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Cristina Mittermeier, Mitty, is hailed as one of the most influential conservation photographers of our time. Her work focuses on Photography that reveals the important relationship between human cultures, indigenous people and biodiversity, the ocean and climate change.

In over 8 hours of content, Cristina teaches the essential skills for conservation photography. You will access and unlock the mindset of a conservation photographer, and immerse yourself in storytelling through collaborations with local communities. Access a lifetime of knowledge, discover the significance of capturing cultural traditions and session preparation methods. No matter what level you are, Cristina’s teachings offer invaluable insights and tools for elevating one’s craft in the Art of “Photography with a Purpose”.

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  • Over 8 hours of content
  • Live Q&As
  •  Suitable for all levels

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Learn the art of photography with a purpose and join Cristina Mittermeier in her mission to create change

Over 8 hours of content!

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In over 8 hours of action packed episodes, Cristina guides us through every part of her image making process.

  • Developing a skillset – Cristina reveals her essential skillsets for creating impactful storytelling.
  • Day of the Dead – We see step by step how this incredible self-assignment in Mexico is created.
  • Composition – Rules are made to be broken…but first, what are the rules and how can you develop them?
  • Environmental Portraiture – How to best approach strangers to get a portrait 
  • How to be a conservation Photographer – Forming conservation groups to use images to effect change
  • 6 Wedges Construct – Find out how to use this important ethos in your photography stories
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Masterclass
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  • The 45 episodes of the MasterclassThe Masterclass includes 45 incredible episodes with subtitles available in 6 languages.
  • Unlimited accessThere is no time limit to the access of the course. You can take as long as it takes to complete. Watch as many times as you like and whenever you like.
  • Access Cristina's private Facebook groupGet access to our exclusive community though our Facebook Private Group. This group will allow you to collaborate, network, ask questions and find answers to photographic questions. Get discounts and amazing prizes.
  • Bonus & behind the scenes episodesGet exclusive and instructive bonus episodes.
  • Attend a private 'Ask Me Anything' live webinar with CristinaYour chance to ask your questions directly to Cristina.
  • Recording of the”Ask Me Anything“Recording of the live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session.
  • Access an exclusive photo competition judged by Cristina to win a Sony a7R V and a 24-70 GM lensFirst prize: The Sony a7 camera package – Second Prize: A free Masters of Photography masterclass of your choice – Third Prize: A Masters of Photography Discovery course of your choice .

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Masterclass
USD $249 $199This price is indicated in USD and will be converted to your local currency at checkout.

  • The 45 episodes of the MasterclassThe Masterclass includes 45 incredible episodes with subtitles available in 6 languages.
  • Unlimited accessThere is no time limit to the access of the course. You can take as long as it takes to complete. Watch as many times as you like and whenever you like.
  • Access Cristina's private Facebook groupGet access to our exclusive community though our Facebook Private Group. This group will allow you to collaborate, network, ask questions and find answers to photographic questions. Get discounts and amazing prizes.
  • Bonus & behind the scenes episodesGet exclusive and instructive bonus episodes.
  • Recording of the”Ask Me Anything“Recording of the live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session.

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USD $199 $159This price is indicated in USD and will be converted to your local currency at checkout.

  • The 45 episodes of the MasterclassThe Masterclass includes 45 incredible episodes with subtitles available in 6 languages.
  • Unlimited accessThere is no time limit to the access of the course. You can take as long as it takes to complete. Watch as many times as you like and whenever you like.
  • Access Cristina's private Facebook groupGet access to our exclusive community though our Facebook Private Group. This group will allow you to collaborate, network, ask questions and find answers to photographic questions. Get discounts and amazing prizes.

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Episodes

The Masterclass

45 episodes – Over 8 hours of learning.

