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The best way to learn the art of photography is by watching a master artist at work. In Masters of Photography: People and Landscape—eight lectures taught by four top National Geographic photographers who represent the gold standard of photography—you’ll gain unprecedented access to true masters, watching and learning from them as they work.
Travel from Kansas to Scotland to learn how to tell a moving photographic story about a location, led by Jim Richardson, whose work has been seen in publications worldwide.
Michael Yamashita, 30-year award-winning National Geographic photographer, shares tips for shooting simple but effective landscapes—including the use of light, composition, negative space, sense of scale, leading lines, S-curves, and the rule of thirds.
Award-winning National Geographic staff photographer Jodi Cobb provides insight about how rewarding it can be to photograph people and demonstrates how to take photographs that explore the human condition.
Ira Block, an internationally acclaimed photojournalist, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate people and interact with subjects even when conditions are not in your favor. He also discusses how to capture people in authentic moments and reveals tricks for taking advantage of intriguing backgrounds, lighting, and atmospherics.
Beyond revealing professional secrets, this course provides a toolbox overflowing with techniques you’ll put into practice every time you lift your camera.
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|Section 1: The Joys of Nature|
Stories in Landscapes
Telling a Story
Finding a Scene
|Section 2: Exploring Landscapes|
Elements & Lighting
|Section 3: Guide the Eye|
Photographs Are the Best Teachers
Inside a Landscape Story
|Section 4: Moment in Landscape|
Finding the Moment
|Section 5: Gaining Trust|
All Over the Map
Being a Fly on the Wall
Photography as Advocacy
|Section 6: Uncover the Human Condition|
Photography as Communication
|Section 7: Build Relationships|
Learning How to SeePreview
Significance of People
Light in Portraits
|Section 8: Use the Background|
Ready for the Moment
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Jim Richardson is an award-winning photographer whose work has attracted international acclaim and numerous media appearances, including two profiles by CBS News Sunday Morning. A photographer of global issues and landscapes for National Geographic for more than 30 years, as well as a documentarian recognized for his explorations of life in rural places, Mr. Richardson’s work has focused on critical environmental resources issues and the Celtic world, with special attention to Scotland and its remote islands. His also shoots travel photography for National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor, and National Geographic Expeditions. He frequently represents the National Geographic Society in keynote presentations, media appearances, cultural enrichment lectures for travel groups, and workshops, including the National Geographic Traveler Seminars, of which he was a founder. Richardson began documenting rural Kansas life as a photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1970. His first project was published in 1979 as the book High School USA, which is today considered a photo documentary classic.
Michael Yamashita is an award-winning, 30-year veteran of National Geographic whose photography career has spanned continents and produced more than 30 National Geographic features. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his photographic area of specialty. Mr. Yamashita has 10 books and two documentary films—Marco Polo and The Ghost Fleet—to his credit. For his most recent book, Shangri-la: Along the Tea Horse Road, he traveled to the far reaches of western China and the Himalayas to capture the fast-disappearing ancient culture of Tibet. He has taught at major photo workshops, including the Maine Media Workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, Tuscany Photo Workshop, and the Palm Beach Photographic Center, in addition to conducting hands-on workshops in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. Corporate clients, including Sony, employ Mr. Yamashita to teach camera users how to get the most from their equipment.
Jodi Cobb’s groundbreaking career spans more than three decades as a staff photographer with National Geographic magazine, one of only four women to have held that position in the publication’s history. She has worked in more than 65 countries, documenting closed societies and disappearing cultural traditions. Ms. Cobb is perhaps best known as the first photographer to document the secret lives and rituals of the geisha, revealed in her book Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art. The book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the American Society of Media Photographers Outstanding Achievement Award. In another first, Ms. Cobb provided an unflinching look at the brutal reality of human trafficking in the National Geographic story “21st-Century Slaves.” Featured as one of National Geographic’s Women of Vision in a new book and exhibition, Ms. Cobb has repeatedly received National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year and World Press awards. In 2012, she was awarded one of journalism’s most prestigious honors, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.
Ira Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist and filmmaker who has produced more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine and its affiliates, National Geographic Traveler and Adventure. Having started his career in newspapers, where he earned numerous press club awards, he is now a sought-after lighting expert whose editorial work has taken him around the world. He is also frequently called upon to review and critique the latest digital cameras and lenses, as well as for commercial and corporate work, and he produces and directs videos and short films. Mr. Block’s coffee table book Saving America’s Treasures was a collaborative effort among the Clinton White House, National Geographic Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His photographic exhibit “Faces of Hope,” portraits of survivors and images of objects retrieved from the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy, is part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at Durham University in England, and he has conducted workshops around the world in conjunction with National Geographic Expeditions.