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Photographing Wildlife for National Geographic Magazine


Photographing Wildlife for National Geographic Magazine

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Steve Winter's lecture will include images from his new book called Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat. Steve also discusses ethical issues in wildlife photography—and share tech tips, including the use of camera traps and other equipment developed by Nat Geo's photo engineering department.

Join a Wildlife Photographer on the Hunt for the Perfect Shot | Short Film Showcase

What does it take to capture the perfect shot in the wild? For Belgian photographer Michel d’Oultremont, patience is key. Poised and ready, he often waits for days to see any action. When the animal finally emerges in his viewfinder, the intense rush of emotion in that micro-instant of life makes the process worth it.
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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

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In this short film from the Contra Agency, take an intimate journey with wildlife photographer Michel d’Oultremont as he searches for the recently introduced wild bison of Romania.

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The Basics of Nature Photography from Michael Melford

Presented by Lindblad Expeditions

Learn the inside tips on shooting outdoors from National Geographic photographer, Michael Melford, who has published numerous stories and books for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, LIFE magazine, as well as many other publications.

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Brian Skerry - National Geographic Underwater Photographer

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From a very early age, I was inspired by the ocean. I used to watch Jeac Cousteau documentaries, I read National Geographic Magazine, and I knew that I wanted to explore the ocean.

It’s very rewarding to be a photographer. It has added layers to my life—to who I am—that I never could have imagined. Full story at

National Geographic's Young Explorer Grants

Xpedition.TV takes a look at National Geographic's Young Explorers and the magazine's effort to find the next generation of scientists, adventurers and storytellers.

During interviews with Ric Gibbs in Telluride last May, Nat Geo's O'Shannon Burns lays out the Grants Program and introduces us to several alumni: polar explorers Eric & Sarah McNair-Landry, photographer Becca Skinner and biologist/photographer Anand Varma.

Y.E. grants are an awesome opportunity, open to adventurers (ages18-25) who have a passion project they'd like to undertake. Besides... who couldn't use a leg up from one of the biggest, most respected publications in the world?


Xpedition.TV would like to thank:

National Geographic, O'Shannon Burns & Sadie Quarrier for their help in this video. Also Young Explorers Becca Skinner, Eric & Sarah McNair-Landry, Anand Varma, and Shannon Switzer.

Additional photos: James Balog, John Lloyd, Ric Gibbs
Music: Dave Days You've Been on My Mind

Mountain Film Festival, Telluride, and festival director David Holbrooke.

How National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore Helps Save Wildlife

Joel Sartore is a photographer for National Geographic magazine. He's focused on conservation. We first hear the story of how he came to work with National Geographic, and then he shares some details about the job which may surprise you! It's not always glamorous and it's a lonely job sometimes.

Joel is passionate about leaving the scene better than when you arrived. He's done 36 stories for National Geographic now. He wants people to trust him and educate readers what is going on in the natural world and save species while there is still time.

Joel tells about his experience covering the Gulf Oil Spill. The Gulf Oil spilled happened in April of 2010.  It was difficult, and he even had some health side effects, but there were positive moments of seeing animals rescued and rehabilitated.

Kathy was able to visit The Marine Mammal Center (who we'll be interviewing in a future podcast). Check out her experience at The Marine Mammal Center and her work as a Dawn Ambassador for Dawn Saves Wildlife.

When animals are covered with oil they loose their ability to insulate and stay warm and they die.


Joel shares two simple things you can today today to help save wildlife in your own backyard:

Pollinators: Attract pollinators to your backyard - plant pollinators gardens that attract bees and birds. Nectar bearing plants, milk weeks for monarch butterflies. Fertilizers: Don't use fertilizers, no herbicide, no pesticide.  


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11 Tips to Photograph Wild Animals Without Getting Killed

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I wanted to use my Tamron 150-600mm lens and see how it worked photographing wildlife. I don't have much experience with wildlife photography so I called up my father. He shot for National Geographic, the Audubon Society, and many other magazines for years.