1. Introduction
Embark on your photographic journey with your master: Cristina Mittermeier. In this opening episode, Cristina unveils the course roadmap, shares insights into upcoming lessons, and unveils her dynamic teaching methods—setting the stage for an immersive exploration of the art and impact of photography.
2. How My Photography Started
Trace Cristina's photographic origins in this captivating lesson. Delve into her initial steps, discover how she honed her craft, turned her camera into a funding source for expeditions, and forged a portfolio and philosophy towards her work.
3. Creating a Self-Assignment
Cristina unravels the origins and significance of the Mexican tradition—Day of the Dead. Prepare for your next assignment as she guides you through the intricacies of capturing the essence of this rich cultural celebration, setting the stage for a compelling photographic exploration.
4. Building a Conservation Story: The Fishermen
Immerse yourself in the philosophy behind Cristina's collaboration with local fishermen. Witness a sunrise shoot capturing the essence of Mexican fishermen at sea, as Cristina imparts insights into the art of storytelling through photography.
5. Composition Part 1 (of 4)
Cristina highlights the significance of composition in photography. She advocates for techniques like avoiding centering the subject, utilizing grids, creating tension, and leveraging emotions through placement, angles, and gestures. The ultimate essence lies in observing, simplifying, and leading the eye to what truly matters in a composition.
6. How to Be a Conservation Photographer
Unlock the mindset essential for a conservation photographer as Cristina introduces you to Orgcas, one of her cherished conservation groups. Explore their impactful work and learn how aligning with such organizations can amplify your photographic endeavors.
7. Advice to My Younger Self
Join Cristina on a reflective journey as she shares the pearls of wisdom and lessons gleaned from her early photography ventures. Gain invaluable insights and principles that will smoothen your path as you navigate the evolving terrain of your own photographic adventure.
8. Day of the Dead: Creating La Llorona
Dive into the intricacies of crafting an iconic portrait in its natural setting with Cristina. From concept inception to meticulous execution, follow her journey as she reveals the key steps to capturing compelling and visually striking portraits by the sea.
9. Building your Skillset
Uncover the essential skills for conservation photography as Cristina reveals her career-crafted skills, from building impactful networks to infusing powerful language and storytelling. She guides us through her methods for success as both a businesswoman and conservationist. Elevate your craft with the indispensable tools fueling Cristina's impactful career.
10. Making a Portrait in Oaxaca
Join Cristina on location in an ancient Oaxaca monastery as she captures stunning daylight portraits of a woman in traditional dress. Get real-time insights through her lens, focusing on composition and perfect lighting. Learn her expert tips and try her techniques for your own portrait sessions!
11. My Essential Books Part 1
Step into Cristina’s library as she reveals the key books guiding her photography career. From the thrilling adventures igniting her passion for oceanic exploration, to works made by her heroes in photography and conservation, that opened her eyes to the issues she’s committed to solving. This lesson will inspire you to hit the books, refine your style and align it with the cause.
12. My Essential Books Part 2
Dive back into Mitty’s essential books. Here you will learn further lessons in storytelling, photography and meet the people who helped shape Cristinas philosophy towards her work. This lesson equips you with the insights to elevate your photography and guides you to understand the true power that your photos have to effect change in the world.
13. The 6 Wedges Construct
If you’re aiming to take purpose driven photographs, this is the lesson for you. Cristina explains her self-appointed guidelines and the importance of photography as a tool for change. You’ll take away an ideological framework that helps set your photographic goals leading to the right stories to tell and the best ways to tell them.
14. Day of the Dead Sessions in Oaxaca
Join Cristina in beautiful Oaxaca, where she runs you through her process for taking stunning portraits. offering a firsthand glimpse into the art of creating visually striking and emotionally resonant portraits. Learn the skills that will elevate your portrait photography skills to another level.
15. The Most Asked Questions
How do you become a National Geographic photographer? In this lesson, Cristina will uncover the mysteries of her photography career by answering her most asked questions. You will gain invaluable insights and walk away with a checklist of tips and tricks that will illuminate your path to success.
16. The Director's Q&A with Cristina
Director Chris Ryan asks Cristina his burning questions. Hear her honest insights on fear, rejection, musical inspirations, current reads, and future explorations. Learn valuable tips on working safely around wild animals and discover more you didn’t know about Cristina, including the surprising animal that triggers her phobia.
17. Sacred Ecology Part 1
Join Cristina as she discusses a fundamental aspect that underlines her work with indigenous peoples around the world. Meet the last people who are truly connected to nature, and learn how to tell their story in an honest and respectful way that benefits and empowers them.
18. Sacred Ecology Part 2
Crisitina shares with you more lessons learnt from years of working alongside indigenous communities. Follow the stories of revival that indigenous cultures are undergoing, and build upon the importance of amplifying the voices of the marginalized. Learn to protect their way of life through impactful storytelling and generate change through your lens.
19. Creating Portraits in an Ocotlan Market
Walk alongside Cristina in the bustling markets of Oaxaca, where she teaches how to approach strangers and take beautiful portraits. This lesson is your key to unlocking authentic real-world portraits that will break through the noise and captivate your audience.
20. Composition Part 2 (of 4): Focal Length and Bokeh
In the second part of this lesson, Cristina takes you through the many ways focal length can make a photograph captivating and unique. Learn practical tips and techniques that you will take with you throughout your life as a photographer.
21. Composition Part 3 (of 4): Cropping an Image
Keeping 'clean' spaces in your images is an essential lesson. Ideal for editorial use, Cristina guides you in capturing photos with purpose and using cropping to enhance your visual storytelling. Learn the skill of eliminating distractions and focusing on what truly matters in your narrative.
22. Composition Part 4 (of 4): Juxtaposition
In the third and final part of this lesson, delve into the art of juxtaposition with Cristina. Learn how to skillfully blend subjects and surroundings to capture photos rich in contrast, humor, and narrative depth. Elevate your storytelling prowess as Cristina guides you through creating images that resonate with compelling stories.
23. Black & White or Colour?
Should your image be in vivid colour or timeless monochrome? Cristina teaches you the fundamental elements for choosing between black and white or colour in your photography. Learn the factors to consider and gain insights into when each choice can elevate your visual storytellin
24. Setting Up Your Photography Business
Dive into the entrepreneurial world of photography in this crucial episode. Cristina provides invaluable insights into setting up your photography business. From crafting a compelling brand to navigating the business landscape, learn the essential steps to establish a successful venture.
25.Tips and Advice to Help “The Photography Hustle”
Get your notepad ready, this lesson will go over the fundamentals of hustling as a photographer and the important hills you’ll need to climb to get to the top. You’ll learn the skills that will get your name in the spotlight and turn your passion into profit.
26. The Path to Becoming a Photographer
Discover Cristina’s path to becoming a photographer and what she suggests we all should look out for in the journey to becoming a photographer. She offers insight and learning into her creative roots and exactly what she suggests to give you a vision as an artist photographer.
27 The Importance of Research
Before your shoot, understand key research aspects. Let Cristina guide your planning. With her tips, your current equipment is likely enough to capture stunning images. Follow her steps to prepare and use it effectively.
28.  My Influences and Finding your Own North Star
Cristina shares the photographers who have shaped her work and continue to inspire her. Discover how to find your guiding star in reason and philosophy to enhance your photography every time you pick up your camera.
29. Engaging with People and Animals
Want to get up close to people or animals in your shots? Cristina shares her top tips for both, teaching you how to ask the right questions and stay curious while respecting boundaries.
30. Portrait Session: Carmen & the Iguana
Cristina loves photographing people with animals. Watch her in action as she chooses backgrounds and natural lighting. In a 14th-century Oaxaca monastery, she captures a woman with an iguana, echoing Graciela Iturbide’s style. Learn real-time how she creates striking portraits, inspired by her famous 'Lady with the Goose.'
31. How to Improve your Visual Storytelling
Unlock storytelling secrets with Cristina’s expert guidance. Learn to enhance your skills and captivate your audience by creating and composing engaging narratives that shape a compelling photo story.
32. Photographing the Guelaguetza
In this dynamic live lesson, shadow Cristina as she guides you through photographing the Guelaguetza, an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico featuring vibrant dances. Enjoy the spectacle while learning Cristina's techniques for capturing its essence.
33. What is in the Camera Bag?
Cristina reveals her refined photography setup, showcasing her essential above-water gear. Discover what she uses in the field and get tips on best practices for your equipment and shooting techniques.
34. Preparing to Photograph Wildlife
In this episode, discover how Cristina prepares for her wildlife photography.
35. Key Tips for Photographing Underwater
Underwater photography, while exhilarating, is highly challenging. Dive into the depths with Cristina as she shares the ins and outs of her underwater setup and provides a checklist of tips and tricks to take with you beneath the waves.
36. My Underwater Photography Techniques
Combining photography of people, nature, and underwater scenes requires diverse tools, with your camera being the constant. Setting up underwater involves specialized housings and strobes. Cristina shares her techniques.
37. The Magic of Underwater Photography
Growing up in a small Mexican mountain town, Cristina never envisioned an oceanic adventure life. Diving into the cold, dark waters reveals a mesmerizing, spooky underwater world. The dance of herring and orcas, the secrets of mangroves, and the thrill of photographing marine life make every dive a new, breathtaking mystery.
38. The Story Behind My Favourite Underwater Photographs
Join Cristina as she revisits her favorite underwater photos, explaining the how and why behind each shot. Gain valuable stories and techniques to enhance your own photography, both above and below the waves.
39. Using Light to Help Your Visual Storytelling
Photography is the art of capturing light. In this lesson, Cristina will teach you various strategic techniques to use light effectively in your own work.
40. Developing Your Photographic Style
How do you develop an iconic personal style? Cristina shares her insights and experiences, teaching you to craft a unique look, recognize positive steps, and navigate potential pitfalls. Unlock and shape your distinct visual identity with this lesson.
41. The Day of the Dead: the Parade
Cristina returns to her home country, Mexico, to photograph Oaxaca's vibrant Day of the Dead parade. In this lesson, stick by her side as she navigates the bustling parade, capturing lively events. Learn the keys to photographing dynamic scenes and staying focused in a chaotic environment.
42. Developing a Philosophy for Your work
Discover the ethos and philosophy behind Cristina’s impactful work. Learn to develop a mindset that guides you in creating photographs with a positive impact.
43.The Day of the Dead: the Oaxaca Cemetery
Honoring the departed is central to Mexico's Day of the Dead ceremonies. Capturing the candlelit cemetery scenes is essential to this story. In this lesson, Cristina will teach you how to take extraordinary photographs that weave together to tell a compelling narrative.
44. Don't Leave Home Without
Embarking on an expedition? Learn from Cristina the essentials of packing for photography trips. She shares her system, how she prioritise the gear selection, how to simplify it and how to pack for all scenarios.
45. Farewell
Thank you for joining this photography course! Photography is a powerful tool to change the world and Cristina gives a few last words of encouragment. Please can keep in touch with her on Instagram: @mitty!

