Design, Photography, & Fashion

Working With Light

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 10:37 min

Annie discusses her philosophy around photography equipment, working with natural light, and the value of keeping your lighting kit small.

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.

Amazing Master Class about the gorgeous Anna! Though some things I already knew, but these lectures helped new look on them. Thank you very much! Waiting for new workshops from photographers

Love it, I love how it is not about the technical aspect of photography as you can learn that anywhere.

Implementing our own philosophy in our work can be a good thing. Our work does not necessarily need to go with the grain but can cross it or go against it. It's art, so personal expression can be a good thing!

What an inspiring woman...She reminds me of the "WHY" as oppose to getting carried away with the technicalities of this digital age where we loose the edge and simplicity of our work! Loved the class.. Thank you


A fellow student

Doing some extra work on an outdoor film set in Sheffield (for 'extra' cash :P) and captured this lady walking back from the crew's tent during golden hour on a really hot day. Think I may have almost gotten sunstroke that day, but the images made it worthwhile ha. I'm learning to observe where the shadows are, where the sun is in the sky, the light is coming from and the most enjoyable times of the day to shoot in. I recently took up jogging early in the morning and the light through the trees onto the path in the park... Will try to snap it on my next run. I tried to photograph one location just after sunrise that I'd already photographed midday and learned an obvious, but valuable lesson about checking what time gated parks open... One thing I know to check thoroughly before choosing my next subject! Ha.

A fellow student

I didn’t learn as much as I thought. I love light and know how to work with it as she was talking about.

Brian G.

my name is Brian Greasley I am an Artist and Sculptor just getting into photography my contact details are e; regards t: 07713493010

Diane L.

This is a photo of friends celebrating no more cancer in blood values and her loss of hair from chemo. Dark room so I used the overhead light with little success but now sure a technician could fix this head light.

Diane L.

This is early morning light with a digital Samsung phone. I only use natural light but would like a good strobe with great natural light mimicry. Most interesting is, no longer can I keep my preferred light, as the sun climbs, by using my gray palm light. I can get a perfect light by pointing shutter at the light of the ground or sky and quickly moving to subject and shoot, the values remain but exact light is hard to repeat. Not yet a fan of digital phone cameras, even though I love the size, because they are too slow to capture such things as lighting dolphin images.

A fellow student

I have struggled with how to balance natural light and manufactured light because I have the same problem wherein I want to emulate what my eyes see at that moment. Although she doesn't go into the technicality in depth, knowing her process gives me confidence in mine. It's the little things. I used to think "Oh my gosh, I need that new flash, or that new lens, or that new mirrorless camera body..." and the list goes on and on. When in reality, you can just use and appreciate what you have and work with that. That takes some skill.

Terry M.

I would like to apply the lighting concepts to drawing and painting portraits.

Nima D.

Very disappointed. this teaches you nothing about photography. you can find more valuable content on Youtube for free if you want to learn photography. seriously.

John E.

In my very humbled opinion I know Annie's experience to be innately helpful with regards to the entire lesson, Experience wiser than an old textbook or manual has helped me to understand Annie's (or her clients: Case Study: Keith Haring in Time Square. I mean really, the courage one must have to get out of the car with a naked Keith, take photographs, and dash back into the car with getting arrested), this action is not something you will discover in a book or manual. Annie's experience is essential in a wise woman kind of way. And, s a photographer, these gutsy moves she has to create through her work is the most compelling part of a photo-journalistic nature. It simply has to be this way to be the best. Annie's the best! And, it shows through her work. Annie has the courage to do whatever it takes to get the shot.

Thomas M.

I agree with Ingrid LeeMiami. Love Annie's work. But the is just rambling here. I am an advanced photographer and get lighting. I was hoping for more. And the various stories (Whoopi Goldberg ) can be found on the web.