So, here are the 11 tips to photograph wild animals without getting killed:

1) Head to the national and state parks. Many wild animal populations are living in proximity to tourist facilities in national parks and have become tame and easy to photograph. Ask around the hotels, ranger stations, and visitor centers in national parks.

2) Use a tripod. When my dad sent in his first images to National Geographic, they sent them back and told him to buy a tripod. I used a fluid head tripod so I could shoot both video and stills. It worked OK but was slow for stills.

3) Telephoto lenses are a necessity. They get you closer to the animals and create great effects and shallow depths of field. However, my dad told me that the most neglected is the wide angle lens because people don't take enough time to use them properly. Using a wide angle lens will allow you to get close to the animals for intimate shots with great depth of field that also incorporate a panoramic view of the surroundings.

4) Shoot early in the morning and late in the day for good light. Get up early so you are there when the animals are moving around the most. We got up at 5 am and headed to the location where we knew the buffalo would be. It was early but the images were wonderful.

5) Good wildlife photography requires a lot of time – a lot of time spent with the animals so that you learn how to work around them and they get used to you. Once the animals are relaxed and you are relaxed, good shooting conditions happen. Be aware of your surroundings though, these are still wild animals and you don't want to get killed.

6) Don’t hide away in the hotel or car when the rain or snow comes. Extreme weather brings interesting lighting. Wind, dust, snow, rain, any extreme condition has it's own lighting and is worth the challenge of shooting in extreme conditions.

7) Social interactions. Get shots that we as people can relate to – mothering, young one playing, fighting, mating, grooming, chasing tourists.

8) Use the Lost Wallet technique. I have seen my dad use this several times to great success. He says, when photographing animals, don't go charging at the animal but rather pretend to be searching for a lost wallet. Direct your attention to something other than the animals, take your time and zig zag back and forth and slowly make your way closer to the animal. Pretty soon the animal isn't paying any attention to you and you can get some great shots.

This ends the list of advice from my father, though he said there was a lot more he could have shared. Here are a few things I learned during this process.

9) I set my motor drive on continuous so I could get a few shots off each time I hit the shutter. The first shot may not be the best so you want several shots in a row to catch the action.

10) I shoot at 250th of a second most of the time and changed the aperture and ISO to compensate. The one disadvantage of the 150 to 600mm lens is the variable aperture. Shooting at a high shutter speed allowed me to capture movement, and if the buffalo charged, I might have still gotten a few shots off while running away!

11) Have a backpack set up in your car with the equipment in it ready to go so you can jump and run. Include extra cards batteries and lenses.

I learned so much from going out and shooting. It was a lot of fun. I have shot some birds at Mono Lake with the 150 to 600mm lens. I have shot buffalo, birds, moose, and elk in Yellowstone and hope to photograph more in the future. Having a long lens that allows this type of work is a game changer and makes a huge difference. It really makes this type of work possible. I hope you are inspired to get out and photograph wildlife.

Thanks for watching. Keep those cameras rollin' and keep on click'n.

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Big Animals - How photography of big marine and land animals can improve our...

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Big animals - if we learn to love them and understand their survival - we will do everything to protect them.

Professional marine and wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum will show his photos of large animals from around the world, talk about the process of taking these photos, show the equipment he uses, and describe why we should care about and protect these animals.

Check out a preview of some of his stunning wildlife photos:

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Speaker: Amos Nachoum
Professional Marine and Wildlife Photographer Amos Nachoum has led National Geographic expedition teams with Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr. Sylvia Earle, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and has co-produced documentaries with Stan Waterman. He was the team leader for National Geographic's Red Sea, Great White Shark, and November '96 Killer Whale photo expeditions. Mr. Nachoum's photos and essays have appeared in more than 500 publications in North America, Europe, and Japan, including National Geographic magazine, Ocean Realm, Island, Outside, Rodale's Scuba Diving, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Le Figaro, Terra Sauvage, Airone, and Mondo Somerso.

Amos Nachoum - photographerIn addition, his work has been included in the books The Living Ocean, Oceans, and The World of Nature. He has been profiled in television appearances on National Geographic Explorer (Sept. '97), the Today Show, and Good Morning America, as well as in People, Esquire, and Money magazines.

