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What you get


One of the most successful art, celebrity and fashion photographers in the world, Albert has shot over 200 covers for Vogue and Rolling Stone magazine

  • 6.5 hours of intimate lessons with Albert
  • 54 lessons packed with tips and tricks
  • Personalised certificate
  • Watch on any device
  • Lifetime access
  • Learn at your own pace
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“Albert Watson’s master class is one of those rare occasions when a wildly successful, established professional is willing to provide a look into his creative process. What I especially enjoyed about the course was seeing the development of the visual concept, a complete overview of his approach to lighting, and then to capturing a genuine moment!

Jay Matthews

“This is really several courses rolled into one. With 54 video lessons, it covers portraiture, advertising, lighting, landscape, still life, finding projects and more. Albert is a natural, thoughtful and engaging guide who easily shares his experience and expertise. It would be hard to go through this course without it planting several seeds to strengthen your photography.

Richard Sambrook


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In the course, Albert Watson covers all of his iconic photography including his portraiture, landscapes, still life, fashion, beauty and nude work. Albert shares all the methods and techniques learned in his expansive career.


You can use any device from a camera phone to a DSLR.


Albert reveals everything he has learned over 40 years of making photographs.

  • Learn how he creates unique portraits, landscapes and still life images.
  • Find out where he looks for inspiration, how to approach all types of photography
  • Discover how to light a portrait with everyday lightbulbs
  • See how Albert works on his images in post production
  • And much more ….

It’s not about what camera to use, it’s all about how to see and develop ideas, concepts and narrative to make stunning photographs.


Albert Watson is a Scottish photographer renowned for his art, celebrity and fashion photography. Photo District News named Albert one of the most influential photographers of all time.

Over his 40 year career his work has appeared in and on the covers of countless numbers of magazines. He has created advertising campaigns, shot posters for Hollywood movies, directed TV commercials and in the midst of all this, found time to work on personal projects that have resulted in some of the greatest photography books. He has photographed everyone from Royals and Presidents to rock stars and rappers. Much of his work is now featured in museums and galleries all over the world.


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lesson plan

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01 Meet your Master

Albert welcomes you to his course. Run time: 01min 26sec

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02 Learn from the journey

You will learn how to use your passion and dedication to get to where you want in photography. Albert explains to us how his own journey developed from early days in Scotland to creating the biggest photography studio in LA, and then establishing his studio in New York. Run time: 15min 24sec

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03 Using inspirations

Albert teaches you how to use inspiration from your past and present to form you work. Learn his tips on the relationship between technique and creativity, and how to create work that shows your own personality. Run time: 08min 43sec

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04 Photography is stopping time

Learn from Albert how he discovered his passion for photography and how to apply his “stopping time” ethos to your own work. Run time: 09min 27sec

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05 Albert’s library of ideas

Join Albert in his own library where he shows you which books and artists he suggests you look at and study for inspiration and motivation. He also reveals his tip for buying inexpensive photography references. Run time: 08min 30sec

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06 Tips on preparing for a portrait shoot

Albert teaches you how to work with your subjects to get a great portrait shot. Learn his tips for putting people at ease when they are in front of your camera. Run time: 12min 10sec

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07 Setting up the studio

Learn to control the shooting environment. Learn how Albert begins to set up a studio session. Albert shows you how he begins to approach a portrait session in the studio. Run time: 4min 56sec

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08 Understanding studio collaboration

Albert teaches you about his different types of work ranging from test shoots to editorial shoots and advertising shoots. He explains his thoughts and techniques to help you understand how to make each a success. Run time: 07min 35sec

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09 The importance of casting and hair & make-up

Albert teaches you the importance of communication between yourself and a team. Albert also explains his tips on working with hair and make up to create a look. Run time: 08min 59sec

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10 Foreground studio set up

You will learn how Albert moves out from behind the camera while setting up for a shoot. He shows you how to look at your light from a variety of perspectives. Run time: 08min 46sec

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11 Studio session with a model – set up 1

Learn how to work with your subject. A unique insight, Watch and learn Albert working in the studio, explaining his thoughts and showing us exactly how he shoots. Run time: 11min 24sec

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12 Studio session with a model – set up 2

