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Design, Photography, & Fashion

Photo Studies: Creative Partnerships

Jimmy Chin

Lesson time 14:46 min

In this chapter, featuring an interview with renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, Jimmy breaks down how creative relationships fuel his photography, and explores the importance of forging partnerships with those who push you to greater heights.

Jimmy Chin
Teaches Adventure Photography
National Geographic photographer teaches his techniques for planning, capturing, and editing breathtaking photos.
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Push the limits of your photography

Jimmy Chin has built his career taking photos at the top of the world, earning him the cover of National Geographic and multiple awards. Now he’s taking you on location to teach you techniques for capturing breathtaking shots. In his photography class, learn different creative approaches for commercial shoots, editorial spreads, and passion projects. Gather the gear—and the perspective—to bring your photography to new heights.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

It was an amazing class! Learned so much about following your passion and commit fully to your work. Very good advice from Jimmy on due diligence and how far that will take you.

Thank you Jimmy! Your commitment for adventure photography and outdoor extreme sports are both amazing. The clear and authentic style you talked about it makes your class very good experience for beginners and advanced photographers as well.

I love that he said, if it's already been done, make sure you bring different levels to the script! That was my biggest take away!

Couldn't recommend this class more. Jimmy's wonderfully eloquent masterclass is packed with practical tips and inspiration. Thank you!


Justin K.

I wanted to take a quick moment to address a concern I'm finding interwoven through the class comments on a 'lack of appeal' of the content. It saddens me as the material is quite superb. I feel the issue comes down to what some individuals decided the course should be, instead of exploring it as intended. I believe some viewers expected Jimmy to compose a Photography 101 session or took the class with the intention of walking away with new business techniques to improve their cashflow. Most masterclasses are composed on the premise of exploring deep fundamental philosophies of a given 'master' in their field. That is precisely what Jimmy has done and is doing within this class. He exposes his creative angles, imagination, insight into the aptitude that brought him to where he's at in his career. A masterclass intends to dig deep, with a level of presumption that you already know a deal about the topic. If you're looking for foundational information, a technical understanding of how to youse your camera, or what the functional aspects are for photographic composition, take a course at your local college or sit down for an afternoon with YouTube.

jodouin M.

I love Jimmy Chin a lot and his work is very inspiring for me but I have to admit that I'm a little bit disapointed by this masterclass. Not enough advise on the technical aspects, what lens to chose, how to deal with changing light in mountains? For me it is just a very long ITW )-; 100$ is the price of complete Starwars DVD box!!! Sorry if I'm being rude. By the way, Jimmy Chin remains one of favourite photographer...

Chris O.

Consequences x probability = risk .... so cool. If only I had heard this before I lost my leg paragliding. However... Reluctance x missed opportunity = regret No regrets 📸

Peter S.

Pretty much all of these classes are completely Worthless. I came into the MasterClass with a lot of questions and expectations. Should I get a teleconverter lens? Tell me in your 20 classes many scenarios that you use different lenses. Tell me why this f-stop is preferable. What are the settings of your national geographic photos? What are ideal combinations of f-stop, Iso and aperture to get proper photos outside vs inside. Midday vs night time, etc. Jimmy Chin ends up talking about things like "you need to allow yourself to fail." Yea, no kidding, I already learn those lessons everyday in my own life and my own career. This is a waste of money. I literally learned more about photography from the first 5 minutes from ANY YOUTUBE VIDEO or from the first five minutes of any photography book or the first 5 minutes from taking a photography class. He just wastes your time telling you stories about when he was a kid, waiting tables, working for his mentors, how Conrad is his best friend, etc, etc, etc.

Teresa T.

I haven't been able to download any of the workbooks since lesson 5. Any suggestions?

Elizabeth E.

I love the sentiment about when you have to be the best, you are the best. The whole having to rise to the occasion is so critical and I think that plays out so well when you work and partner with others that not only bring out the best in you but challenge you to elevate yourself further. There is only growth outside our comfort zones. So cool and what a nice tribute to Dean Potter. So sad to lose such a free spirit.


Congrats big time to Jimmy on the Oscar! Wow, so cool--and well-deserved. Although I think Meru was even better and also deserved an award.

Jorge B.

Creativity flourishes when team work and talent meet. It becomes this mutual respect for craft and a different perspective must be welcomed in order for everyone to grow and learn.

Rob J.

So far in the masterclass I feel it is lacking teaching structure. There is a lot of Jimmy telling us how good he is and telling us ego boosting stories but there doesn't seem to be a lot of content. In this video it took 15 minutes to tell us its good to have friends to go on expedition with and to tell us (again) that Jimmy has shot a lot of different activities in the mountains.