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Make a Difference (Wildlife)
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The 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.
Landscape Photographer, Landscape Artist
Start your photographic adventure by grounding yourself in the essence of great landscape photography. How is it like fly fishing? What artists and photographers have influenced Mr. Melford's own work? What three elements and tools do photographers need to capture breathtaking shots of the natural world?
Seeing the Way the Camera Sees
Shutter speed, depth of field, and ISO (a camera's sensitivity to light). Discover how these technical concepts work with one another to form the foundation of powerful landscape photos. Also, learn how to sketch "a shot with your mobile phone to see if it's worth pursuing."
What’s in My Bag?
Every image in these lectures was captured with equipment found in Mr. Melford's backpack. Peer inside the landscape photographer's bag and discover when to use essential tools including cable releases, different lenses (such as the perfect landscape lens) and polarizing filters (which take the haze out of sky and water).
Four Kinds of Light in Landscapes
Every worthwhile landscape photo has three elements that make it powerful: composition, light, and content. Among the many topics you'll cover in this lecture are compositional aspects (such as leading lines and frames within frames) and the four kinds of light (including diffused light and incremental weather light).
Landscape Color Variation and Combinations
Colors abound in the natural world, so it's essential for landscape photographers to understand how they mix-and how people respond to them. Taking you to places like Acadia National Park and Adirondack State Park, Mr. Melford shows you how to play with color in your photos.
Nighttime and Daytime Skyscapes
Aim your camera upwards with this lesson on shooting the sky during the day and at night. From sun-blocking clouds to the aurora borealis and star trails, you'll learn that shooting the sky (whether from the ground or up in the air) requires anticipation, perseverance, and patience.
Above- and Below-Surface Waterscapes
How do expert landscape photographers use water as their subject or as a compositional element? What does it take to capture the dramatic spectacle of a waterfall? Why is ice a great element for finding abstract patterns? How can you take interesting underwater photographs without investing in expensive camera housings?
Landscape Photography Site Research
Landscape photographs often requires photographers to do their research. In this lecture, take a trip out to the stark majesty of Death Valley and learn how landscape photographers decipher where to find the best potential for images-while leaving themselves open to wandering and uncovering little-known gems.
Drive-By Photography: Travel Photos
When you're traveling by car, boat, or plane, you're often not in control of what you can photograph. However, you can still use the photographer's expert eye to get interesting shots. Journey with Mr. Melford to fascinating international locales and learn how to turn impossible situations into rewarding challenges.