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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.

This was great! Thanks for sharing with us Annie!

Start with your family; they are important to you, and their photos will last longer than them.

This class has been great! I have gained deeper knowledge of composing an image and telling the story. All my thanks.

I got so much out of this class. I am an experienced photographer so I was mainly interested in her workflow and thought process. I loved seeing her on set and working with others. I got some amazing tips for my future shoots and just thinking about them from a different angle.


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.

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.