap into your artistic side with this eye-opening two-course set. Start by discovering what lies at the heart of amazing films in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. Then, learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer in Fundamentals of Photography.
  11. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,369.70 Starting at $1,369.70 $1,564.70 $1,369.70$1,564.70
    This six-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, Fundamentals of Photography, National Geographic Masters of Photography, The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons>, and Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  12. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Capturing the perfect shot out in the field is a creative challenge, especially in extreme conditions. Fundamentals of Photography II shows you how photographers solve these problems. National Geographic Polar Explorations takes you to the ends of the earth with action-packed lectures that include how to navigate the challenges of photographing wildlife, white-on-white landscapes, and more.
  13. (Set) Polar Explorations & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
    Prepare for an epic vacation with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in The Art of Travel Photography, learn how to go beyond the postcard and capture all the sights.
  14. (Set) Discovering Your Roots & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Discovering Your Roots & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
  15. (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
    Whether you’re visiting the local park or an African Safari, you can learn how to capture the moment and tell the story with this two-course set. Learn how to record your travels just like the professionals with this 24-lecture course by an acclaimed National Geographic photographer in The Fundamentals of Travel Photography. Then, The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons is your ticket to capturing the...
  16. The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography, Fundamentals of Photography, Fundamentals of Photography II, National Geographic Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography, Fundamentals of Photography, Fundamentals of Photography II, National Geographic Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,034.75 Starting at $1,034.75 $1,179.75 $1,034.75$1,179.75
    This fascinating five-course set gives you the secrets to taking amazing photographs. Join the masters from the gold-standard institution for photography, National Geographic, and discover tips, tricks, and secrets to capturing pictures of everything, everywhere, as you set up studio shots and venture out in the field and around the world gaining invaluable insights.
  17. (Set) 7940:7931,7912,7901 Set

    (Set) 7940:7931,7912,7901

    Joel Sartore
    Starting at $564.85 Starting at $564.85 $639.85 $564.85$639.85
    With this set of three captivating photography courses, you’ll learn how to see like a professional photographer. These courses will run you through Fundamentals I and II, and Travel Photography, teaching you to see the way professional photographers do and how to use the same fundamental techniques experts use to create unforgettable images from the grandest—and humblest—of subjects.
  18. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Masters of Photography Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Masters of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Novice and experienced photographers alike will gain invaluable tips from this two-course set. In Fundamentals of Photography II, learn about capturing the perfect shot out in the field. In National Geographic Masters of Photography meet a dozen world-class experts for this one-of-a-kind instructional series that will forever change the way you approach photography.
  19. (Set) National Geographic Masters of Photography & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) National Geographic Masters of Photography & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Capture awe-inspiring photos with this two-course set. First, in Our Night Sky, get a handle on the movement of stars and planets seen from Earth. Then, in Masters of Photography, take a master class that shows you what it takes to capture striking photos of nature.
  20. (Set) How to Paint & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) How to Paint & Fundamentals of Photography

    Joel Sartore
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Take your artistic skills to the next level by mastering the fundamentals with this two-course set. Explore both the technical and intuitive elements of a universal art form with How to Paint. And learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with Fundamentals of Photography.