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Learn from the bestselling fine art photographer


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The bestselling fine-art photographer teaches you to create unique images that grab and hold the attention. Discover his relentless desire to improve and the will to stretch boundaries in the pursuit of excellence.

  • Over 7 hours of lessons with David
  • 58 lessons packed with tips and tricks
  • Personalised certificate
  • Watch on any device
  • Lifetime access
  • Learn at your own pace
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The course is suitable for all levels of experience, anyone who wants to take better photos.


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


You’ll follow David on location around the world as he gets incredibly close to his subjects in the wild and, when really too dangerous, uses remote-controlled cameras. You’ll learn how this allows him to hone in on the 2 great principles that define his photography: compositional tightness and eye contact, with the eyes being the “windows of the soul”.

Discover how David has mastered the process of creating unique images of wildlife and people that grab and hold the attention. David will show you how to achieve amazing perspective by capturing shots that look up at the animal from the ground – David’s signature angle – thereby creating stunning, evocative and immersive photographs.

Most importantly you’ll learn David’s underlying photographic philosophy: the relentless desire to improve and the will to stretch boundaries in the pursuit of excellence.


David Yarrow is one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world, as well as a conservationist and an author. His limited edition black and white photographs documenting wildlife, the natural world or “tableaux” staging of people and animals regularly sell out.

David is a Nikon ambassador in Europe and an ambassador and creative partner for Land Rover. In the field of conservation he is an ambassador for WildArk, Wild-Aid, The Kevin Richardson Foundation and is on the advisory board of Tusk.



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01 Introduction

Meet your master. David Yarrow is one of the best selling fine art photographers in the world as well as a conservationist and an author. His limited print edition black and white photographs documenting wildlife and staged work regularly sell out. (04min 32sec + downloadable study sheet)

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02 Early beginnings 

Find out about David’s famous Maradona photograph at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He talks about his early beginnings as a sports photographer, and the need to be tenacious and passionate. (14min 59sec + downloadable study sheet)

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03 Pin sharp

Focus is incredibly important in photography, it can either deliberately include or it can deliberately exclude elements in a photograph. (02min 41sec + downloadable study sheet)

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04 Follow your instincts 

Discover David’s unique journey from banker to $1bn hedge fund owner to passionate fine-art and wildlife photographer. (06min 06sec + downloadable study sheet)

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05 Photographing Skijoring

Follow David on a horse skijoring shoot in snowy Montana. David walks us through his thinking: from what story to tell and how to tell it, to the lens selection and how to work with the light. (08min 17sec + downloadable study sheet)

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06 Research and preparation

What goes into a photo? Find out how much time David spends on research and preparation compared to shooting. (03min 24sec + downloadable study sheet)

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07 Photographing King Penguins on South Georgia

David explains his approach to photographing thousands of King Penguins on South Georgia and what he is trying to achieve in the shot. (10min 39sec + downloadable study sheet)

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08 Getting the Yellowstone canvas right 

David discusses his research for photographing bison in the middle of the winter in Yellowstone National Park. 05sec 39sec + downloadable study sheet)

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09 Using cameras and remotes

David covers the use of remote controls and his preference for working in manual mode. (08min 10sec + downloadable study sheet)

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10 Photographing Bison in Yellowstone

David explains how he took his great bison photos: American Idol, Ice Age and Forest Grump. (14min 39sec + downloadable study sheet)

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11 The Wolf of Main Street

The day is never over until it’s over! David recounts the background and shoot of his iconic photograph the Wolf of Main Street in a classic Wild West saloon in Montana. (06min 57sec + downloadable study sheet)

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12 Working with wolves 

David likes working with wolves for the strong and conflicting emotions they elicit. We watch him on a shoot for his crazy idea to photograph a wolf in downtown Chicago. (10min 40sec + downloadable study sheet)

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13 Shooting at the Pioneer Bar

David talks about working with natural light and the genesis of his photographs “The Usual Suspects” and “The Unusual Suspects”. (04min 35sec + downloadable study sheet)