In 1988 he won Nikon's underwater photography contest and in 1993, the Communication Arts Award. He is currently an instructor on the Nikonos team of professional photographers and also conducts his own SLR and advanced u/w photo seminars.

After spending three years circumnavigating the globe, Amos co-founded Israel's Marine National Park on the Red Sea. In 1978 he established La Mer Diving Seafari Inc, a New York-based adventure-travel company that brought North American divers to some of the most pristine and exotic underwater locations on the planet, from the Galapagos Islands to the Maldives, from Papua New Guinea to Madagascar and the Red Sea. In the course of directing these operations he has become an expert at working in partnership with foreign governments and companies to bring divers to some of the most beautiful and little-visited parts of the underwater realm, with preservation of the environment's integrity foremost in every encounter.

Amos Nachoum - photographerSince 1992, Amos's efforts have been focused on professional commercial and editorial photography for such clients as the Israeli office of tourism, Saba Island, the governments of Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil, and large private clients ranging from Apple, IBM, and Microsoft to The Discovery Channel, Armani, the Walt Disney corporation, and Colombia Pictures.

Arising from the belief that private individuals should have access to the same sights as governments and large corporations, Amos has developed the cutting-edge adventure-travel program Big Animals Photography Expeditions specifically to provide opportunities to observe, photograph, and interact with the most imposing inhabitants of the sea, such as great white sharks, killer whales, sperm and humpback whales, dolphins, and more. Only through such observation and interaction, Amos Nachoum believes, can people learn to truly understand and respect some of the most impressive citizens of our water planet.

फ़ोटोग्राफ़ी के लिए छोडी याहू में नौकरी | KALYAN VERMA (BBC,NAT GEO) | HINDI MOTIVATIONAL STORY

फ़ोटोग्राफ़ी के लिए छोडी याहू में नौकरी | KALYAN VERMA (BBC,NAT GEO) | HINDI MOTIVATIONAL STORY

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I am a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer dedicated to documenting wildlife and the environmental issues that define our times. I freelance with many of the world's leading magazines, environmental NGOs and television channels like Nat Geo and BBC.

Over the last decade, I have worked on many landmark blue chip wildlife series for the BBC and National Geographic channel. My work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Nature, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet and other magazines.

Along with a team of photographers I founded India Nature Watch, an online community which now has become the largest platform for upcoming wildlife photographers in Asia. I am also the co-founder of Asia's largest nature photography festival Nature InFocus. Sharing my knowledge of photography, wildlife, and people across various platforms including workshops and seminars is an important part of the work I do.

I collaborate with wildlife scientists, conservationists, policy makers, activists and educators on conservation action, activism, documentation, books and film projects. I actively work with Nature Conservation Foundation and VGKK in India.

I hope to combine an artist’s eye with a journalist’s curiosity and sense of storytelling in my visual style, resulting in a body of work I hope will inspire the viewer to discover more. Using narrative and visual construction I strive to lure the audience into the subject, prompting them to ask questions rather than accept a ‘standard version’ of changing landscapes.

I currently live in Bangalore. Was born in Vizag.
Stayed in many places in south India. Most of my schooling has been in Kendriya Vidyalaya.
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering: PESIT, 2001 (but can barely fix my own car)
Worked in Yahoo for 3 years looking after application security and cryptography.
Employee no 5 in Yahoo Bangalore. Won Yahoo! Superstar award in 2003. I quit the company in 2004.
Spent a year in BR hills, working as a naturalist with Jungle lodges.
Founded community based non-profit ecotourism project in BR hills
Sanctuary wildlife photographer of the year 2005, BBC wildlife photographer of the year 2013.
INK fellow for 2011 and my talk is here

Over the last few years, I have been working on various nature documentaries for many international productions. I freelance with BBC Natural History unit and National Geographic Channel and other indipendent production companies like Icon films, Tigress Productions and Off the fence. I have played various roles in the productions including director of photography, assistant producer, photographer, researcher, sound recordist and fixer for national and international productions in the last few years. Some of the films I have worked on are listed below:

