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Design & Style

Case Study: Angels in America Photoshoot for Vogue Magazine

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 10:13 min

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Annie's photoshoot for Vogue magazine, where she captures the cast of Angels in America. Watch her and her team set up the photoshoot, effect her concept, and show the way she works with her subjects.

Annie Leibovitz
Teaches Photography
Annie brings you into her studio and onto her shoots to teach you everything she knows about portraiture and telling stories through images.
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The Art Of The Photo

Annie Leibovitz was the first woman to be named chief photographer at Rolling Stone and the last person to take a portrait of John Lennon. In her first online photography class, Annie shows us that what makes a picture stunning isn’t the gear or technology—it’s the story. Annie teaches you her philosophy: how to develop concepts, work with subjects, shoot with natural light, and bring images to life in post-production. See the world through her eyes.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I love the back stories and the humility and grace with which she lives.

I like hearing her theory on everything but i would have loved to see her actually working on set. Seeing her work her magic. She is an amazing photographer. i thought the course could have been better in teaching portrait photography.

I love to understand a bit of the creative process of a photoer as sensitive as annie, I need to review each of your lessons calmly, reflect and constantly work on it Thank you!

Love it, I love how it is not about the technical aspect of photography as you can learn that anywhere.



This lesson is missing one crucial element: post-production. Even a short 30 second clip highlighting the changes that were made from the RAW image to the final would have been better than nothing. Go over the images that were stacked, go over the final ISO, apertures, and shutter speeds. These are the crucial details that can make or break the photograph.

A fellow student

she talking about being simple with camera kit . and she have an army carings her around plus the Butler camera who responsible of change her lens 😂😂😂

A fellow student

Fun to watch her work with kindness and humor and clear directions. It wasn't until the end when you see the photo that it all comes together. Before that it just looked like a mess.


I have a question regarding the Angels in America Shoot. During the BTS you see the strobe light is on the top left of the subjects but in the final image the strobe light looks like its coming from behind the subjects from the right side, Like a rim light...... Open for discussion

Maria Rosa

Amazing, I am a very beginner. I am an MD with a teaching job actually in USA, but I love photography. My point of view of this lesson, is taht you can appreciate the photographer Annie's creative vision of the whole of that precise moment ( the composition, the light, the subjects) and of course a charismatic management of all the process. I think she uses the studio light management as a plus, because, as she said, when she is shooting outdoors, she wants to difuse the brilliant light. Excuse my no native English.

Mohammad Y.

although the class is good , but I'm confused a bit she said earlier she doesn't care about the name of the gear and here she is using hasselblad ! and she likes to shoot indoor depending on the day light which is from out door , but when she shoot out door where the light she likes is available she use a studio light ! and there is no much technical things such as camera settings and lights

A fellow student

Kind of annoying that you can't see the photograph with patience at the end of the lesson... If I pause the lesson a bunch of stuff comes on screen and I can't observe the shot! :(


Is the "workbook" supposed to be interactive? There is not much content in the pdf that I download. This is the case for all of the lessons. It looks like you should be able to click on items for more info, but it doesn't work.

Andrea P.

Wow... it's an incredible photograph. I don't know how to use Photoshop though, I use Lightroom, but try not to change the image too much. I feel that I need some Photoshop to create an image like this. I'd love to work on a set like that someday. I need to work on developing and creating concepts and being more creative. Would also love to know more about her post-production process.

diego P.

Hi! can you please tell us why you shoot, in the same photoshoot with the hasselblad MF and with the Nikon...what images do you choose then? do you mix them in the final compositing? thanks!!