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Design, Photography, & Fashion

Case Study Part 2: Digital Post-Production

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 9:58 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.

I've always emphasized to others the difference between taking pictures and MAKING pictures. Annie takes it a notch further. She attempts to distill and interpret lives and capture them in a way that makes the camera almost a third party; the first two being her subject and her. This is a great class and a great bit of fresh air into the lungs. Thanks.

In her candid manner Annie took me on her life journey as a photographer, poured her pearls of wisdom down on me and cleansed my creative mind. As a middle-aged relatively new self-taught photographer this has been a watershed moment as an artist. Thank you!

The idea of "seeing" has become a more compelling metaphor for how I will approach writing fiction.

I most enjoyed seeing Annie working behind the scenes to get a better idea of her process. I also really enjoyed hearing about her influences and the evolution of her photography. The class started a little slowly for me but the second half had more detail and insight and I enjoyed it.


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.