Learn how Albert creates his iconic beauty shots. See and listen to Albert as he explains his thought processes when creating this type of shot. Run time: 5min 55sec

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13 Studio session with a model – set up 3

Albert teaches you another of his lighting techniques. Watch and learn as Albert explains exactly how he creates a beautiful portrait. Run time: 08min 01sec

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14 Picking the best shot

Albert discusses and shows you his techniques for selecting the best shot from a shoot. Run time: 03min 36sec

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15 Working with photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how Albert uses post production to further refine his images. Run time: 13min 14sec

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16 Creating a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock

Discover the idea and thought process behind Albert’s iconic image of Alfred Hitchcock and what it was like to photograph one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Run time: 04min 18se

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17 The gigantic question… Colour or black and white?

Which should you use? Albert explains his own ideas to you on how and why you might use one or the other. Run time: 07min 55sec

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18 One day with Kate Moss

Albert explains his ideas and how he created his iconic images during a day photographing Kate Moss. Run time: 05min 06sec

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19 Learn to have your ideas ready

Albert encourages you to have faith in your own creative instincts and how to always think creativity to persuade a client toward agreeing to your photographic ideas. Run time: 06min 14sec

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20 Using Polariods

Discover ways to go back and create projects and new images from your older work. Albert shows us the technique he used to create his iconic Running Man image. Run time: 06min 29sec

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21 Creating beautiful photographs of hands

Learn to appreciate the expressive nature of photographing hands. Albert explains some his most defining hand shots. Run time: 04min 45sec

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22 Controlling natural light

Discover Albert’s tips on how to make the most of natural light and how Albert controls it in his images. Run time: 05min 38sec

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23 Shooting a monkey with a gun

Albert teaches you to always be on the look-out for new projects, and to recognise the power of conceptual thinking. Learn how monkey and a gun came to be created. Run time: 06min 27sec

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24 Choosing your format

In this lesson you will learn about formats. Albert describes different examples from various formats he has used as guidance, discover tips on how to use each type of format and his camera of choice. Run time: 07min 13sec

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25 Composition and lens

Get tips and suggestions on which lens to use and when. Albert gives you his thoughts on using the compositional elements available to you in order to produce a better photograph. Run time: 04min 47sec

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26 Shooting landscapes. The Isle of Skye

Albert teaches us how for him, its essential to raise landscape photography above the “picture postcard” shot and give the images more meaning. Albert explains the approach to his Scottish landscape series of images, one of his most unique, personal projects. Run time: 15min 18sec

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27 Planning and ideas for a landscape shoot

Albert details for you how he carefully prepared for his Isle of Skye project: taking care to be as organised as possible, whilst also remaining open to taking advantage of the unexpected. Run time: 06min 32sec

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28 Creating still life images

From shooting bed pans in L.A., to photographing Tutankhamen’s possessions, Elvis Presley’s iconic gold ensemble, and Neil Armstrong’s space suit. Albert teaches you to persevere in the face of difficulty, and to always inject your still lifes with meaning. Run time: 13min 48sec

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29 Photographing the Lost Diary

Albert shows you how one simple idea can blossom into the creation of true art. An entire advertising campaign was based on his magical concept: that of an intergalactic anthropologist’s photographic diary, depicting tribes on earth 30,000 years ago. Discover how he brought this unique vision to life. Run time: 10min 53sec

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30 Shooting album covers

This lesson we go behind the scenes of a shoot with musician Sade. Albert reveals how he produced her beautiful Love Deluxe album cover, and how important it is to make your subject feel comfortable on set. Run time: 03min 09sec

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31 The Strip Search Project

Albert tells you how he prepared and created this immense project. He suggests ways for you to create projects and images that document your own corner of the world in images. Run time: 10min 28sec

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32 Shooting Las Vegas landscapes

Albert tells you how he prepared for the Las Vegas project, how he approached and shot his landscapes there. He passes on to you how the difficulties he faced helped him, and will help you, to develop as a photographer. Run time: 08min 24sec

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33 Photographing Breaunna

Albert tells you how to always be alert to chance encounters. He tells you how he met and was inspired by Breaunna. He explains how some of his most recognisable Strip Search photographs of her were created . Run time: 07min 21sec

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34 Balancing daylight, God bless America

