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National Geographic's The Photographers (1996)

Keith David  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Keith David
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: National Geographic Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792299957
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Bonus Program: A Passion for Africa
  • Photo Gallery
  • Previews of Additional National Geographic Programs

Editorial Reviews

The Photographers includes a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of National Geographic photographers and how they get the shot presented in a compelling one-hour program; plus the bonus half-hour film on wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert entitled A Passion for Africa; an assortment of photographs in the Photo Gallery; biographies and photos of the photographers; an interactive trivia quiz; and trailers of other related National Geographic programs.

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See! March 31, 2002
By Kari
WOW! What more can I say! Just watching this was an absolutely extraordinary experience. This is a "behind the scenes" look at photography. It gets you up close and personal with the photographers and lets you know what is involved in trying to capture the "shot of a lifetime". I own many National Geographic books, but you won't be able to appreciate what goes into each photograph without watching this DVD. Even those who are not interested in photography will be able to appreciate it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you ask any amateur photographer who they'd like to work for as a photographer, you would probably hear "The National Geographic Magazine". Their lives, as we see it through the eyes of the pictures that are published in the magazine, appear nothing short of glamourous.
This DVD not only shows some of NGM best pictures but also reveals the lives and visions of the photographers behind these stories and pictures. If you enjoy photography, you'll enjoy it for sure.
I've already watched mine more than 5 times in less than two months!
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for photographers. May 9, 2005
If you are expecting great insight into the lives of National Geographic's photographers or even revelations about what makes great photography then look elsewhere. This video greatly disappointed me as it is nothing more than promotional drivel. So fawning and servile is the narration that each sentence sounds as if it is about to collapse under the weight of the compliments for the organization. It reminds me of these terrible "the making of..." TV programs the have now to promote movies. It should be given free with subscriptions and not charged for. It is short and shallow and holds about 15 minutes in total interest for any photographer. Buy the magazine or one of their books instead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the real life of some great photographers November 2, 2002
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If you want some inspiration to throw all and become a photographer, this can help a lot. It show how some of the most recognized photographers work and they insights on working as a National Geographic photographer, mostly the nice things and some of the bad.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD! May 30, 2003
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Not a "how to" dvd per se, I thought it gave more inspiration for the the budding photographer than anything. If you are into photography and especially photojournalism then I highly recommend this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 20, 2003
Thrilling and insightful on the life and times of the NG photograther. It will make you appreciate what they do even more. Also motivating for those who are interesting in Editorial, adventure, or photojournalist photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great tips on adventure photography September 30, 2011
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
this video is an eye opener for all photographers and readers of national geographic magazine. we view these photographers as a glamorous profession but this video will reveal the hardships they encounter just to get those special shots. this is not a video about camera exposures and lighting effects but more of where,why and when did they decided to shoot a particular shot. you will see the inner workings of the magazine and how they choose particular photos for publishing. highly recommended video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jajen
This is great DVD. I watch it more for inspirational and motivational purposes. Though the more and more I watch it, the more and more I pick up on things. Listening to the photographers, their stories, and seeing their work. It helps motivate me to achieve their level of work. Not that that's going to happen anytime soon, but I have noticed a difference, all be it a small one.

This is not an instructional video. It's a pragmatic account of what it's like being a National Geographic photographer; the pitfalls and the promise. It covers all facets of their industry in a very aesthetic way. Even delving into the detail of their work sporadically.

Overall, it's a great way to jump start yourself if you have "photographers block"!!!


Jake - Lajes, Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased As A Gift
I ordered this for my son, who is an amateur photographer. He enjoyed the video, and that is what I was after. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Logan
3.0 out of 5 stars It is like cardboard.
I was expecting a plastic case... It is like cardboard... I dind't like that.
Published 2 months ago by Laura Cristancho
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting documentary
Very interesting documentary for anyone who is interested in photography. It talks about what it takes to be a national geographic photographer and about some of the job-related... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dani b.
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Interest
I really enjoyed this presentation. It was better than expected. I recommend this. The DVD is broad enough in subject and variety to be of interest to many photographers.
Published on June 14, 2012 by Robert L. Clowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting peek into photojournalism
The video was an interesting look into what really goes into making those amazing NatGeo photographs. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this DVD. Being a photographer myself, one of my biggest dreams is to see one of my photo's make it in the magazine. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by Aurora Danes
5.0 out of 5 stars Maple Shade Moorestown Camera Club Reviews Nat Geo's The Photographers
We presented this video to our camera club which comprises of novice and professional photographers and it was a big hit! Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by Bernadette A. Lewicke
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book about photography......
This is a book about several people who happen to work for a company that sends them around the world to take photographs. Read more
Published on August 14, 2009 by But I'm feeling much better now...
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs Updating
Well as a semi-pro photographer of 14 years experience I was dying to see this DVD. What can I say, I did enjoy it, a lot! Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by Rene Bruun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Teaching Tool
I teach high school photography and show this DVD every year. The students love it. The idea of photojournalism comes alive with this video. Read more
Published on November 27, 2007 by P. A. Martel
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