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Design & Style

Case Study Part 1: Photographing Alice Waters

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 14:17 min

Annie brings you inside a photo shoot with the renowned chef Alice Waters. Learn how Annie built the concept for the photos, conducted research, and prepared for the shoot.

Annie Leibovitz
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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 thoroughly enjoyed my first MasterClass Video.

I found that Annie took us on a journey into her photography and her inspiration. She wasn't teaching as much as sharing, inviting us in. This is not a class of technique but of heart and eye. I found it different to what I expected, but valuable nonetheless and have felt inspired to keep doing what I do.

I'm not a photographer so I was heartened to hear that she's not so much interested in the technology as she is in seeing.

I think I learnt how to see people and places differently.


Zubaida S.

Intersting converrsation around soft images, really freeing. Love the creativity around being real; splendid! I don't own any primary lens. time to explore 35mm

Suzanne W.

Great assignment. I have never considered how much planning goes into a photo shoot.

John M.

I liked this lesson because it started me to think more about story telling and less about technical acumen. And that's exactly why I signed up for this class.

Birgit U.

Out of the students´ works I also liked the ones of the red haired boy and the young couple in the kitchen, the girl wore a pretty blouse, very good photos.

Andy M.

Home shoot with a shy friend, would love to hear what you guys think.. - abbey

A fellow student

I enjoyed watching Annie photograph Alice Waters and listening to her thought process. Going back to capture something she didn't find the first time. Glad she mentioned the silk she used to shade Alice from too much light. What about the fan and its position?

Matthew S.

pretty awesome class, I would agree that it feels a little more documentary style. but what matters is if I learned anything from this.. and I did, and idc how much money it is, short of being there in person you can learn a lot from her. I wouldn't recommend someone who knows nothing about photography to watch this until they learn the basics and practice some. I will definitely help you connect better with the videos. The photo attached is of one of my good friends! and one of my first portraits. taken and edited by me, hope you enjoy!!

Janalee G.

WIllie here is a close friend of mine who has gone blind. We both became disabled around the same time and were each other's support system. In 2014 I pulled out my camera and began to take pictures of individuals with disabilities to tell their stories. This is just one in a series of 15 images and is one of my favorites. I photographed him in the Ketchikan Tunnel. I shoot with natural light and seek out natural backgrounds when I shoot people


Amazing how Annie really looks at who the person is and represents and wont stop until she ensures that she portrayes the person inside and out .

A fellow student

Love the philosophy but would like more examples and critique to accompany the discussion. Listening to her ideas and thoughts are interesting but watching her speak is not the best use of time.