Photo: Dead Sea

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

In the National Geographic book Simply Beautiful Photographs, photographer Annie Griffiths presents a collection of extraordinary photographs selected from the National Geographic Image Collection. Carefully chosen for their beauty, vision, and artistry, the images are organized according to their demonstration of photography’s most basic elements: light, composition, moment, time, palette, and wonder.


In this series of galleries, Griffiths undertakes a photograph-by-photograph exploration of five of these elements. Drawing on her expertise and experience as a National Geographic photographer, she provides both charming personal insight and useful tips for experimenting with each of these essential themes.

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