From Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass

Photographing People Who Are Close to You

Annie discusses why your family and loved ones may be your best photography subjects and what opportunities come from photographing subjects who are close to you.

Topics include: Photographing Family and Friends • A Photographer's Life

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Annie discusses why your family and loved ones may be your best photography subjects and what opportunities come from photographing subjects who are close to you.

Topics include: Photographing Family and Friends • A Photographer's Life

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.

Love of all subjects, being insightful and seeing through emotions!

I would've loved to have learned more about her framing and the portraits she takes with multiple subjects

I'm very struck by the emphasis on picture content, rather than beauty and technique alone. The class has changed how I view my pictures.

Today I went to the office of Annie and watched the webcam questions. It did inspire me. All is important. This world of the image touches me. Thanks.

Comments

Graeme R.

This was so beautiful. Annie Leibovitz became completely real and lovable to me in seeing the photographs of the people she loved, and hearing her talk about them. Sigh. It was also very moving to hear her students and to watch their faces. Sob.

Achille A.

How did you prepare for the shooting? Did you have drawings of the concept? You seemed to know what you wanted from the beginning.

Devan P.

I took this Polaroid of my roommate/best friend Camille holding my cat Safari. I love this pic because the cat looks massive when held by my tiny friend and she started squirming a second before the photo was taken so it came out just a little comical looking.

Angela S.

What tips would you give for animal photography. Dogs are my main passion.

Marjory B.

I have no idea why I am responding to your course the way that I am. I thought I was past grieving for my husband and mother. I'm not apparently, because when I saw the photograph of your mother; I, like you, sobbed like a baby. How I wish that I had photographed my mother more. I wish that I had not listened to her words, "Don't take my picture." Damn it.

Kevin B.

This is a photo of the love of my life that I took a few years back for an assignment from my first ever photography course.

Donna S.

I liked this lesson. I liked hearing her talk about how much she enjoys photographing her family. I love taking pictures of family and friends, although they don't always appreciate me pulling out my camera! I love looking back at pictures that have captured special moments. It's a way to hold onto memories and especially memories of family and friends who have passed away. I love to look at pictures of my kids, grandkids and nieces and nephews and see how they changed over the years. It's fun to see pictures of my kids as babies/young children and compare them to pictures of my grandchildren at roughly the same ages. My grandchildren love to see pictures of their parents as babies.

Vincent M.

The person I most enjoy taking portraits of is my niece Melissa. Melissa as Annie says "the ones who put up with you" does a great job of putting up with me and my crazy almost zany ideas for a shoot. I have been in Melissa's life since she was 3 and now that she is 21 its been such treat to see her grow into such a beautiful person. I want to photograph my parents but it scares me too death to actually entertain the thought. We are close, we love each other, we talk but to take a portrait scares me too death. This is my niece Melissa and her senior portrait I took back in 2014. 6 hour day 3 different locations and just us two talking and having fun.

PHIL

Step-Mother and Father in front of their home, our take on American Gothic. This was my fathers idea. He passed several years ago...

Thomas M.

Can someone tell me if 1) Anyone from masterclass (or even Annie) reads any of these comments and/or 2) responds to any of them? Even in aggregate?