Making Simply Beautiful Photographs | National Geographic



hi I'm Andy Griffith's I'm a National Geographic photographer and author of national Geographics new book simply beautiful photographs I think the elements that make a photograph beautiful are a combination of the classic elements of light of composition and moment and then you can add to that the elements of color of time and then wonder I've been able to really dig deeply into our archive and I find so many pictures many of which have never been published that really deserve to be seen I'm David Doubilet I'm an underwater photographer of the three photographs of mine there in this book my favorite is the sea lions of South Australia there are very endangered species and extraordinarily friendly they're more like golden retrievers it was a glorious glorious 40 minutes with them I was looking at light I was looking at the way the light struck the green meadow of grass I was looking at the way the light blended off the sea lions fur underwater and they came together and for one frame one moment they made this picture I'm Jody Cobb well I quite like the photograph of the woman sitting in the cafe and in Florence Italy I was doing a story on love and what it means in different cultures around the world and I was walking by a cafe and I was I was drawn to the sort of the gesture of the leg and the way that her white skirt draped over her leg so I just snapped a few pictures and then then when I saw that the newspaper she was reading which was actually a greeting card that was sent to her said I love you on it it was just sort of the bonus it was the it was the the prize of that photograph my name is Michael Melford the shot in the book from Maine I was in a helicopter at sunrise and I had been studying the weather watching the weather for days and days actually went to the place where there was some fog and the Sun had come up and it was hitting that fog and the trees were casting a shadow towards me in the Fox if you look at the picture I'm shooting into the Sun my name is ceci Bromberg I'm Danish and I work for National Geographic as a photographer this garden where the picture is taken is from principal Tompkins garden and st. Petersburg and here was this woman sitting on a bench together with her fairly young infant and and of course she had no idea of how much of the of the image I was including she didn't know she was in the picture herself and then she's just looking down into the bassinet at the same time as I was taking the image and that's of course what really worked because of her proudness and and motherly feelings they're really coming through in the image my name is Jim Blair I walked over from the hotel the big International Hotel in Dhaka towards the bridge that overlooks the mahogany River as I approached the bridge I could hear laughter down below and I thought to myself you know something's going on it's probably pretty good and I peeked over the edge of the bridge and I saw that the kids who take care of the water buffaloes were had finished their work and were swimming in the river and having a good time and just then one of the boys who was playing left off to the back flip off the back of the water buffalo and bam bam bam and the picture was in a can this book simply beautiful it's full of photographs that have gestures in it there are decisive moments in nature and decisive moments on the pulse of the planet not just in the way that humans behave toward each other or juxtaposition 'el moments and the book has these beautiful moments I think anyone who's interested in photography can become more and more visually literate in the pursuit of beautiful photographs it's kind of like music in that someone who studies music and practices music hears more when they listen to a symphony likewise with photography the more you pay attention to it look at other people's photographs photograph yourself get creative understand your craft the more successful images you're going to be able to make you

24 Replies to “Making Simply Beautiful Photographs | National Geographic”

  1. Amazing!! I would like to start a photography business…please follow me on instagram: https://instagram.com/smartscott

  2. So because one god is imaginary, that means all gods are? "Science" wouldn't last a minute if that were true.

    Science Cannot prove everything. And the findings aren't even right all the time. Much of the time actually.

  3. well i dont know which areas do you mean, certainly areas that are not following islam correctly, because as i told u, true islam doesnt allow that, you see i live in Saudi Arabia, the most islamic country you could find! and no such thing happens here 🙂

  4. Do some research right NOW, I don't know/care which culture/religion exactly does it these days but it STILL goes on 100% in many areas.

  5. totally with you dont get me wrong but just so you know killing female newborns was an arab habit before islam.. when islam came it put a line to that so its currently haram to kill any innocent person is islam 🙂

  6. Its to bad National Geographic will probably never hire another staff photographer. I think the last one they hired was back in like '93, not sure though.It would be an awsome job.

  7. National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Along with brilliant photography they never failed to amaze us. They've given access to those who cannot travel the world.

  8. Thank you Annie! You are absolutely right in emphasizing the elements of light, time, color and wonder in creating beautiful photographs.

  9. @LambdaQuarks
    No worries, I'm often the same.
    It's embarrassing some of the things I've typed then looked at previous comments and thought … actually, I'm being a dick!
    I totally agree with your other beliefs too although I don't like to think too much past the death question because I allways end up with an incredibly bleek nihilism … which for someone with a record of cronic depression is not much fun! =P
    It helps to remember how simple my brain is compared with these questions.

  10. @LambdaQuarks
    No worries, I'm often the same.
    It's embarrassing some of the things I've typed then looked at previous comments and thought … actually, I'm being a dick!
    I totally agree with your other beliefs too although I don't like to think too much past the death question because I allways end up with an incredibly bleek nihilism … which for someone with a record of cronic depression is not much fun! =P

  11. @MaxSafeheaD
    Maybe using the term "idiot" was going over-board for me. I get hot-headed when this topic comes up because everyone walks in on high chairs acting like they know everything. If your question is if it is possible to be mentally stable, healthy, and morally good with out faith then the answer is yes. I am an Atheist and I live my life with honor and integrity. I respect all life and enjoy being here for the short time that I am. I am strong enough to accept death.

  12. @LambdaQuarks
    ok, fair enough.
    but
    If having faith gives you a phychological lift, why is that idiotic?
    It would be better to have similar mental toughness without faith but is it possible?
    It is a very dangerous tool, but we are only alive for a certan amount of time.
    For example I don't share Daniel Illabacas or Chase Armiages faith, but it's very hard to argue it hasn't given them and those around them pure joy.
    It's not possible to enjoy being Nihilist, so why should I criticise them?

  13. @MaxSafeheaD

    I said if you prefer. I couldn't care less what you are so don't get to excited. I can't substantiate? The claim isn't that there is no god..the claim is that there is one and no one in centuries has been able to provide proof. You can't claim something and say it is true simply because there is no counter evidence to it. There are Ninjas in other galaxies, you can't really prove that this ISN'T true either right? until we go there.

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