Photojournalist, author, and educator Steve Raymer - a long-time National Geographic Magazine staff photographer - is a professor emeritus at the Media School of Indiana University. For 21 years he taught visual journalism, media ethics, international newsgathering, and reporting war and terrorism. Raymer is currently a visiting professor of Journalism at Zayed University School of Communication and Media Science in Dubai.
Raymer earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and studied Soviet and Russian affairs at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. After service in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army, he joined the staff of National Geographic in 1972, launching a career that has taken him to more than 90 countries. From famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Raymer’s photographs illustrate more than 30 bylined National Geographic Magazine articles, as well as numerous other Geographic articles, books, and multimedia presentations.
Steve Raymer, a National Geographic photographer and professor, shares the lessons he has learned as the author, picture editor, and photographer of eight books for publishers like the National Geographic, CNN, and Oxford University Press. Raymer discusses how to pitch a book to the public, how to create a chapter outline, how to shoot the pictures and how to edit them into a compelling presentation. He also discusses the basics of layout and design, generating a mock-up of your book, and securing a publisher.