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."

56 Courses and Sets

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56 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & Fundamentals of Photography Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Take your photography skills to the next level and your camera around the world with this two-course set. Revisit the basics and maximize every shot with guidance from an expert in Fundamentals of Photography. From your local park to the Tuscan hills, explore the secrets of great storytelling from a master National Geographic photographer in The Fundamentals of Travel Photography.
  2. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & Fundamentals of Photography Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn everything you need to know about great photography 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 the trickiest shots. Then, get tips from an expert on how to use staples such as lighting, composition, and perspective to optimize your pictures in Fundamentals of...
  3. (Set) Complete Photography Set: 4 Courses Set

    (Set) Complete Photography Set: 4 Courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $909.80 $799.80$909.80
    Get the most comprehensive set on mastering the art of photography available. This four-course set featuring multiple National Geographic master photographers covers everything from the fundamentals of camera equipment to capturing the beauty of any scene, anywhere in the world. This set takes you inside the creative process of the industry’s most sought-after photographers as they reveal their working methods.
  4. (Set) Dog Training 101 & Fundamentals of Photography II Set

    (Set) Dog Training 101 & Fundamentals of Photography II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn from the masters with this two-course set. In Dog Training 101, you’ll learn how to train “in” the good and train “out” the bad behaviors from an award-winning trainer of dog trainers. And with Fundamentals of Photography II, a National Geographic photographer helps you take your photography skills to the next level.
  5. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This two-course set invites you to learn with the masters. Learn how to play a universal instrument from a master with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, discover 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.
  6. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $909.80 $799.80$909.80
    This four-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons.
  7. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons

    Joel Sartore
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
    Fundamentals of Photography II and the short companion The Art of Travel Photography are your ticket to capturing the beauty and awe of any scene. Your guide is Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer. Filled with practical tips, proven techniques, and field demonstrations, these courses help you learn to see the way professional photographers do so you can take compelling photographs anywhere.
  8. (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & Masters of Photography Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Forge a link between great art and great photographs with this set of courses. First, discover how to look at and understand great art with 36 richly illustrated lectures including hands-on studio demonstrations. Then join master photographers from National Geographic to uncover techniques for mastery of lighting, composition, capturing the perfect moment, and so much more.
  9. (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & Fundamentals of Photography II Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Open your artistic eyes to capturing the world around you like never before with this two-course set. Master the basics with Fundamentals of Photography II, and then pack your camera and learn to take photos on the go in The Fundamentals of Travel Photography.
  10. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Masters of Photography Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn how to master the art of photography from the masters. Start by gaining a deep understanding of how best to capture photographs in nature with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography, taught by two National Geographic experts. Then get tips on all aspects of photography from a selection of twelve professionals in National Geographic Masters of Photography.
  11. (Set) 7938:7931,7923,7912 Set

    (Set) 7938:7931,7923,7912

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $564.85 Starting at $564.85 $639.85 $564.85$639.85
    Photography is an important part of our lives, becoming more prevalent with the advent of smartphone cameras. This set of three photography courses taught by National Geographic masters teaches you tips, tricks, and techniques to take amazing photographs in even the most difficult situations, such as traveling, underwater, in the dark, action shots, and more—including tips for maximizing shots on your smartphone.
  12. (Set) How to Draw & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) How to Draw & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Certain characteristics of art transcend the medium. With this two-course set including How to Draw and Fundamentals of Photography, you’ll learn how to look at your subject in a whole new way, as well as key insights into how to use light, negative space, and more that help you create both amazing sketches and photographs.
  13. (Set) Dog Training 101 & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Dog Training 101 & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Let the experts show you how it’s done with this two-course set. Dog Training 101 introduces you to a trainer of dog trainers who provides evidence-based methods for teaching your dog. Fundamentals of Photography provides you with everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer.
  14. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    The world is full of natural wonders and this two-course set, developed in partnership with National Geographic, introduces you to aspects you've never considered and how to capture them. Uncover North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional...
  15. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,274.75 Starting at $1,274.75 $1,464.75 $1,274.75$1,464.75
    This five-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, Fundamentals of Photography, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  16. (Set) National Geographic Masters of Photography & Fundamentals of Photography Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    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.