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Design & Style

Case Study Part 2: Digital Post-Production

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 10:06 min

Annie gives you an exclusive look into her digital post-production process, and shares her thoughts about what it means to be a photographer and creative artist.

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.

Inspiration and niches of technique. Thank you.

A lot I already knew. Given she isn't a "technical" photographer, I guess that's where some disappointment sets in; I was looking for some technical insight. On the other hand; I discovered she and I think the same way and that blew my mind!

THank you for this masterclass. I feel like having a nice chat with Annie over a tea. I wanted to hear Annie's story of her photography life and I did. This is what I was looking for. Just to be inspired and lead to learn more. Annie is a great inspiration!

I’ve learned a lot from this masterclass! Very inspirational.


Paul J.

I love that at 5:51 her guy was about to chime in about the difference of screen vs print. Immediately cut away to b-roll and he's proper shut down. Haha! He probably had a good point too.

Suzanne W.

I do a fair amount of editing even my best photos...there is always something that needs adjustment. This lesson shows me that editing is not covering up/fixing a bad photo, but an art in itself!

A fellow student

I do a lot of editing of my digital photos. Glad to see that Annie has it done too. Again it is a process, back and forth. Alice is so lovely. I prefer seeing her brighter with the peaches and eliminate the light speckles from the photo taken before the silk was used. The added light splotches are distracting. I just want to focus on Alice, the reason for the shoot.

Antonia T.

Wow. And I was feeling bad that I was brightening a bit my photos. This feels like cheating! But not I understand that it is part of the whole process. So, from now on I will enjoy the post-production. Thanks, Annie!


I love the post processing part of photography. Remembering what I saw, challenging myself to try different techniques to bring out what I saw, or what I wanted to see! I love it as well for the memories of amazing days in beautiful places and with special people shared.

Sue B.

Pity about the bright streak on the right side of her skirt - very distracting.

Steve H.

The lessons were helpful in showing the Alice Liddell photograph as an inspiration, the peach as a clever prop with a woman known for her food-centric passion and then the confluence for the actual shoot. The post-processing digital re-formatting displayed her conceptions about the image but the technician was the unsung master of the final creation.

michael W.

I'm glad to see the post process talk and work but as a teaching lesson it's missing. Joel Grimes does a much better job of this.

michael W.

I think it's sad to see a photographer who doesn't do their own post-processing work. Whether it be the darkroom or digital you are the artist. You should be doing the work. I don't think Picasso directed someone else to do the color in his painting.


Not sure about this lesson. Part of me is interested to see the process she goes through but when I see it I'm left wishing the end product wasn't quite so contrived.