Find out why Albert stopped to shoot a bill board. His serendipitous discovery reaffirms his main piece of advice: always remain “switched on”. Run time: 03min 45sec

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35 Creating the Maroc Project

Learn how Albert put together his exquisite Maroc book. You will be inspired to create your own projects and to look for potential in every aspect of a project, giving added meaning to your photographs. Run time: 10min 21sec

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36 Creating the Maroc shoot

Albert describes his own, personal methods and ethos in creating the Maroc project. Find out what equipment he used, how he documented his journey, and what he shot to create this iconic book. Run time: 08min 11sec

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How did Albert capture the breathtaking, rippling sand dunes of Laayoune, Morocco? Find out as Albert encourages you to be innovative; to always strive to add something new and different to scenes photographed by others before you. Run time: Run time: 04min 09sec

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38 Photographing Moroccan children

Preparation is not the death of spontaneity. Albert explains some his most breathtaking, impromptu shots of children in Morocco, Albert shows you how he suggests you intertwine careful planning and impulsivity to ensure you never miss your shot. Run time: 10min 42sec

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39 Advice on making portraits

Learn from Albert that the way you communicate with those you’re photographing is always visible in a shot. In this lesson Albert suggests tips to capture your perception of a subject into a single picture. Run time: 10min 12sec

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40 How to be alert to finding photographs

Learn to take advantage of chance situations and moments. Listen to Albert reveal how some of his most famous photographs were created by remaining flexible and alert to what you are seeing around you. Run time: 07min 35sec

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41 Making a portrait of Mike Tyson

Albert delves into the inspiration behind his famous Mike Tyson photograph, reaffirming that preparation before a shoot is often key to transforming your vision into a reality. Run time: 02min 39sec

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42 Creating intense colour in a photograph

Albert creates intense colour in an image. Listen to Albert as he takes you through his preparation process, and the techniques he used to construct one of his most well known images, Red Devil. Run time: 03min 04sec

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43 Portraits of rap stars and a Golden Boy

Discover the relationship between a subject and the camera itself. Legendary Rap stars and Albert’s Golden Boy photograph feature in this lesson. Albert discusses facial geography. Run time: 08min 40sec

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44 Photographing Jack Nicholson

A Jack Nicholson photoshoot for Rolling Stone. Albert explains how the legendary snowy shot came to be, and gives you an insight into how he photographed the iconic actor and filmmaker. Run time: 04min 20sec

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45 Creating a portrait of David Cronenberg

Be inspired to get creative. Ingenuity and inventiveness take centerstage in this lesson as Albert describes how he produced his unique photograph of David Cronenberg for Rolling Stone — the old-fashioned way. Run time: 02min 14sec

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46 How to light only using two $10 bulbs

This is a incredible lesson where Albert demonstrates to you that expensive lighting equipment is by no means a necessity! Discover how to use two $10 bulbs to create a dramatic, high contrast shot. Simply genius. Run time: 07min 29sec

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47 Studio fashion set up 4

See the fashion photography master in action as we watch each step of this shoot. Watch and hear how Albert manages the body language of the model and the simple set up and lighting to create a fashion shot. Run time: 10min 46sec

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48 Studio session with a model. The geography of a face

See how Albert creates art with the profile of a face. Learn how to work the geography of a face with Albert’s simple lighting techniques. Run time: 13min 05sec

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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. Run time: 02min 56sec

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50 Creating memorability in an image

Learn Alberts tips on the skill of quick thinking and analysing your surroundings. Albert uses an example where he used his surroundings to create a unique and surreal shot for Italian Vogue. Run time: 02min 54sec

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51 Combining nudes and landscapes

In this lesson we reveal one of Albert’s very latest projects. Learn as Albert teaches you how he created a stunning series of images by combining nudes with different landscape textures. Run time: 04min 52sec

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52 A perfect print

Albert explains where the passion began for printing his own work and how it has developed. Listen to his overview on how critical it is to print an image on the right type of paper in order to create the perfect print. Run time: 07min 50sec

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53 The business side of things

Learn how Albert runs each aspect of his business. We travel with Albert to one of his exhibitions in Italy where he explains the why and how of the prints on show. Run time: 06min 50sec

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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”. Run time: 03min 55sec


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