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Making Pictures For A Living

Steve McCurry

Masters of Photography

Steve McCurry

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25. Making Pictures For A Living

Lesson Info

Making Pictures For A Living

(gentle music) After college I wanted to make my living as a photographer but I had no idea, no conception of how difficult it would be to earn my living making pictures. It takes a lot of work, a lot of time, it almost becomes a lifestyle. Your whole life ends up, your whole life becomes devoted to your work. So if you do want to make your living making pictures, just be aware that it's really difficult, it takes a lot of time, a lot of effort. In some cases it works out, but you have to be aware of the amount of effort and time that it takes to accomplish this. I think the most important thing to know if you wanna make your living as a photographer, is to photograph, make pictures. It seems simple, seems obvious, but too many people spend their time on the phone, but if you wanna make your living as a photographer, photograph, photograph every day. This should become a part of your life. The most important thing is to photograph what inspires you, what interests you, what you want ...

to learn about. So I would encourage you to go out and be curious about the world that we live in. (woman speaks in foreign language) Take chances, take risks, push your limits, meet people, talk to people, become one with the street. I hope some of the principles we've talked about here are useful to you in your photography. I would encourage you to go out and explore the world, be curious, and see where your photography leads you. (gentle music swells)

Class Description

Steve McCurry has been one of the most important voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. Masters of Photography is bringing Steve’s class to CreativeLive to share the learnings from his iconic career. Steve will teach how to:

  • Find a subject to photograph
  • How to shoot in all types of weather condition
  • Understand the light at different times of day
  • Improve your compositional skills
  • Blend into the environment so that you can capture impactful street images
  • Use his 8 key tips in order to capture the best portraits

Watch and learn with Steve as you accompany him through the fishing villages of Portugal and in the vibrant streets of Havana. See for yourself how he creates images, as he shares ideas and experiences, and explains how to make great photographs. Steve will also suggest some projects for you to try for yourself.

You can use any device from camera phone to’s all about the image and storytelling.

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Adriana L-G

For me this is not a class, is more the photographer talking about his photos and his experience. It is a little repetitive but I enjoyed. From Masters of Photography I loved Joel Meyerowitz's class and I recommend it strongly. In case you need to choose.