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.
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.
- 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.