We all know that striking portraits require more than good lighting and an interesting face you’ll photograph. You want to add life and soul of the person that you’re photographing. Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography spoke to National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes about this topic. In this short video chat, Bob analyzes some of his own images and gives you plenty of tips for raising your own portraits on a higher level.
Watch as NatGeo photographer gets jumped by a giant tiger-lion mix
If you want to inspire your little one to get interested in photography, you may consider this new Barbie: a National Geographic photojournalist. In collaboration with NatGeo, Mattel has introduced a series of career dolls, and this one will certainly thrill the photographer and the inner kid in all of us.
According to a recent report, the latest Disney layoffs would impact National Geographic, considering that it was acquired by Disney earlier this year. And it seems to be true – NatGeo has issued the official announcement that it’s closing the Your Shot platform.
Although it sparked some controversy, Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” is an iconic image that has influenced and inspired many people. Tony Northup wanted to talk about how this image inspired him, but then he learned the story behind it – and it wasn’t pretty. The truth behind how this legendary photo was taken is sad and disturbing, and Tony shares it in this video.
Perhaps you remember the heart-wrenching video of a starving polar bear taken by National geographic Paul Nicklen in December 2017. He and Cristina Mittermeier photographed and filmed the poor animal on the Baffin Islands in Canada, and at the time related the bear’s condition with global warming. However, in a recent article, Mittermeier admits that National Geographic “went too far” connecting climate change with the particular starving polar bear.
Wildlife photography and filming has come an extremely long way in the last few decades. This is thanks in large part to organisations like the BBC and National Geographic. The development of cameras and ingenuity of their teams has allowed them to see things that were never before possible, and they continue this trend today.
National Geographic recently posted an article and video on their website covering some of their photographic inventions since founding the Remote Imaging Lab in National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.
As a kid who grew up with a shelf filled with yellow spines, I can attest to the rhythm and general predictability of a National Geographic cover. With few exceptions (most notably those holographic covers from the 1980s), cover photography from the 1970s, 80s and 90s followed a familiar pattern of a far away place, strange creature, or “exotic” face in saturated color. We were armchair explorers living vicariously through the eyes of those famous photographers – Indiana Joneses with a camera.