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Meet Your Master

Joel Meyerowitz

Masters of Photography

Joel Meyerowitz

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1. Meet Your Master


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1 Meet Your Master Duration:06:33
2 Influences Duration:17:38
3 Looking At Pictures Duration:08:23
4 The Street Is Ours Duration:14:02
5 The Magician's Trick Duration:10:43
6 Aftermath Duration:10:16
7 Composition Duration:07:46
8 Ideas For Composition Duration:13:24
9 Street Photography Duration:04:14
10 Cape Light Duration:14:37
11 Black And White vs Color Duration:07:45
13 Finding Your Subject Duration:06:09
14 Observation Duration:04:41
15 Let Light Be The Subject Duration:11:31
17 Portraiture Duration:09:40
18 Workshop Rachel Duration:14:44
19 Workshop Alex Duration:10:09
20 Workshop Heather Duration:11:19
21 Workshop Olivia Duration:11:21
22 Workshop Steve Duration:11:39
23 Landscape Duration:10:30
24 How To See When You Travel Duration:06:32
25 Follow Your Curiosity Duration:04:34
26 What Is Still Life? Duration:16:44
27 Conversations Between Objects Duration:08:37
28 Lets Make A Still Life Duration:09:38
29 Tuscany - Inside The Light Duration:19:14
31 Make A Print Duration:10:11
32 Everyone Can Make A Book Now Duration:08:20
33 Life As A Photgrapher Duration:10:08
34 Farewell Duration:01:41

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Meet Your Master

(upbeat jazz music) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) Hi. I'm Joel Meyerowitz. Welcome to my course. (upbeat jazz music) You probably ask yourself, "What am I gonna get for this course?" "What am I taking this course for?" I think you're gonna get a lot out of it, because it's about finding your identity. Your identity as an artist and as a human being who is interested in the world around you. You can come with anything that you want to make a photograph. You can have your smart phone or a real camera. I would prefer that you use a real camera so that you aren't thinking about making a phone call while you're making photographs or watching a little video on the Internet (laughs). You know, you don't have to have alike camera to make photographs, but something that feels like a photographic instrument in your hand, gives you a kind of authority. There's a quality of dignity to it. There's a sense of the adv...

enture of photography, because once you have a camera in your hand, you have a license to see. And seeing is what photography is all about. You'll learn about yourself, and you'll learn about the world around you. Photography has taught me, in the 55 years I've been making photographs, everything I know about the world around me and about myself. You know, when I began, (object thumps) I didn't even have a camera. I was an art director at a small agency in New York, and I had designed a little brochure, and my boss hired a photographer to make the photographs for the brochure. And I spent an hour and a half watching this photographer work. I didn't know at the time that he was Robert Frank, one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. (Joel drowns out speaker) But in that hour and a half, the things that he did were so astonishing to me, as simple as they were, that when I left the location and went out on the street, the world was alive to me in a way that I had never experienced before. Every gesture, every incident on the street, seemed to have meaning. And by the time I made my way back to my office, I realized I had to quit my job and follow that immediate instinct I had of wanting to be a photographer and wanting to see the way the world showed itself to me. And when I told my boss, "Harry, I'm gonna quit, because I need to be a photographer." He said, "Do you have a camera?" And I said, "No, I don't." "No, I don't." And he said, "Joel, you need a camera to make photographs." And he loaned me his Pentax camera, and it was the start of a 50-year journey to find my identity and my passion. And you're at the beginning of a journey of your own right now. So come with me, and let's see what we can discover. (upbeat jazz music) You know, I remember being a young photographer and having some having some insecurities about how the work is developing. And I just wanna say to you that that's part of the game. When you're starting out or when you're trying to raise the level of your game as an artist, there's always some doubt. I wanna urge you to accept that I wanna urge you to accept that and move ahead, and move ahead, because the photographs are the touchstones that keep giving you information and confidence. And part of the way this course will develop will be to help you to arrive at a kind of confidence and magnitude. and magnitude, a way of expressing yourself through photography, because it's an incredible medium because it's an incredible medium for reflecting for reflecting the power of your ideas and your observations. You know, photography is about looking at the world You know, photography is about looking at the world and seeing in the world just the pieces of it that make you feel like you're connected to it. It's not the kind of humdrum stuff all around you. It's those moments of instinct and observation and observation and recognition. and recognition. It really is about awareness. So, have no doubts. You're a conscious thinking person. You have passions and feelings about things. Trust that. Trust that. And go for it. Don't hesitate. Because in photography, hesitation is lost. is lost. And every picture you lose is like a wound. I know. I've lost a few myself, and I've learned from those. So, have the confidence to just try anything. So, what I'm really saying to you is instinct and impulse, as soon as it arises, react, do it, go for the picture. react, do it, go for the picture. Don't think too much. Let the intuitive, physical part of your being, your body and your brain join in that moment, your body and your brain join in that moment, and you'll make a photograph of something that is disappearing right in front of you, 'cause that's what photography does. It tears a little piece of time out of the whole flow of time. And that piece is identified just with you.

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.