Posts Tagged ‘nationalgeographic’

Nat Geo Photographer Talks About What it Takes to Lead ‘a Photographer’s Life’

Here’s a short inspirational video by photographer Joel Sartore in which he talks about shooting for National Geographic and living “a photographer’s life.” He talks about what it takes to be that kind of photographer, and even though his list includes everything from a palate that can handle strange foods to a Type A personality, it seems that the quality Sartore has in spades is a healthy sense of humor. Read more…

Nat Geo Photographer on Storytelling and Striving for Authenticity

National Geographic’s Stephen Alvarez is part photographer, part filmmaker and part explorer. That triad makes his photography great because while some photographers take pictures, Alvarez has learned to tell stories — and as the years have gone by and his gear has improved, his stories have continued to get more compelling.

In this short video, Alvarez talks about some of his best work, revealing little behind the scenes tidbits while simultaneously sharing his motivation and drive. Read more…

Storytelling Made Easy: How to Capture Photos that Tell a Compelling Story

Even before the digital age, National Geographic’s photographers, on average, took about 1,933 photos for every one photo published. And it’s this dedication to showing the world only the very best of what they manage to capture that makes these photographers some of the best in the world.

In this B&H Event Space seminar, seasoned photographer Marcus Donner explains the necessity of quantity, and shares some lessons on how to go from taking pictures, to telling stories. Read more…

Nat Geo Launches New Tumblr to Breathe New Life into Forgotten Photos

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In celebration of its 125th birthday, National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr focused entirely on sharing long-lost photos buried deep within its archives. The brain-child of Nat Geo’s photo archive curator William Bonner, “Found” already features 13 photos that may never have seen the light of day had it not been for this website — with many more to come. Read more…

George Steinmetz on Photographing the World from a Motorized Paraglider

From hitchhiking across Africa with a borrowed camera, to photographing some of the world’s hardest to reach places from the air for National Geographic, expedition photographer George Steinmetz has quite a story to tell. And in this video, he’s kind enough to share the details. Read more…

Deal: Snag the Complete Nat Geo Digital Collection and 200K Photos for $25

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If you’re constantly on the prowl for new sources of photographic inspiration, there’s a pretty sweet deal going on over at National Geographic. The magazine has long been praised for its focus on delivering high quality photography showing all kinds of subjects in all kinds of locations around the world, and now it’s offering its complete collection of issues between 1888 and 2011 for just $25. The set of 7 DVDs normally costs $80, so it’s a savings of almost 70%.
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Crop Don’t ‘Shop: How One Photog Had His Winning Nat Geo Contest Photo DQed

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Winning the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest is a pretty incredible feeling. Being disqualified 72-hours later for a minor editing decision… that one doesn’t feel quite as good. But that’s what happened to photographer Harry Fisch who, for a few glorious days, was living every Travel Photographer’s dream — shortly followed by their worst nightmare. Read more…

Amazing Full Moon Highline Walk Shot from Over a Mile Away

Getting the perfect shot, from the perfect angle, with the perfect perspective, is an obsession of great photographers and videographers. This is because, although there may not be any one perfect angle from which to capture a moment, a few of them are leaps and bounds more impressive than the others.

In this video from NatGeo’s “The Man Who Can Fly” — a short piece on daredevil adventurer Dean Potter — filmmaker Bryan Smith and shooter Michael Schaefer found one of those angles, and it only took them a mile away from their subject. Read more…

Should Photographs Captured in Zoos Be Considered Legitimate ‘Nature’ Pics?

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National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2012 Photo Contest, which received over 22,000 entries from photographers around the world. The photograph above, captured by Ashley Vincent and titled “The Explosion!,” was chosen as the Grand Prize winner and the top image in the “Nature” category.

It’s a great capture, but there’s one thing about it that may prove to be somewhat controversial: Vincent captured the photograph in a zoo.
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BTS: Documenting Lions in the African Bush For Over Thirty Years

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent the past 30 years living among lions in the African country of Botswana, capturing incredible photographs and footage of the majestic creatures that have garnered widespread praise. They are considered two of the world’s preeminent experts on the big cats, having created tens of films, books, scientific papers, and articles in National Geographic magazine (along with a list of filmmaking awards, including five Emmys).

CBS’ 60 Minutes recently paid a visit to the Joubert’s, creating the fascinating video above that shows how the duo live and work, and how they’ve dedicated their lives to documenting and protecting the cats from human threats.
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