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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28 Courses and Sets

  1. National Geographic Masters of Photography

    National Geographic Masters of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4 out of 5
    68% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (209)
    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
    (66)
    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) 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.
  4. (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.
  5. (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...
  6. (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.
  7. (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.
  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 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.
  10. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Parks Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Nature, in all its abundance, begs to be photographed. This two-course set shows you where, what, and how to photograph the most amazing wildlife and landscapes ever. Start by gaining a deep understanding of how to best capture photographs in nature with National Geographic the Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography taught by two National Geographic experts. Then, view the majesty of America with Wonders of the...
  11. (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...
  12. (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.
  13. (SET) The Great Tours & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (SET) The Great Tours & 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
    Explore the diversity of our planet’s wildlife from the comfort of home—or wherever else you happen to be—in this visually breathtaking two-course set. In The Great Tours: African Safari, take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent. Then, join master photographers as they lay bare the art of seeing that’s essential to...
  14. (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.
  15. (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.
  16. (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.
  17. (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) The Fundamentals of Travel Photography & 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 how to photograph moments and subjects the way the masters do with this two-course set from National Geographic photographers. Learn how to record your journeys just like the professionals with The Fundamentals of Travel Photography. Then, discover the essentials to taking unforgettable photos of desert cliffs, penguin colonies, dramatic waterfalls, birds of paradise, and so much more with The National...
  18. (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.
  19. (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...
  20. (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.