From Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass

The Evolution of a Photographer

Learn how Annie’s artistic journey impacted her evolution as a photographer—from the inspiration of family photos to the San Francisco Art Institute and Rolling Stone. *Lessons marked with an asterisk contain images with nudity.

Topics include: First Photographic Memories • San Francisco Art Institute • Working at Rolling Stone

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Learn how Annie’s artistic journey impacted her evolution as a photographer—from the inspiration of family photos to the San Francisco Art Institute and Rolling Stone. *Lessons marked with an asterisk contain images with nudity.

Topics include: First Photographic Memories • San Francisco Art Institute • Working at Rolling Stone

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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.

Reviews

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

Annie is fantastic ! love all the info and break down

It simply absolutely confirmed what was in my mind, my heart, my creative self for 20 years as a photogapher. And now, I hope it inspires me to once again, pick up the camera after a 5 plus year hiatus. I felt disconnected and in a sea of competition when the digital movement began.

Greatly enjoyed, Annie's warmth and engagement in her work really makes sense to me. So glad I have signwd up.

I enjoyed the Master Class taught by Annie Leibovitz. I learned a lot lessons but here are three that will stick with me moving forward: 1) keep my kit simple, 2) look back at my work to learn, 3) and tell the story. Thank you Annie for a great experience!

Comments

A fellow student

I read with surprise the negative comments about this course complaining that it didn't teach the technical nuts and bolts of photography. The first clue about what this course is about is in the title of the website. This is a "Master Class." If you are new to photography looking for a discussion about f stops, exposure and focal length then this is NOT the course for you. If you are looking for discussions beyond the basics of pointing a camera and getting an acceptable image then this course will offer insights into the process of an iconic portrait photographer and a peek behind the curtain of what goes into making some of those iconic images.

michael W.

No doubt that she is a fantastic photographer but I found her class not helpful. A lot of talking without substance. There were some good assignments but she is a great example of just because someone is excellent in their field does not make them a good teacher. Anne Leibotiz is not a good teacher. I really didn't learn anything I already didn't know.

Tom Applegate

Wow. I loved this course. I think I will take it again. I have NO complaints about Annie's presentation. However, my one wish is that I could have paused the video to take a better look at her photos. When I did, boxes popped up obscuring the image. That was a bummer.

Jeff A.

It is a journey that is personal to the individual, the image will be there when you have the eye to see and you can only have the eye to see by taking photos and exploring the world around you. Beautiful course and Lesson 15 is Key!

A fellow student

I was pretty disappointed in this course. The title implies it "teaches photography" but there was little to no content teaching that. There was a ton about her influences, motivations, etc... but that's not what the course is billed as. I can glean some insights from the stories, or the pictures she's using as examples of good. However, a chef telling me he loves a specific dish does not make me a better cook, and this course hasn't done much to make me a better photographer.

Sadie

I absolutely loved how this class felt very honest, human, and relatable. It mainly talks about what it is to be a storyteller and how to share and capture your perspective of life and the world around you through photography.

Ingrid L.

Unfortunately this particular masterclass was not very good. It was just a long story telling session of the instructor's life and work. She really didn't share any special insight about photography techniques in details. Annie claims she is not a technical photographer. Which doesn't make sense as one needs the right equipment to achieve part of the art. In the student sessions she even asked the students what lens they used and what camera? Overall a bit disappointing.

Nabila G.

I liked this class. I love to hear people talking about their passion, their journey, their life etc. I am more interested in photography now than before.

Gina M.

One of my own photos. A favorite. I like nature. The feather was just there; it is not a prop. This was taken at Rockport, Hallibut state park in Gloucester, MA and is (C) by Gina McGinnis

Christine

I'm so glad this was not just a technical "how to" class, but that we got to share so much more. It's inspired me to tell stories and really understand what matters to me when I embark on taking photos.