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.

Its quite lovely to peer into the mind of one of my most inspiring photography (s)heros...

It was like attending an in-depth lecture of hers. I took my time and watched and listened and became inspired.

I appreciate Annie's relaxed view of composing her photographs. It helped me remember to breath, point, shoot what I see instead of thinking too much

Annie teaches open mind ..the rest is in the practice ...

Comments

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???

Gilbert A.

This lesson, which seems filled with repetitiveness, reminds me of an old tutor from something else a long time ago. He never taught us how to do what the class was about. He would say, "I don't teach you how to do, I teach you how to think", and left it at that. So I can see what Annie means, though it seems cryptic. She says 'go over your work, see what you have' etc, etc. But she is right. When you have the photos, you should maybe leave them a while, but keep looking at them. Leave them a few days or maybe even a week or more (unless you have a deadline), then eventually you will see photos that leap out at you, you will learn sooner and sooner, which ones are good and deserve a good editing and you will see also the dross, the rubbish, the unusable stuff. I watched this lesson twice before I got the point and once I've finished this MasterClass, I will almost certainly watch it at least once more all the way through, before I use it in my work.

Grant B.

This one particularly felt like filler. This could have been covered in 2 sentences. "Look back at your old work to give yourself a sense of direction." and "learn to be discerning on what photos are good." but how would we do that? We certainly won't find out here.