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.<br><br><span style="font-size:11px">(*Lessons marked with an asterisk contain images with nudity.)</span>

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.<br><br><span style="font-size:11px">(*Lessons marked with an asterisk contain images with nudity.)</span>

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.

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

The Masterclass of Annie helped me to think new about imagery. If someone wants to learn about photography beyond the technical aspect of it, that there is much more to it than what Camera you use. If somebody really wants to dive into the meaning of imagery than this Masterclass will help him or her to advance on another level of Photography just as it helped me.

Emphasis on "Seeing" - which seems obvious enough but ironically isn't.

Great class. Very insightful. Helpful on a technical level with incredible creative input. Thanks for putting this together; hooked me to subscribe.

Annie Leibovitz's photography class is honest and transparent.

Comments

Tomáš S.

useless masterclass. Leibovitz shoud bring up her best known works, comment on them, explain why and show the set how I did it and postproduciton main steps. Wasted time.

Liam K.

One take away was the fact that I thought a professional photographer can be anyone who can have a professional camera. But it's not so much so. Great to see that she almost never uses fancy lightings and gadgets. That working under an overcast light is something she prefers while most others hate neutral lighting or no direct sun light.

Wendi K.

This class was very inspirational to me. After completing a large project within my LGBTQ community 5 years ago, I set my camera down. Our community can be very critical and I wasn't prepared for that. It's taking me this long to pull down the wall I created around photographing people and come back to it. Annie's class has been good for me to, basically, start over again. Thank you.

victor A.

This was super compelling. I love her work and I have been photographed by Annie and it's my favorite photo of myself. I learned that all artists are similar on some of the processes. thanks Annie. victor

A fellow student

Overall, I found this class one of the more interesting of all the MasterClass's. I recognize that I am more of a technician than an artist. Perhaps I can still learn.

Jean

Loved Annie’s teaching style along with her knowledge and experience. Though she is a world famous photographer, she comes across as down to earth and exquisitely interesting in her obsession with photography and people. It felt like she, the unguarded observer, was in my house explaining photography.

Calfo S.

Thank you for a great lesssons Annie. A big Hug from Perú. Oh the young girl is my neigboard.

Aubrey C.

This simple image of my brother in law with the horses always reminds me of the bond of trust between him and these horses. To me this represents one of the most “authentic” portraits I have ever shot.

Kenton M.

One of my all-time favorite images! I love the story that this photograph tells.

Kenton M.

I loved getting to take Annie's class! She's definitely a very interesting human being! One of several things that I took away from this was to never stop. Always be ready to shoot and to always have a camera either on or near you. In other words.... if you want this as a career.... you have to live and breathe photography! Take pictures all the time! :D