Learn The Stories Behind Some Of The Most Amazing Photographs Of The Last Hundred Years
Anybody who fancies themselves as a bit of a photographer could do a lot worse than take a look at the National Geographic Society’s body of photographic work. The world famous organisation, which has been in existence for over 120 years and is among the largest non profit scientific organizations in the world, is home to some of the most striking and iconic imagery ever captured on film.
Recently the good people of National Geographic have spent a lot of time sifting through the huge array of images contained in their vast library to separate the truly great from the merely very, very, very, very good. Actually that’s not quite true because there are so many images in those archives to which the description of great could be applied. However they’ve chosen 50 stunning pictures which really represent what National Geographic is all about.
From polar bears swimming beneath the arctic tundra to the forecastle of the Titanic emerging ghost-like from the darkness of the ocean depths, every image is fascinating in a different way.
It’s not just about looking at the pictures themselves though. The app tells the story of each and every one. There are explanations of where and when the shot was taken, videos where the photographers discuss their images and a wealth of other background material. This all comes together to give a deeper and more meaningful understanding of what you’re seeing. You really get a feel for the process and the methodology involved in getting that perfect photograph.
You can also upload your favourite images to Facebook and even order prints direct through the app if you so wish.
With images dating back more than a century, this collection is as diverse as it is beautiful. £2.99 might seem quite expensive given that many of the images will be quite familiar, such is their iconic status. Also you can obviously Google images for free but that rather misses the point. The app not only gathers some of the most remarkable photography you’ll ever see in one place, but it’s the background information that really makes it worthwhile. There are many useful tips for people who like to dabble in photography themselves but it also provides a fascinating insight for anyone as long as they can appreciate remarkable pictures.
National Geographic’s heritage and reputation is built on the likes of what’s contained here. The quality of material, ease of use and high production values of the app mean that even at £2.99 this feels as though it’s worth every penny. Wonderful.