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14 Montana horses

On location in Montana! David is photographing cowboys and wild horses. We follow him as he directs the shoot and adapts his ideas in the tough conditions. (13min 59sec + downloadable study sheet)

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15 Creating staged photographs 

David likes the challenge of moving between different types of work. He describes the approach to creating mesmerising staged photographs. (06min 09sec + downloadable study sheet)

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16 On location in Monument Valley

David is on location in Monument Valley as he works to create a completely original picture of a place that has been photographed a million times before. (08min 28sec + downloadable study sheet)
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17 Being playful

David finds inspiration and ideas in everyday life which has led him to creating some fun, playful staged work. He discusses the ideas behind “The Barber of Fairfax”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ass” and “The Last Supper”. (13min 25sec + downloadable study sheet)

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18 Leader of the pack

On location in Nevada with badass bikers! Watch David composing a staged photograph. (05min 58sec + downloadable study sheet)

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19 Points of difference 

How does one achieve authenticity and originality in a world where everyone is a photographer? 14min 56sec + downloadable study sheet)

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20 Snow monkeys in Japan

Watch David on location in Nagano, Japan to photograph the snow monkeys. (02min 16sec + downloadable study sheet)

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21 Giving back 

David explains how and why he uses his photography to support conservation efforts around the globe. (03min 41sec + downloadable study sheet)

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22 On location in Greenland 

David is in Greenland to photograph the local inuit community. He shows the importance of immersing yourself with the local people as he tries to find information about the local terrain, the sea ice and traditional hunting. (12min 30sec + downloadable study sheet)

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23 Last of the big hunters 

Follow David on location in Greenland as he tries to make a photograph of traditional hunters and their sled pulled by a pack of dogs. (14min 39sec + downloadable study sheet)

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24 The Hunter’s hut

Watch David as he makes portraits of young inuit hunters on the remote east coast of Greenland. (10min 57sec + downloadable study sheet)

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25 The abandoned village 

David creates a powerful image in an abandoned village with hunters and a polar bear skin. (04min 23sec + downloadable study sheet)

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26 Inuit dog team 

David uses long and short lenses for landscapes and portraits of the local hunters. (04min 02sec + downloadable study sheet)

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27 Alone on the ice 

Understand the risks a photographer must take to create unique photographs: on the way to photograph icebergs David is left stranded and unarmed on the sea ice. (08min 46sec + downloadable study sheet)

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28 Tips for working in cold weather  

Working in the cold is no easy task. Find out David’s tips for photographing in extreme weather. (03min 55sec + downloadable study sheet)

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29 Places to photograph bears  

Find out the best techniques to photograph bears and three notable locations for taking pictures of polar bears. (10min 26sec + downloadable study sheet)

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30 Frozen moments with polar bears 

David explains how he took his famous bear images: “Hello”, Diamond in the Sky”, “The Statesman” and “78 Degrees North”. (08min 04sec + downloadable study sheet)

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31 Photographing grizzly bears 

If a location is successful, why change it? David describes how he took his famous grizzly bear photographs. (08min 01sec + downloadable study sheet)

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32 Capturing horses in Iceland  

How do you create original and eye-catching landscapes? David tells the story of “Wonderwall” and the art of working a foreground scene into stunning landscape shot. (13min 03sec + downloadable study sheet)

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33 Mission Statement 

David talks about work ethic and the values that are important to him and his team. (02min 45sec + downloadable study sheet)

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34 A Ship Called Dignity 

Watch David shoot at a floating village in Nigeria as he creates order out of chaos to produce a strong image. (03min 25sec + downloadable study sheet)

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35 The best advice 

David’s most important advice on succeeding as a professional photographer. (09min 15sec + downloadable study sheet)

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36 Heading up river in Borneo  

Follow David in Borneo and learn about the challenges of photographing in the jungle. (05min 19sec + downloadable study sheet)

