Design, Photography, & Fashion

Student Sessions

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 24:42 min

Annie sits down with students from her alma mater, the San Francisco Art Institute, to critique their work and share her own approach to core principles of photography.

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.

The class helped me to be braver and learn that it’s ok to be enthusiastic.

It has helped me a lot to get to share the experience of someone like Annie. Ive worked in another profession but have always liked photography. And now Im dedicating to it! Love to see her passion for this art and her philosophy. Wonderful experience, thanks to the organizers and to Annie,and the development of technollogy, Agustina from Argentina.

Annie is a true master. She teaches us how to think and experiment. After all, photography is not a technical work, it's art, it requires creativity, it requires your heart.

This masterclass helped me to understand 3 important things; the importance of communication with the subject the importance of not stress planning a session when you let it flow can work better the importance of giving yourself the freedom to experiment. Thanks Annie for everything shared!



This is a good beginner basics, but I was hoping for angle suggestions for food, like side, overhead, etc.

William D.

I did like secession as photography is about personal expression as much as it is about how to - In this case, it hints at why to, or better states, why do you... Great stuff if you are not in too much of a rush to consider a bigger picture

A fellow student

Not much learning on that session, I know all of this is not about technique but still I would have preferred constructive feedback on what's good and what's not. I do not really see the value of this student session video in this course

A fellow student

Although I enjoyed listening to Annie's and her students' philosophical thoughts, I was hoping, instead of generalities, for more actual teaching on how to see, and how to develop it. After all, it is the lesson's title.

Brian G.

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Renee M.

As a retired teacher, I really enjoyed this. It is always a pleasure to listen to young creative students talk about their work. It's a great time of life for them as they discover and work with who they are.


I, for one, really enjoyed this. At this point of master class I was already accepting that there's not a lot of technical things coming my way (say of compositioning, compositing etc.) which I would've liked. These talks were good. If nothing else, it gave me an insight on how a seasoned pro and talented students go about their work, how do they talk about it. This gives me a perspective that I haven't had with my own photography. Mika(?) in the end: Her picture on the right is absolutely gorgeous. Wish I knew who she is to follow up on how she's doing.

Paul C.

I liked this session and wished I was there. It is odd how a little softness to a shot used to be a good thing, but now the drive to technical superiority makes many people prefer photos that are artistically inferior. I caught this shot at a graduation, and although there is movement blur of the toy and her hand, I think it makes the shot more personal and "alive", if there is such a thing.

Steve H.

Time-wise, this was an extended lesson. In a Master Class, I think it is useful to have the Master offering remarks about the students' portfolio. I enjoyed the images that Mika presented and her extended educational background is evident in her photographs.

Chris P.

I like the sharing and experiences but found the students quite inarticulate. A real struggle when every second word is "like" followed by a pause and the sentence or thought remains unfinished.