Professor Michael Melford

Professor Michael Melford
  • National Geographic Photographer
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.
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 http://www.michaelmelford.com/
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27 Courses and Sets

  1. National Geographic Masters of Photography

    National Geographic Masters of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (189)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    National Geographic Masters of Photography goes inside the creative process of the industry’s most sought-after photographers as they reveal their working methods. By observing photographers who have mastered the trade, 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 shared or taught in an ordinary classroom.
  2. The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.5 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (62)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    In The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography, National Geographic photographers Michael Melford and Tim Laman reveal stories and secrets about great landscape and wildlife photography. Taking you around the world, their 24 visually-rich lectures present the art of seeing that’s key to taking unforgettable photos of desert cliffs, penguin colonies, dramatic waterfalls, and more.
  3. (SET) Outdoor Fundamentals & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (SET) Outdoor Fundamentals & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    After enjoying this two-course set, you’ll want nothing for than to grab your camera and head into the great outdoors to capture beautiful images both near and far. Start with Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe, in which a highly experienced and accredited wilderness guide gives you the practical skills and knowledge you need to set off for the water or the woods. Then, join two...
  4. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    National Geographic is known for stunning photography in amazing locations, and this two-course set brings you some of the best of both. 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, feast your eyes on the astonishing and remote locations of the world with...
  5. (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.
  6. (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.
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
  9. (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.
  10. (SET) The Wonders of America's State Parks & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (SET) The Wonders of America's State Parks & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Make your next visit to one of America’s state parks even more rewarding with this two-course learning experience from The Great Courses. In The Wonders of America’s State Parks, enjoy a riveting adventure through more than 100 state wilderness areas stretching from New England to the Pacific Northwest to the Hawaiian Islands. Then, in The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography, expert...
  11. 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.
  12. (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.
  13. (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.
  14. (Set) Dog Training 101 & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) Dog Training 101 & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn from the best of the best with this two-course set. An award-winning trainer of dog trainers introduces you to evidence-backed practices that help you better teach your dog with Dog Training 101. Then, two National Geographic photographers provide tips and tricks to capturing amazing pictures in The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography.
  15. (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.
  16. (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...
  17. (Set) National Geographic Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$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.
  18. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This two-set course allows you to both learn about and capture the natural wonders around you. Start with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America and discover birding in a thrilling course presented by a world class birding expert. Then, learn how to capture wildlife on film, led by two renowned photographers with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography.
  19. (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.
  20. (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Understand and capture the astonishing world around you with this two-course set. Discover the remarkable science of bird life with The Scientific Wonder of Birds. Then, join a photographic expedition and learn what it takes to get great images of animals with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography.