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The Masterclass

The complete Masterclass of 54 lessons over 8 hours with Nick

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The Discovery Class

17 Key lessons selected from the Nick Danziger photography course over 1 hour 20 minutes

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Lesson Plan

The Masterclass

Lesson Plan: 54 lessons over 8 hours

 1 Meet your Master
Meet your Master: Nick Danziger is a world-renowned photojournalist who has shot his work in countless countries and features in it all manner of people, from the most powerful political leaders to the most marginalised communities.
2 How It All Started
Nick relates his early passion for travel and discovery, from wanting to be a tube driver to being inspired by the adventures of Tintin and surviving on the streets of Paris by sketching.
3 Using My First Camera
Nick tells us about his lifelong love of the visual arts: how he applied to arts school at age 14, travelled the Silk Road after receiving a Churchill Fellowship all the way to hosting exhibitions in the UK and all over the world.
4 Building on Early Creative Influences 
From Steinbeck to Orwell, epic films to war documentaries - Nick shares the books and films that inspired him and his photography and teaches how to get in touch with the media that makes you gasp.
5 Discover the Power of Photography
Nick relates his journey on the Silk Road from Europe through the Middle East to China, travelling secretly through warzones and ultimately finding the role of photography in making a change in the world.
6 Right Place, Right Time, Right Moment
Nick speaks about navigating the comfort and context of your photography’s subject in their natural environment to capture that perfect moment.
7 Influences, Inspirations and Mentors
Nick shares how photographers like Don McCullin, Dorothea Lange & Sebastião Salgado have influenced him in finding the human element in his photography to highlight issues around the world. Learn how to find a mentor and how to discover something in the work of others to inspire your own.
8 Tips for Finding a Project
Learn with Nick how to harness familiarity to find a project on your doorstep or use media to find one further afield. Overcome uncertainty and create a project that can change the world!
9 What's in the Bag
Find out what’s in Nick’s camera bag, from his cameras and lenses to some underrated tools vital to his photography.
10 On Location: the Widow's Story
Join Nick on location in Masis City, Armenia as he documents the poignant story of a war-displaced widow and her 5 children.
11 Creating the Narrative Arc 
For Nick, everything is a story and storytelling is a vital aspect of photography. Learn how to harness the narrative arc within your project to tell your story.
12 On Location: Being a Fly on the Wall
Nick visits another displaced family in Masis City and teaches how to disappear into the background and photograph your subject in their most organic and true state.
13 Ingredients of a Strong Picture
Nick speaks about the vital ingredients of a strong photograph: framing, composition, lighting and emotion.
14 Finding the Right Light
Light is the essence of photography. Learn with Nick the importance of lighting in capturing the atmosphere of your shooting location.
15 30 Days With Prime Minister Tony Blair
Nick tells his story of photographing British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the lead-up to the Iraq War with unprecedented access to the leader’s inner circle.
16 From the Other Side of the Lens
Take a brief lesson with Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s renowned press officer, as he offers the client’s perspective on giving a photographer intimate access to everyday life.
17 An Editor's View
Take a brief lesson with Gill Morgan, former editor of the Times magazine and Nicks’ colleague and friend, about the editor’s perspective on telling human stories.
18 Colour or Black and White
Nick addresses the age-old question that has faced every photographer: whether to shoot in colour or black & white? He gives his verdict and explains the rationale behind his gear.
19 Inside the All Blacks
Learn about gaining trust and access to exclusive and even sacred environments as Nick tells of his experience photographing the world’s most successful national sports team.
20 Assignments vs. Personal Projects
Nicks speaks about the difference in approach between the defined limits of professional assignments & the freedom of your own passion projects.
21 Photographing the World's Largest Gathering of People 
Learn from Nick how he documented the Maha Kumbh Mela: a major Hindu festival attracting over 80’000 pilgrims to what Nick calls ‘the greatest show on Earth’.
22 5 Essential Books
Nick shows us the inspirational photography books vital to his creative journey and describes how they influenced his life and work.
23 Photographing the British
Nick speaks about his project photographing his own nation and its people - learn with him how to extract artistic value from projects closer to home.
24 The Building Blocks of a Project
Nick teaches how to embark on the first steps on your project by managing your time and navigating your environment.
25 On Location: Portraits in a Soup Kitchen 
Still in Masis City, Nick visits a soup kitchen which serves as a vital source of physical and social nourishment for the lonely and elderly poor and relays how to manage context and colour in your composition.
26 Practice Makes Perfect: Tips and Tricks