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37 Hanging around with big orangutans 


Shooting in the jungle of Borneo. Watch David climbing through the mangroves to get an exceptionally close shot of an orangutan. (08min 38sec + downloadable study sheet)

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38 Photographing a river monster 

How do you create an eye-catching shot of a hippo? Watch David photographing Dexter! (03min 41sec + downloadable study sheet)

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39 Ideas and concepts

One of the most important jobs of a fine-art photographer is to find ideas. David explains how he does it. (07min 03sec + downloadable study sheet)

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40 Face to face with big tuskers

Choose your location for the wildlife you want to photograph and not the other way around. David is in Amboseli, Kenya to photograph big elephants and giraffes. (09min 22sec + downloadable study sheet)

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41 What’s in the bag?

David tells us which lenses and equipment he uses and his reasons for doing so. (05min 37sec + downloadable study sheet)

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42 Photographing big cats

David works from the cage and directs his team to compose action shots of lions and a black leopard. (07min 47sec + downloadable study sheet)

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43 Tribes

The “Mankind” photograph changed David’s career. Listen to the story behind the image and David’s advice for working with indigenous tribes. (12min 58sec + downloadable study sheet)

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44 Pride Rock

How do you create a pastiche by combining two photos, from two different locations on two different days? (06min 47sec + downloadable study sheet)

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45 A lion on Pride Rock

The lion whisperer tries to cajole a lion on to Pride Rock whilst David is lifted in the air on a crane for the second part of the “Pride Rock” image. (06min 59sec + downloadable study sheet)

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46 Composition

David tells us his 4 key rules for composition: foreground subject, rule of thirds, negative space and tension points. (09min 28sec + downloadable study sheet)

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47 The art of black and white

David discusses his preference for working in black and white including business, artistic, and romantic reasons. (06min 45sec + downloadable study sheet)

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48 Image post production (part 1)

David works with post production specialists, BowHaus in L.A. David and BowHaus co-founder, Joe, sit together to discuss and work on a photograph with Cindy Crawford. (10min 52sec + downloadable study sheet)

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49 Image post production (part 2)

Joe explains how BowHaus process the file in Photoshop and prepare to print in a very large format. (10min 52sec + downloadable study sheet) 

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50 Preparing a file for print 

After the Photoshop process the file is run through BowHaus’ proprietary software which interfaces with the printers to precisely control the ink used. (05min 14sec + downloadable study sheet)

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51 Advice on digital printing

Joe, an expert in printing and the developer of BowHaus’ printing software, provides useful tips for preparing and printing your images. (07min 17sec + downloadable study sheet)

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52 How David’s prints are framed

Watch the BowHaus team prepare the enormous printed photograph to be set in the high quality frame. (03min 24sec + downloadable study sheet)

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53 ‘Oh Montana’: The Final Print

David examines the enormous printed photograph and checks that he’s happy with the result. He wants the main elements of the image to be precisely in focus. (04min 13sec + downloadable study sheet)

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54 The Cindy Print 

David works with Cindy Crawford on a shoot with a large wolf. The proceeds of the sale of the image will go to her charity. David checks the photograph before signing and dating it, as a limited edition. (08min 54sec + downloadable study sheet)

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55 Monetising photography

David gives his advice on how to make money from art photography and on how to work with galleries. (07min 31sec + downloadable study sheet)

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56 Making a book of your work 

The commercial aspects of making a book means that it’s very tough to make money. David considers his books as a way to build a brand, and as a way to make his art available to the wider public. The proceeds of his latest book go to charity. (05min 41sec + downloadable study sheet)

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57 Farewell 

David says thank you and goodbye to all who have followed the course and imparts some final words of wisdom. (01min 15sec + downloadable study sheet)

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58 At the end of a shoot

David wraps up a shoot in Kenya. He discusses the need to set the bar very high and that from all the photographs he has taken during the week, only one or two will make the cut. (04min 10sec + downloadable study sheet)


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