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National Geographic Courses on DVD:Fundamentals of Photography Courses on DVD Vol. 1 & 2 Set
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Train your eyes using the same fundamental techniques and principles the experts use to create unforgettable images from the grandest (and simplest) of subjects with this two-volume set of Great Courses taught by National Geographic contributing photographer Joel Sartore.

With Fundamentals of Photography, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience. Designed for people at all levels, these 24 lectures are an engaging guide to how photographs work and how to make them work better for you. National Geographic contributing photographer Joel Sartore has crafted a course that will hone your photographer’s eye so you can capture the greatest moments in nearly every situation and setting imaginable, from a field of flowers to a friend’s birthday party to a grand mountain range. Taking you both inside the photographer’s studio and out into the field, this course is a chance to learn, in a way anyone can grasp, the basic insights and hidden secrets of photography.

Then, take your digital photography to the next level with Fundamentals of Photography, Volume 2. Also taught by Joel Sartore, these twenty-four lectures show you how to develop a photographer’s eye as you solve problems in the field. You’ll see new techniques and concepts demonstrated in various locations indoors and out and get advice on how to practice these exercises on your home turf.

Then you’ll have an opportunity to consolidate what you’ve learned as you accompany Sartore to five live-event shoots where he puts every tool from the toolkit into practice. In critiques throughout the course you’ll learn how to evaluate your work, making it possible to build on what you have learned each time you pick up your camera. Whether you are an advanced beginner or a seasoned photographer, you’ll find something new to try.


  • Each volume is 4 discs; 12 hours, 36 minutes. Each volume contains two dozen 30-minute lectures.
  • Volume 1 © 2012. Volume 2 © 2015

Title List

Volume 1. 24 lectures, 30 minutes each

  • Making Great Pictures
  • Camera Equipment—What You Need
  • Lenses and Focal Length
  • Shutter Speeds
  • Aperture and Depth of Field
  • Light I—Found or Ambient Light
  • Light II—Color and Intensity
  • Light III—Introduced Light
  • Composition I—Seeing Well
  • Composition II—Background and Perspective
  • Composition III—Framing and Layering
  • Let’s Go to Work—Landscapes
  • Let’s Go to Work—Wildlife
  • Let’s Go to Work—People and Relationships
  • Let’s Go to Work—From Mundane to Extraordinary
  • Let’s Go to Work—Special Occasions
  • Let’s Go to Work—Family Vacations
  • Advanced Topics—Research and Preparation
  • Advanced Topics—Macro Photography
  • Advanced Topics—Low Light
  • Advanced Topics—Problem Solving
  • After the Snap—Workflow and Organization
  • Editing—Choosing the Right Image
  • Telling a Story with Pictures—The Photo Essay

Volume 2. 24 lectures, 30 minutes each

  • Finding the Picture
  • Shaping Light
  • Working with Light in Landscape
  • Photographing Water
  • Photographing Reflections and Reflectivity
  • Photographing Shadows and Backlighting
  • Big Results with Little Lights
  • Studio Lighting Indoors and Out
  • Human Portrait Photography
  • Animal Photography
  • Night Photography
  • Art Photography: Landscape, Macro, and Illusions
  • Art Photography: Having Fun
  • Still Life Photography
  • Black and White Photography
  • Aerial Photography
  • Smartphone Photography
  • The Decisive Moment
  • Live Event Photography: Farmers' Market
  • Live Event Photography: House Party
  • Live Event Photography: T-Ball
  • Live Event Photography: A Day at the Ranch
  • Live Event Photography: Family Fishing Night
  • Editing, Culling, and Critiquing Your Photos