Nick extols the virtues of practice in honing your craft and offers a few practical exercises to help you do so.
27 On Location: Rajik's Story
Nick continues shooting in Armenia, photographing an elderly man living alone on the edge of poverty and emphasises the importance of capturing a variety of images to display the full context of a situation.
28 Consent and Permissions
Nick explains the legal and ethical implications of consent in photographing individuals and crowds.
29 On Location: Using Stillness to Capture Emotions
In ‘The Dormitory’, a building complex hosting displaced people who have been there since as far back as the 1990s, Nick explains how to control motion to capture emotion.
30 On Location: Cover Every Aspect
Nick teaches how to make use of local knowledge to get the full context of your subject’s living situation.
31 Captions: Who, Why, Where & What
Photographs often benefit from context and the best way to convey this is through the written word. Nick gives his advice on when to write about your work and when to seek the talents of others to best tell your photographic story.
32 On Location: the Details and Clues
Nick sits down for breakfast with an elderly Armenian man and emphasises the importance of taking notes and making your subject feel at ease.
33 On Location: Working with the Red Cross
Nick joins a Red Cross worker on their bi-weekly visit to an elderly patient and explains how to work in sub-optimal conditions and the importance of preserving the dignity of vulnerable subjects.
34 Photo Excercises
Hone your photography with 6 practical exercises from Nick to learn more about portrait, landscape & equipment.
35 On Location: the Lonely Old Man
Nick joins a local Armenian elder who receives no assistance due to the nearby war and we learn how to maintain stillness and stability when photographing your subjects.
36 4 Corners Composition
What are the rules of composition? Get advice from Nick on framing your subject within the four corners of its composition.
37 On Location: Photography for Advocacy
In his final lesson in Armenia, Nick visits another vulnerable local and speaks about using photography to aid the most marginalised in society.
38 The World's Most Isolated Country
Nick speaks about his rare access to the most reclusive country in the world, relates the difficulties of operating under restrictive conditions and teaches how to uncover the humanity and individuality in even the most unfamiliar settings.
39 Choosing the Final Frame
Every photographer knows the struggle of trying to pick the best variation of each image. Nick walks us through his process of using contact sheets to decide which photographs go to print.
40 Monetising Photography
Your work is worth something! Learn how to earn from your photography in the 21st century, through commissions and more.
41 Getting a Picture Agent
For some photographers, the business side of their craft is best left to someone else. Nick offers advice on how to find a picture agent with the right mindset to market your work.
42 Advice from a Picture Agent
Take a brief lesson with Neil Burgess, a photography agent for over 40 years who’s worked with Nick as well as other legends like Salgado & McCullin.
43 Advice for Funding & Photo Competitions
Nick relates his experience of obtaining grants & winning competitions and teaches how to manage finance, applications and the most important resource of all: your time.
44 Making a Book
Nick explains the potential pitfalls of translating your work into a book format and how finding the right editor and publisher can help remedy these difficulties.
45 The Rhythm of a Photography Book
Take a brief lesson with Nick’s book designer Mark Thomson as he speaks about the process of arranging your photographs in material form while preserving their emotion and context.
46 Collaboration Projects
Continue with Mark Thomson as he tells us about collaborating with other creators on projects, photographic and otherwise.
47 Getting your Work into Magazines
Learn about tailoring your work toward magazines so that they will showcase it in their publications, locally and globally.
48 Working with Galleries
To have their work exhibited in a gallery is a dream for many photographers. Nick gives his advice on getting your foot in the door, choosing the right gallery for you and the rise of online galleries.
49 Creating Photographs for Museums
Nick explains the ins and outs of creating an exhibition for museums and working with these institutions.
50 Your Toolbox of Skills
Learn with Nick how to harness all the skills in your ‘toolbox’, not just in terms of taking photographs but in communicating with your subjects to create your story.
51 Ethics and Morals While Photographing
Vital photography like Nick’s often takes place in sensitive situations. He tells us how to navigate the cultural, religious and legal complexities of your shooting location to ensure ethical photography.
52 Photojournalism: Physical and Mental Wellbeing 
Having traversed warzones and witnessed untold human suffering, Nick gives his advice on maintaining not just your physical safety but also your emotional and mental health while on location.
53 Staying Safe and Secure on Shoots
As an international photographer, Nick has traversed all manner of dangerous environments. Learn with him how to keep yourself, your companions and your subjects safe from danger.
54 Farewell
Nick concludes his course with some final inspiring words and passes the torch to you to uplift the marginalised and vulnerable with your photography.

