Annie Leibovitz online master class

Discussion in 'Portraits and Fashion' started by DrBen, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. Annie Leibovitz is giving a 14 module master class on portrait photography that can be followed online or downloaded. There is a short video trailer on the course page that is worth watching even if the class is not your cup of tea.

    Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography | MasterClass
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  2. The class is truly inspirational. It isn't the typical gear and how to light class. It is a window into the creative process and then capture rather than mechanics. To the gear heads, she may be a disappointment as she is a minimalist and tends to work on location where she stays with the direction of light and gives it a bit of help. With lenses, she says use only one and master it.
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  3. She had to do something to pay off her debts. lol I think the price is very reasonable.
  4. Michael, I'm not surprised you were one of the folks interested based on your work. Yes, Annie got hammered with taxes when she inherited Susan Sontag's estate. The preview gave me hope that someone else sees photography that way. It gives me another lighting style in my quiver since I tend to over power ambient or eliminate it entirely rather than nudge it as she likes. Experimenting with it the last couple of days.
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  5. Bob, I am a fan of Annie and I have picked up lighting techniques for free on youtube behind scenes which I use when I use single light on location. I am not interested in the videos at this time as I am more a tech person but I like to see a successful photographer put out instruction videos and I think she would offer a great value to any photographer. I will wait however as I am still saving money for some equipment upgrades. :)
  6. The price seems to be very reasonable to the value one would get from a look into AL's mind.
  7. From what I’ve read, she had financial problems long before inheriting Susan’s property and estate. Brilliant at making portraits doesn’t translate to good financial sense and decision-making. No reason to laugh at it, though.

    I do love her work. Saw her interviewed in person for an arts and lecture series here in San Francisco a few years ago and was so excited to see her . . . and she was a total bore. Seemed like she just didn’t want to be there. She told one or two fun anecdotes about her days with the Stones, but otherwise seemed way off. Possibly just a bad night.

    I imagine her master class will be much better. Her big retrospective at the Legion of Honor here, which coincided with her book, A Photographer’s Life, was wonderful. As impressive as her portraits were her photos of family, particularly her parents when aged and dying. They had a more documentary feel while also coming across as deeply personal, not at all commercial.

    She developed a niche and put an indelible stamp on it, seizing her culture and bringing it in unique ways to her audience.
  8. I've bought a couple of her books and find that I like a lot of her early work that was done more simply. Often she was shooting for Rolling Stone and captured people off stage and not in performance mode. Some truly wonderful work. At some point I think she went commercial and I didn't enjoy that as much. Portraiture is my weak spot, one of them anyway, and I may try some of these videos out. For me it is not the technical side but getting through to the subject and getting them relaxed. Maybe she will have some insight.

    Rick H.
  9. Looks interesting. What is the total time of all of the videos in the Leibovitz class?

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