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
Teaches Photography
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 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.

the importance of the personal vision of the subject, I would have preferred to talk more about the most recent works, also analyzing them technically

For me as an established portrait and music photographer it is always important to reflect my work. With this wonderful class and my thoughts that came by watching it I look now with a fresh view at my photography. Thank you Annie and Masterclass! K.

Excellent! I really enjoyed seeing her approach and learning how she worked.


Esther E.

The most meaningful portraits tell a story; they not only memorialize a person at a specific time and place, they give us insight into that person as well. Really great portraits tell us as much about the photographer as the person they photographed.

Susanne R.

This Master Class i a lot different than i thought, but ment in a positive way. Its very nice that AL is down to earth with her photography, not to much technique only whats neded. attached a photo taken with only the natural light

Mark W.

As a somewhat a mature photographer some her small tips I find useful such as using only a small light on the subjects face, listening to the details I can pick out stuff. If I were a professional I agree on others comments

Erin B.

Annie uses a lot of her prior work as examples. The imagery helps to define her concepts.

Wil C.

I thought this was a master class! No I am not a narcissist, but I agree with some of the comments. This doesn't look prepared and wanders. Again name dropping, just show the images and let them speak to me alongside some tech notes. Our local camera club offers great light lessons. I only use natural light all the time to focus on those with mental illness and the banality of their lives.

Simon L.

P-l-e-a-s-e remove the annoying overlay from paused video when watching on a desktop / laptop! And let us just pause / play with the space bar. THAT would increase my enjoyment of these lessons 10 fold just by decreasing the annoyance factor!


I did not know who Annie Leibovitz was until I took this course. Now I do, and I am so sad I pissed away the last 40 years not getting paid for what I can do naturally. Thank you for confirming all the feelings I have had over the decades with every shot I take. When I retire, maybe I can slide back into this full time.

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