Nature Documentaries:-
Wild Karntaka - Karnataka Forest Department 2016-2017 (In production)
BBC Wild Cats 2016-2017 (In production)
Brahmaputra - Sky River of the Himalayas series - ORF Universum, 2016 (In production)
BBC India: Natures Wonderland series - BBC, 2015
Wonders of the Monsoon series - BBC, 2012 - 2014
Life Stories series - BBC, 2012
Secrets of Wild India: Tiger Jungles - Icon films for National Geographic Channel, 2011 (trailer)
Secrets of Wild India: Desert Lions - Icon films for National Geographic Channel, 2011 (trailer)
Wildest India: Western Ghats - OffTheFence for Discovery, 2011
Million snake bites - Icon films for BBC Natural World, 2009 (trailer)
A Hunter's tale - Nature Conservation Foundation, 2008
Mountains of the Monsoon - Icon films for BBC Natural World, 2007 (trailer)

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How I Got to National Geographic - Full Version

Stephen Mallon is a busy NYC based photographer and frequent speaker at the Event Space for many years. His career has been steadily rising and his prominence and success are models for all aspiring commercial and fine art photographers.

This presentation follows Stephen’s path from stock photography to a life changing client that would slowly lead him to his ultimate dream clients, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. Stephen also discusses his evolution into filmmaking and how photographers need to diversify their creative talents to achieve their dreams.

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Incredible Time-Stretching Photographs Capture Bird Migrations | National Geographic

What if you could capture multiple moments in a single photograph? Through an experimental process that he has been perfecting for over 20 years, photographer and fine artist Stephen Wilkes has been able to do just that.
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In this video, learn more about Wilkes’ pivot into photographing wildlife, and how technological advances have allowed him to document the surreal majesty of nature through his one-of-a-kind imagery.

To learn more about Wilkes and his process, check out the March 2018 issue of National Geographic:

Or visit the new exhibition, 'Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes,' now open at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. until April 29, 2018.

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Stunning Photos From the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest, and, as expected, the winning photos are jaw-droppers. The contest selects three winning images, an honorable mention, and a people's choice in each of the four categories: Aerials, Landscapes, Underwater, and Wildlife. The grand prize-winner this year was Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, who scored $7,500 for his orangutan photo, as well as a feature in National Geographic magazine. Read more:

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Explorer Classroom | Steve Winter: Wildlife Photographer

Steve specializes in wildlife photography, and particularly, big cat photography. He’s covered snow leopards, tigers, mountain lions, leopards, and jaguars. He lectures globally on photography, big cats and conservation issues. He's been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year.

This Explorer Classroom session is a part of Big Cat Week at National Geographic, a week-long event dedicated to nature's fiercest felines. Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, which supports scientists and conservationists working to save big cats in the wild.
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Please Note: Explorer Classroom sessions are live events hosted on YouTube. They are open to the public and recorded. Please share these terms with parents of students who will participate live on camera. If any parents or students prefer not to be on camera, please accommodate their wishes in your classroom.

How To Become Nature Photographer in Hindi | Nature Photographer

Nature photography refers to a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. Nature photography tends to put a stronger emphasis on the aesthetic value of the photo than other photography genres, such as photojournalism and documentary photography. [1]

Nature photography overlaps the fields of -- and is sometimes considered an overarching category including -- wildlife photography, landscape photography, and garden photography.[1]

Nature photographs are published in scientific, travel and cultural magazines such as National Geographic Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine and Audubon Magazine or other more specific magazines such as Outdoor Photographer and Nature's Best Photography. Well known nature photographers include Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell, Mark Gray, Eliot Porter and Art Wolfe.

How to Capture Incredible Wildlife Photos: Free Online Photography Lessons from Tommy Schultz

If you're like me then I know you love taking photos of wildlife.

Great wildlife photos are some of the most popular shots in magazines like National Geographic, but have you ever stopped to think how difficult it must be to get these photos?

Capturing the personality of a wild animal with your camera is one of the greatest challenges you'll face as a photographer. Sure, it takes some practice, but in this video we'll talk about some of my favorite techniques for sharing the spirit of these wild creatures with family and friends back home (4 minutes, 22 seconds).

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