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Follow Your Curiosity

Joel Meyerowitz

Masters of Photography

Joel Meyerowitz

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Lesson Info

25. Follow Your Curiosity

Lesson Info

Follow Your Curiosity

(gentle music with prominent bassline) Sometimes you find yourself in a courtyard, or a church, or a university, some interior space that just calls you. You're on the street but somehow you're drawn into the interior, so what's there? How do you make an interesting photograph for yourself? I love the color of this place, which drew me in. I'm getting a hit from here and a hit from here, which means some instinct is saying to me, "Joel, pay attention to this." When I look over here, I see quite an odd and possibly interesting subject. There are stacks of chairs. They must have had a concert or a graduation here. These stacks of modern chairs leaning against an old door invite me to go in close to take a look at them. I have no idea if there's a photograph or not, but some impulse says go there, so I'm going there. So look in here, come with me. (shutter clicks) This is a beautiful space. This long hallway, and up on top, just under the arch, there are lots of shields from the past. I...

have no idea what they're about, but those shields and these chairs, these stacks of chairs, they're like some kind of fantasy robot from some sci-fi movie, something about the organization of the chairs, the stacking, and the formal doorway that's being closed and these objects up above, make it interesting to me. And there's even a great ending. At the end of the row there's a statue, a beautiful female statue, it may be an angel. And the statue is doing something like this. So there's a little detail at the end of all these chairs and there's modern chairs laid out over there. So this is a picture about chairs. Chairs has become the subject out of nothing, only because I had an impulse to come in here. I'm making this, I make this interesting by saying yes to it. Yes these chairs are interesting enough to spend a few minutes trying to build a photograph. (shutter clicks) (shutter clicks) (shutter clicks) (shutter clicks) That's interesting, but come over here, because I caught sight of something else. Here we are in a beautifully decorated interior, painted ceilings, a beautiful marble doorway, but in this old 18th century or 17th century building, is a modern elevator and a little vestibule lit by fluorescent light. And somehow to see that against all of this makes for a kind of counterpoint, an interesting counterpoint. It says something about time and history. So I'm gonna make a photograph here because I think it's, the color is really interesting to me. That particular yellow with fluorescent light is gonna have it's own color space in it. It's just my curiosity calling me to come in and have a look interiors are very interesting things to deal with. Maybe there's an interesting photograph here, I don't know. (shutter clicks)

Class Description

Internationally renowned and award winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz is known for his iconic images that encompass decades of capturing all genres of photographs. Masters of Photography is bringing Joel’s class to CreativeLive to share the learnings from his vast career.

You’ll learn:

  • How to find a subject to photograph
  • How to improve your compositional skills
  • How to determine correct lighting
  • How to print your images and also create a photo book

Walk with Joel through picturesque Tuscany, bustling Siena and the vibrant streets of New York as he shows you how he creates his photographs. He will shares ideas, experiences, and his secrets on how to make great images. Joel will also suggest ideas for projects to try yourself. You can use any device from camera phone to DSLR, but in the end it’s all about you and your photography.



I have an all access pass and thought oh no, I have to pay for this one? I bit the bullet and I am so glad I did. Joel has a great deal of wisdom and experience because of his age. BUT, despite his age, he exudes a fountain of enthusiasm, playfulness, curiousity and constant wonder surrounding his subjects. He opened within me the possibilities of exploring different photographic subjects and allowing myself to experience the fun in pursuit of those subjects. I love the way he shows how someone can take the same ho hum scene, but then look around for a different point of view. He is indeed a Master and I thank Joel for the class.


This is a absulutely fantastic class. Joel Meyerowitz takes you on an journey of little but important advices. In each short video you got some jewels to improve your approach, your view and your art. I own a lot of classes here on CL, but this one is one of my favourits! Gentle and human. Thank you Joel Meyerowitz, you helped me a lot on my journey to develop my photography.

Cosmin Dolha

What do you do after you learn all the mechanics, the technical stuff, exposure triangle, lights, where do you start? Because I am starting, now! You will find encouragement and guidance, and real applicable wisdom. If you are new to photography as I am, this course will point you in the right direction. What a treasure! Thank you CreativeLive for this and thank you Joel Meyerowitz for taking such a gentle approach to such a complicated subject, that is photography.