Design, Photography, & Fashion

Working With Your Subject

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 8:24 min

Annie shares how she approaches working with a subject for a photo shoot, including refuting the popular notion that it's a photographer's responsibility to put a subject at ease.

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.

Of course she is a great. Did not find answers for all my questions, hope someday to see more practice from postprodaction. Tnx for mc anyway.

My only complaint is that your photos flashed by too fast in the video. I like looking at them. I must watch them again.

A philosophical journey through the mind of a truly inspirational photographer.

I loved this series. To me it was more of a documentary about Annie than a full class, and I would have loved to see her process in detail from start to finish, but I loved it.


Dulce L.

Wonderful Lessons! Ha Ha; I had to figure out where to shoot her" When talking about your experience in photographing the Queen. Made me laugh..Thank you so much for this class and for your time.

Heidi F.

Very inspiring! Here is one picture from my magazine regarding Norwegian folk costumes. Best regards, Heidi Fossnes.

A fellow student

Only half way through the class, and wow. Im speechless. These are some pictures I took during my trip to Havana.

Dominique H.

I shot this image of my husband watching our kids playing. On this shot, he was happy that I didn't try to stage the shot or have him pose, I just snapped away while he looked on.

emmanuelle G.

great lesson. Working outside your comfort zone and considering comfort is not the goal of a great shoot.

Karen R.

This was a fun challenge. My friend had previously told me she hates having her picture taken and refused to let me use her as the subject of a previous assignment. But yesterday we were on the subway coming home from a fun day together and I just started taking her picture as I was sitting beside her, and then she gave in and let me continue. The largest image is my favorite, but I was also really pleased that she eventually smiled at me.

Graeme R.

God, I love this! Annie is flowering, becoming real and funny now for me. So good to know how she feels in these situations.

Maria N.

I took this one of my dad during the xmas vacay 2018.... he ponders as he sips and swigs on the cigg at the door of his man cave! Where he spends most of his time with blaring music and his vices... my old man!

Betsy M.

I took a photo of my son who is studying theatre. He wanted to walk our dog with one of his masks on. This turned out to be one of my favorites.

Paul H.

Not everyone likes to have their photograph taken Its part of the job description of the photographer to recognise how comfortable the subject may be in front of the camera ad becoming the subject yourself makes you confront that reality, makes you connect with that experience and makes you develop as a photographer