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ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

​​For the first time Cristina Mittermeier, who pioneered the concept and field of conservation photography, shares all she has learned over her illustrious career. Her photography focuses on demonstrating the important relationship between human cultures, indigenous people and biodiversity, the ocean and climate change.
In her Masterclass you’ll learn how to take powerful images that help us understand the urgency to protect wild places and to create photography with a purpose. “My work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be human.”
Cristina has a degree in Biochemical Engineering in Marine Sciences and attended the Fine Art Photography program at the Corcoran College for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and co-founded SeaLegacy, a non-profit organization using strategic communications to protect and rewild the ocean. She is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and her work has been published in hundreds of prominent magazines, including National Geographic and TIME. She was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year in 2018.

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What is Masters of Photography?

Masters of Photography is an education platform and a resource for photographers. Our courses (the masterclasses and discovery classes) are for anyone who wants to learn from some of the most highly regarded and influential photographers in the world in order to elevate their own photography. If you want to learn why not learn from the best? The Masters themselves study the works of the greats.

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All you need is a camera, whether that be a DSLR or a smartphone. 

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The classes provide you with lifetime access to the ethos and photographic philosophies of true master photographers. You will learn how they approach their work, the techniques they use and their tips for elevating your own photography.

When you join a class, you will be able discuss the lessons with your fellow students. You will also be able to upload your images to the Photostream and receive feedback from the Masters of Photography community.

After you finish your class, you will receive a digital Certificate of Completion.

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