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Conclusion and farewell

Lesson 54 from: Masters of Photography

Albert Watson

Conclusion and farewell

Lesson 54 from: 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".

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Meet your Master

01:26
2

Learn from the journey

15:24
3

Using inspirations

08:43
4

Photography is stopping time

09:27
5

Albert's library of ideas

08:30
6

Tips on preparing for a portrait shoot

12:10
7

Setting up the studio

04:56
8

Understanding studio collaboration

07:35
9

The importance of casting and hair & make-up

08:59
10

Foreground studio set up

08:46
11

Studio session with a model - set up 1

11:23
12

Studio session with a model - set up 2

05:55
13

Studio session with a model - set up 3

08:01
14

Picking the best shot

03:36
15

Working with photoshop

13:14
16

Creating a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock

04:18
17

The gigantic question... Colour or black and white?

07:55
18

One day with Kate Moss

05:06
19

Learn to have your ideas ready

06:14
20

Using Polariods

06:29
21

Creating beautiful photographs of hands

04:45
22

Controlling natural light

05:38
23

Shooting a monkey with a gun

06:27
24

Choosing your format

07:13
25

Composition and lens

04:47
26

Shooting landscapes. The Isle of Skye

15:18
27

Planning and ideas for a landscape shoot

06:32
28

Creating still life images

13:48
29

Photographing the Lost Diary

10:53
30

Shooting album covers

03:09
31

The Strip Search Project

10:28
32

Shooting Las Vegas landscapes

08:24
33

Photographing Breaunna

07:21
34

Balancing daylight, God bless America

03:45
35

Creating the Maroc Project

10:21
36

Creating the Maroc shoot

08:11
37

Photographing sand dunes

04:09
38

Photographing Moroccan children

10:42
39

Advice on making portraits

10:12
40

How to be alert to finding photographs

07:36
41

Making a portrait of Mike Tyson

02:40
42

Creating intense colour in a photograph

03:05
43

Portraits of rap stars and a Golden Boy

08:40
44

Photographing Jack Nicholson

04:21
45

Creating a portrait of David Cronenberg

02:14
46

How to light only using two $10 bulbs

07:30
47

Studio fashion set up 4

10:48
48

Studio session with a model. The geography of a face

13:05
49

Look inside the picture

02:57
50

Creating memorability in an image

02:54
51

Combining nudes and landscapes

04:52
52

A perfect print

07:51
53

The business side of things

06:51
54

Conclusion and farewell

03:55

Lesson Info

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)

Ratings and Reviews

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 Class...next 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.

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