Photography By:chloe Lackland

What career do I want to pursue?

National geographic photographer. A national geographic photographer is someone who takes photographs for the national geographic magazine. These photographers are often traveling around the world, which is something that I have always wanted to do. Many of the photographers are big risk takers who capture memorable events in nature and other cultures around the world. Their pictures get published in the national geographic magazine which is then viewed by thousands of people around the world. They take exotic photographs of exotic things in exotic places.

Above: Photographs taken by national geographic photographers that won awards.

How do you become a national geographic photographer?

No real education is required other than basic and advanced photography classes. Art classes are also recommended along with basic geography and or anthropology. The people who hire often find their ideal photographers through other magazines, newspapers, online, or in books. Dan Westergren (a former director of photography at national geographic) says, "If we want to hire you, we already know who you are!". In order to have this job you have to have a lot of prior experience with photography, and get your name out there.

Covers for national geographic.


From Nat Geo: $50,000 a year. - typically get paid $500 a day for each day they or on an assignment. (usually 10-14 days, 1-10 assignments a year.)

However, the photographers also have rights to their pictures, so they can get licensed to sell their work, and they may also work as a freelance photographer for other clients on the side.

Whats a "typical" day?

"My days pretty much fall into two broad categories, in the field or at home. When I am in the field, the day usually starts before dawn getting my gear organized and set up for whatever my photographic subject for the day will be. I like to be on site and ready to photograph before the sun hits the horizon. I typically will spend the morning hours photographing and then take a break during the middle of the day. That time typically gets used for editing images, scouting for the evening or next day, or if I have been in the field for a long time, a nap. By early afternoon, I am back in the field with the camera and photographing. The evenings are often long with editing images and preparing for the next day and trying to get at least a few hours of sleep.

When I am home, my days are rather variable but usually are spent at the computer working on images, writing, doing Web development, or research. If it's a nice day, I try to take my reading outside and sometimes into a tree but its not always practical. Do you have a hero? I can't say I have a single hero. I meet people every day from every walk of life that are following their passion and making a difference in their world and impacting the lives of others. I am constantly encouraged and inspired to pursue my own passions and help others to better understand the natural world around them." - Drew Fulton- National Geographic Photographer

Fun Facts

- Only about dozen out of 20,000-30,000 of the photographers photos from one assignment will be published.

- National Geographic photographs have been taken in all 196 countries.

Photos I took for the RHS photography magnet.

My goals:

- be in photography magnet at RHS

- Get a scholarship to an art school

- Gain connections and get my name out into the photography world.

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