From Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass

Looking Back at Your Work

Annie discusses the importance of self-reflection and explains why it's so important for every photographer to look back at their work.*

Topics include: Editing • The Early Years, 1970-1983: An Installation for the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France

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Annie discusses the importance of self-reflection and explains why it's so important for every photographer to look back at their work.*

Topics include: Editing • The Early Years, 1970-1983: An Installation for the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France

Annie Leibovitz

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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.

I learned a lot about the way a photographer develops by watching Annie talk about her work now and over the years and how she was influenced. This was the most helpful part of the course to me.

I really enjoyed the way she helps you break the mold of trying to be so technical that you forget to see the moment and just capture it. Very inspiring!

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!

My perspective on photography. I'm excited to buy a camera and and look through my photos and start to explore, pick favorites, and take photos of people.

Comments

Mary

I address this comment to others in the group and also to Annie Leibovitz and hope she has a chance to read this: I was deeply moved by this lesson. Annie exposes herself here--and that is the key, for me anyway, to the lesson. We think of photography--or writing that is my primary art--as perhaps exposing others, but in reality the best art always exposes the self. That's what going "close to home" means to me. I found this to be one of the best opening lessons in the Master Class cadre.

Steve H.

I get that looking back at your work is important. That could be covered in two minutes

Matt G.

This lesson won't play on my computer. Anyone else having the same problem? Safari browser on Mac. Just watched a couple of other lessons on different courses with no problem. Also tried rebooting.

A fellow student

This lecture was not helpful. She didn't say anything about how to edit work or what to look for when you are looking back on it.

Neva

I think looking back on your work is very important, cuz you can see how far you have come.

Paul H.

Retrospectivity provided me with an understanding of where I was on my photographic and artistic journey and continues to inform me of that

Betsy M.

This is a photo of my other son. I took this 2 years ago. I always help take photos of the swim team.

Vincent M.

Looking back on your work is so very important. Its a way of staying focused and seeing how you get better at your craft as a photographer. I go back to my early work and I can remember the certain struggles of deciding an f/stop a certain angle of light or the composition of the final image. Annie is right about having good days and bad days and days where you don't even think you are connected with the shot. It all helps to keep ones self ground in a sea of pictures. I have taken editing classes and have brought in my early work to do the assignments on. Its very rewarding to find images you thought weren't any good were actually pretty darn good.

Thom A.

I agree with comments that Annie largely talks about her work. The point of the lesson, to review your work, seems obvious. Who doesn't do that when you editing images for a client or getting ready for an exhibition or book. It would have helped to hear her discuss how she evaluates her work. Few of us have the resources she does to have a crew that does all of her editing, printing, staging, lighting. What I did find useful and inspiring was what she said in the last minute of the lesson about working through the challenges and the importance of our work.

Thomas M.

I'm getting tired of listening to Annie just tell her life story. I'd like to learn how to take quality photos. Isn't that what this course is???