From Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass

Student Sessions

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.

Topics include: Photographing Family and Friends • Learning How to See • Being a Director • Storytelling in a Series • Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back • Connecting With the World Through Photography

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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.

Topics include: Photographing Family and Friends • Learning How to See • Being a Director • Storytelling in a Series • Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back • Connecting With the World Through Photography

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.

This class was definitely more inspirational than instructional. The strongest point is to find what makes me passionate about photography - and do that! I greatly respect her work and the time she gave to inspire us.

Insight on how to see within the frame, to use lighting along with interacting with subjects and telling stories with the camera.

It gave me inspiration to continue my photography.

I don't know yet, because I think what Annie's class is about needs time to distill into your own photography. It was very inspiring to hear her story and her thoughts about "good" (personal, artistic) photography. However there was little information that instantly helps you to improve as a photographer.

Comments

Janneair

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.

Rob M.

I enjoyed hearing what Annie sees in their work. I think a recurring thought of hers is to strive to be as connected as possible to the subject so that you can explore as much as possible what might work. This picture was taken in London, through a bus window actually while stopped in traffic.

J'nee H.

I like that she has included students. In other MasterClasses the instructors don't do this. The reality is work today is in the digital format. This is a total kismet photo that I got on a trip to Burma. No studio, no special lighting- I just loved the subjects.

Graeme R.

Excited about the work of the German/Russian woman (Mika, I think) in taking portraits of Mennonites in Siberia. Beautiful indeed. Is the title of her book available?

Katherine H.

I enjoyed seeing the students' work and hearing them talk about it. The instructor's commentary bestows the benefit not only of her talent, but of her wisdom and experience, and she delivers grace and aplomb. She skillfully draws students out and engages them, choosing questions carefully to develop their thinking about their work.

Ralph F.

Taj Mahal, had to take the lamp shade off a table lamp, only light in the room

Ralph F.

Lightnin’ Hopkins with extremely close stage lighting, profile helped diffuse things I think