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Masters of Photography

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Look inside the picture

Albert Watson

Masters of Photography

Albert Watson

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49. Look inside the picture
Albert gives suggestions on how to progress and review your photography. Find out his tips on how to look "inside" the picture.


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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

Lesson Info

Look inside the picture

(slow piano music) You have to learn to look inside your photos. You have to really put a magnifying glass on your photos. I think I said before that when I first really started out shooting, I would take a picture on a Monday that looked absolutely... I was convinced that it was the equivalent to the Sistine Chapel. And then on Tuesday the film would come back and I would be slightly disappointed and then I would look at it again on Wednesday and then kind of throw it out. So one of the things I began early on to analyze is what was the breakdown here between my brain and analyzing pictures and so on. And of course, a lot of times technical ability did let me down at the beginning. So I had a vision in my head of a shot and I just didn't have enough experience to carry that out. But of course, your photography will get better the more you do it. The more you shoot, you get better. If you shoot two pictures a day, and it's about quality, not quantity, but certainly in the beginning, ...

you wanna be shooting 100 pictures a day, you wanna keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting. So analyzing the picture, put it on a wall, stare at it, go to sleep looking at it, and then when you wake up in the morning have another look at it. And then put it in a drawer, then pull it out a week later. Because great photography has to stand the test of time. An image that you took, once you get older, an image that you took 20 years ago has to look just as, you should be proud to put it in a book or in a gallery show today, even though it's 20 years old. Basically, concentrating on your photography, looking for art all the time, pressurizing yourself to be better and better and better. And it has to be a parallel journey. I agree that technique is important, but you should try and develop technique in an artistic way, not just reading about the latest gear. You should be, how do I put this, how can I use this new piece of equipment in an artistic way to make my pictures stronger and more memorable? (slow piano 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"


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