Design, Photography, & Fashion

Portrait Photography

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 19:49 min

Annie discusses portraiture and photojournalism, and what makes portrait photography so compelling for her as a medium. Learn why Annie loves the photo series and why a single image cannot truly "capture" a person.*

Annie Leibovitz
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Annie brings you into her studio and onto her shoots to teach you everything she knows about portraiture and telling stories through images.
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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.


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

Inspire me a lots! will watch over and over again...

Like a philosophical level of Annie´s work. I did expect a bit more technical info on composition... But I really enjoyed it!

I immensely enjoyed hearing straight from Annie what works best for her and how to find ways that work best for us. Thank you Annie for your time.

As a professional photographer and Director of Photography taking the class has given me some new ideas on how or what I may want to accomplish on future projects.


Irwin B.

What she is discussing is the conceptual aspect of photography which is very inspiring. She makes me feel that anyone can take a good portrait. I am looking forward to learning the practical aspects.

A fellow student

I would love to hear more of how she gains her subjects trust, how the creative process unfolds, and how she finds her creative angles.

A fellow student

This is a helpful introduction into understanding who Annie is and her beliefs about photography.

Matthias H.

The simple things are the hardest to achieve it seems to me such as to master the understanding what you are doing? How much of it is a calling, a talent or simple learning?

Tammy W.

It's an adventure! Yes, you really need to learn to see, this makes sense to me, thank you.

Bob H.

I really enjoyed this lesson. I came away with the thought that the photograph is inside of you , if you can see it. Of course, learning your equipment, methods, use of light etc. are important, but you need to connect.

A fellow student

Is there a printed syllabus for this class like other ones in the Master Class Series? I don't see a pop-up for it

A fellow student

"You can have what you think is the best equipment and it doesn't help if you can't see." Wow, so powerful and true. Being truly present and open to the evolution of the story takes so much practice and strengthened intuition/self-trust.

A fellow student

She is one of my favorites photographers and just listening how she thinks, or her opinion about how to learn inspires me and help me.


I like how the assignment puts the responsibility on the student to find meaning in the photograph that they have selected. No one is telling the students why a photograph works or doesn't work, or what the story is that it tells. It is completely left to the student as an exercise to make us stop, reflect, and think. It's a lesson to teach us how to see through the lens of the camera. Like a great photo, it's simple, but deeply meaningful.