Inside Look at National Geographic’s Photo Process From 20 Years Ago

Joe McNally reflects on the changes in his 20-years of shooting for National Geographic magazine with a video of how the magazine used to put a story together

If you think your eyeballs are on fire after a marathon session editing in Photoshop, consider sorting through 1,200 rolls of film with slides, a loop, and a light box. Joe McNally shares this video from 1992 of a behind the scenes look at the process from photographer to photo editor to publication at National Geographic magazine.

As he notes, a lot about the technical end of the process has changed (digital cameras and editing, hard drives, and remote communication are some of the biggest differences). But, the basic frame work of the roles of photographer, photo editor, and magazine editor in telling a story with pictures remains.

For more with Joe, check out our interview with him back in August about his Faces of Ground Zero Exhibi