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Conclusion and farewell

Albert Watson

Masters of Photography

Albert Watson

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54. Conclusion and farewell
Albert summarises some fundamental learning points he has acquired over his 40 year career. He leaves you with some poignant tips and bids his farewell, "onwards and upwards".


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1 Meet your Master Duration:01:26
2 Learn from the journey Duration:15:24
3 Using inspirations Duration:08:43
4 Photography is stopping time Duration:09:27
5 Albert's library of ideas Duration:08:30
7 Setting up the studio Duration:04:56
10 Foreground studio set up Duration:08:46
14 Picking the best shot Duration:03:36
15 Working with photoshop Duration:13:14
18 One day with Kate Moss Duration:05:06
19 Learn to have your ideas ready Duration:06:14
20 Using Polariods Duration:06:29
22 Controlling natural light Duration:05:38
23 Shooting a monkey with a gun Duration:06:27
24 Choosing your format Duration:07:13
25 Composition and lens Duration:04:47
28 Creating still life images Duration:13:48
29 Photographing the Lost Diary Duration:10:53
30 Shooting album covers Duration:03:09
31 The Strip Search Project Duration:10:28
32 Shooting Las Vegas landscapes Duration:08:24
33 Photographing Breaunna Duration:07:21
35 Creating the Maroc Project Duration:10:21
36 Creating the Maroc shoot Duration:08:11
37 Photographing sand dunes Duration:04:09
39 Advice on making portraits Duration:10:12
44 Photographing Jack Nicholson Duration:04:21
47 Studio fashion set up 4 Duration:10:48
49 Look inside the picture Duration:02:57
51 Combining nudes and landscapes Duration:04:52
52 A perfect print Duration:07:51
53 The business side of things Duration:06:51
54 Conclusion and farewell Duration:03:55

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Conclusion and farewell

(melancholy music) You ready? Yup, action out. The old fashioned word action. Yeah. (laughing) We want to disrupt your thought that was all. Action now. Okay. There's a funny kind of thing you sometimes you know CNN put it up and say just because we have somebody on our show, they're not necessarily expressing the opinions of CNN. Now you've kind of sat through this video. It's actually with me it's the opposite. You're actually truly getting my opinions. Now my opinions don't have to be your opinions. But maybe if you've listened carefully to everything, you might pick up one or two things that I've learned and it took me 40 years to really learn all of these things you know. So I was trying to be as helpful as possible. The thing that you've heard me say again, and again, and again, is preparation, thought, concept. Those things make your picture, unless you're a genius, unless you're Mozart. These things, preparation is gigantic help. Really the camera, the lighting, these...

things are of course important. If your lights don't work, your camera doesn't work. But you want to really just get that out of the way as quickly as possible. You should always be aware of those elements. But get to the concept. Start thinking artistically. Start thinking about how you use your personality as part of what's in your case. You bring your personality to the shooting. And just involve yourself with art. Photography is an artistic pursuit. Great photography really is an artistic pursuit. Immerse yourself whenever possible in books, museums, galleries. Don't just look at photography books but look at art books. Look at what's amazing about modern painters, like a Francis Bacon or a Picasso. Or an impressionist, or even go back to Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, different you know, all the way back. I even find cave paintings kind of fascinating. You really have to work very very hard. But if you truly want to be a photographer, and you're passionate about it, your passions should absolutely carry you through. It's upwards and onwards you know? As somebody said in Toy Story. Definitely, I would say if there's one thing, even beyond concept it's preparation. So I want to thank you for sitting through all of that. I also thank the crew that helped me put this together. They were fantastic. Most of all I wish you really really good luck with your careers. That's important. (electronic music)

Class Description


  • Albert’s tips and tricks on landscape, fashion, portraiture and still life photography.
  • Simple lighting techniques using natural light and studio light
  • Simple tips on preparing for portrait shoots
  • How to create incredible portraits using just two $10 bulbs
  • Albert’s tips and tricks on landscape, fashion, portraiture and still life photography.
  • Simple lighting techniques using natural light and studio light
  • Simple tips on preparing for portrait shoots
  • How to create incredible portraits using just two $10 bulbs


Learn how Albert creates his amazing photographs on location and in the studio using simple explanations.

Albert reveals his shoot secrets on how he photographs Presidents, Hollywood stars, music’s greatest artists, landscapes, nudes, chimpanzees and still life. We follow him on location in Morocco, Paris and in his studio in New York. You will find out where he suggests you look to get inspiration, how to approach a portrait session, see how to light like Albert.

We show you exactly how Albert works on these images after the shoot, it’s all about Albert giving you his ideas and advice and helping you see and create better images for yourself.

It’s not about what camera to use, it’s about how to see and develop ideas, concepts and narrative to make stunning photographs.

As Albert says..."You have to stay switched on"


Richard A. Heckler

"Unless you're Mozart"...this course is an invaluable asset. I'm a pro, humanitarian/documentary photographer, & wilderness...and I've learned much from the 40+ sessions here. This is truly a Master best thing to being with Albert. And although I could watch studio sessions forever, this course offered a very balanced curriculum of technical information, artistic encouragement and guidance, and a open, generous window into the thinking of a gifted artist and photographer, sifted from decades of first class experience. Kudos to all involved. Excellent!

a Creativelive Student

I purchased my first CreativeLive class in 2011 and have continued to purchase many classes over the years. I have learned so much from the many great instructors. This one is not a technical class that will tell you to set your camera at f4, 1/60, ISO 400 and you can get this shot. If you are looking for that, there are many other options. If you have a solid working knowledge of photography, this class is so much more. The way it was filmed is like you are there with him in conversation or in the room with him watching him shoot. To see and understand the how and why he does what he does. Not to take anything away from other classes that have helped to give me a strong understanding of photography, this is my favorite CreativeLive class so far.