Professor Ralph Lee Hopkins, Professional Photographer

Professor Ralph Lee Hopkins
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As a photographer, I'm looking through a viewfinder, yes, but I'm more in the moment than I would be if I didn’t have my camera, and that’s the way I see the world.

Photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is the founder and director of the onboard photography program for the National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions fleet. For more than 20 years, he has photographed expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic and points in between.

Mr. Hopkins completed his master’s degree in Geology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he studied rocks along the rim of the Grand Canyon. He was a photographer on the 1990 Colorado River Expedition with the U.S. Geological Survey, and he continues to lead photo expeditions down the Colorado River.

Mr. Hopkins’s photography appears regularly in National Geographic publications. A member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, his current work focuses on documenting conservation and environmental issues in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, Baja California, and the Sea of Cortés in Mexico.

Mr. Hopkins is author and photographer of the popular guidebooks Hiking Colorado’s Geology and Hiking the Southwest’s Geology. His most recent book is Nature Photography: Documenting the Wild World.

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  1. National Geographic Polar Explorations Sale

    National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.2 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $34.95 $269.95 $34.95$269.95
    Travel to the polar regions with five Arctic and Antarctic experts on an exquisite visual journey, produced in partnership with National Geographic. You’ll encounter incredible wildlife, learn about the “heroic era” of polar exploration, discover how indigenous peoples thrive in these climates, and gain valuable tips on how to take captivating photographs in the otherworldly landscapes found at the ends of the...
  2. (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...
  3. (Set) Polar Explorations & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Go beyond stargazing with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Our Night Sky, get a comprehensive guide to the stars you see every night.
  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) Polar Explorations & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Go on an unrivalled adventure with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders, tour the most amazing sights around the globe.
  6. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover parts of our world that you've probably never seen up close. Start by discovering North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on an educational adventure led by five noted authorities in National Geographic Polar Explorations.
  7. (Set) Polar Explorations & Oceanography Set on sale

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Oceanography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $524.00 Starting at $79.90 $644.90 $79.90$644.90
    Dive into adventure with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, continue to explore hard to reach places with Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness.
  8. (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.
  9. (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.
  10. (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Get insight into unknown realms with this two-course set created in partnership with the Smithsonian. Better understand and appreciate the magnificence of underwater world with Life in the World's Oceans. Then, travel to the polar regions on an exquisite visual journey in Polar Explorations.
  11. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    From the tropics of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the frozen tundras of the polar regions, this two-course set provides unmatched images and insights into amazing locations. Explore the geological history of our most beautiful and unique sites in Wonders of the National Parks, and then Polar Explorations introduces you to the nature and science of some of the most intriguing and alien places on the planet.
  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) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Be an armchair traveler with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Great Tours, see all the amazing sights and learn the fascinating history of Greece and Turkey.
  14. (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.