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.

Great introduction ... excited to hear much more!

This is amazing class! I think is is leasing for life and photography!

I came to this class in search of inspiration and I what I found was beyond my expectations. Annie's approach is so warm and inviting and her work speaks for itself. I'm so glad I took this class and I'm really excited to use the ideas she shared on finding your perspective and finding your own inspiration and voice in photography.

very good at getting you to see all aspects within the frame. Re -enforces to trust and develop what you like and interested in in your own work


Tim W.

I went on a trip for several days and left my cat with food and water. When I got back she was angry with me, but I was very happy to see her. I had just gotten another camera, and was able to get these of her. I may read more into these picture than are there, but I think it helps and comforts me. She was also happy to see me it seems, after she calmed down.

A fellow student

I think I stay a little longer with my subject that he forgets I have a camera and that’s the time to shoot

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!