Lesson Plan

The Discovery Class

Lesson Plan: 17 lessons over 1 hour 20 minutes

Upgrade to Masterclass later for only $115

 1 Meet your Master
Meet your Master: Nick Danziger is a world-renowned photojournalist who has shot his work in countless countries and features in it all manner of people, from the most powerful political leaders to the most marginalised communities.
5 Discover the Power of Photography
Nick relates his journey on the Silk Road from Europe through the Middle East to China, travelling secretly through warzones and ultimately finding the role of photography in making a change in the world.
8 Tips for Finding a Project
Learn with Nick how to harness familiarity to find a project on your doorstep or use media to find one further afield. Overcome uncertainty and create a project that can change the world!
9 What's in the Bag
Find out what’s in Nick’s camera bag, from his cameras and lenses to some underrated tools vital to his photography.
11 Creating the Narrative Arc 
For Nick, everything is a story and storytelling is a vital aspect of photography. Learn how to harness the narrative arc within your project to tell your story.
12 On Location: Being a Fly on the Wall
Nick visits another displaced family in Masis City and teaches how to disappear into the background and photograph your subject in their most organic and true state.
14 Finding the Right Light
Light is the essence of photography. Learn with Nick the importance of lighting in capturing the atmosphere of your shooting location.
23 Photographing the British
Nick speaks about his project photographing his own nation and its people - learn with him how to extract artistic value from projects closer to home.
24 The Building Blocks of a Project
Nick teaches how to embark on the first steps on your project by managing your time and navigating your environment.
26 Practice Makes Perfect: Tips and Tricks
Nick extols the virtues of practice in honing your craft and offers a few practical exercises to help you do so.
29 On Location: Using Stillness to Capture Emotions
In ‘The Dormitory’, a building complex hosting displaced people who have been there since as far back as the 1990s, Nick explains how to control motion to capture emotion.
32 On Location: the Details and Clues
Nick sits down for breakfast with an elderly Armenian man and emphasises the importance of taking notes and making your subject feel at ease.
39 Choosing the Final Frame
Every photographer knows the struggle of trying to pick the best variation of each image. Nick walks us through his process of using contact sheets to decide which photographs go to print.
50 Your Toolbox of Skills
Learn with Nick how to harness all the skills in your ‘toolbox’, not just in terms of taking photographs but in communicating with your subjects to create your story.
52 Photojournalism: Physical and Mental Wellbeing 
Having traversed warzones and witnessed untold human suffering, Nick gives his advice on maintaining not just your physical safety but also your emotional and mental health while on location.
53 Staying Safe and Secure on Shoots
As an international photographer, Nick has traversed all manner of dangerous environments. Learn with him how to keep yourself, your companions and your subjects safe from danger.
54 Farewell
Nick concludes his course with some final inspiring words and passes the torch to you to uplift the marginalised and vulnerable with your photography.

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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.

How much experience do I need to take this class? What camera gear do I need?

The classes have been designed to be suitable for all levels of experience. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced professional, learning from a Master is sure to help you to improve your photography.

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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The classes are delivered online, allowing you to learn from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll get all the benefits of a workshop experience from the comfort of your own home. 

Life gets busy sometimes and it’s hard to fit everything in. That’s why our classes are self-paced allowing you to drop in for lessons whenever it suits you.

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