Our online photography classes with Steve McCurry

Join a Steve McCurry photography course to learn from one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography.

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The Masterclass

The complete Steve McCurry photography course. A masterclass of 25 lessons over 4 hours with Steve

$170

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The Discovery Class

6 Key lessons selected from the Masterclass over 40 minutes with Steve

$55

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Lesson Plan

The Masterclass

Lesson Plan: 25 lessons over 4 hours

1 Meet your Master
The ultimate Steve McCurry photography course. This internationally renowned photographer is one of the most influential contemporary image-makers for more than 30 years. He has 17 acclaimed photographic books to his name and innumerable honours.
2 The early years
Learn about the beginnings of Steve’s career and what it was that inspired him to start photographing. Find out what camera equipment Steve uses and why he chooses to shoot in colour.
3 Going to War
Find out about Steve’s fascinating experience in Afghanistan and be inspired to journey and explore close to home or further afield with your own photography.
Steve McCurry Lesson 4: Cartier-Bresson
4 Influences: Cartier-Bresson
Steve shares with you some of the significant photographers and the photographs that have influenced him throughout his career. Including his main influence, the great Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Steve McCurry Lesson 5: Influences
5 Other influences
Learn about the other photographers work that help shaped Steve’s own photography and that will inspire you too.
6 Street Photography: Great things
Join Steve on the streets of Havana, Cuba and find out how he becomes part of the street in order for great opportunities to present themselves.
Steve McCurry Lesson 7
7 Street Photography: Spontaneous moments
Make the most of chance encounters! Learn from Steve as he teaches you about grasping spontaneous moments and opportunities.
8 Street Photography: Engage the street
How do you become part of the scene? How do you blend into your environment? Steve shares with you the techniques and methods he uses.
9 Finding subjects and stories
How do you find a subject? How do you find a project that interests you? How to find subjects and stories that matter. Listen to Steve’s advice about finding the perfect subject for your photography.
10 Choosing the light
How do I know when the light is right? When is the best time of day to take photographs? Find out from Steve how he likes to work with different kinds of light throughout the day.
11 Tell a story
The best pictures are the ones that tell a story. Learn about Steve’s visual storytelling as he shares with you how he created some of his photographs.
12 Conflict Zones
Learn about the importance of documenting war. Steve explains to you his philosophy behind the photographs he created during the Gulf War and the aftermath of 9/11.
Steve McCurry Lesson 13: Light
13 Interiors: Using existing light
See how Steve makes use of the available light in his portraits and interior scenes. Watch him create images at monastery in Portugal.
14 Portraiture: Reveal the moment
What is a portrait? Who is it of? Is it about the subject or photographer? Look and see how Steve takes portraits and captures his moments of authenticity.
15 Portraiture: 9 key tips
In this important lesson of the Steve McCurry photography course, he shares with you his eight key tips to taking a portrait; from revealing emotion to what background to use. Watch and learn as he takes portraits in Lisbon and Cuba.
16 The iconic portrait of Che Guevara
Steve talk to us about Korda’s portrait and how a brief moment has become an iconic image.
17 Photographing children
Listen as Steve reveals to you how he photographs children and shares some of the stories behind his incredible photographs of children.
18 The Afghan Girl
One of the most iconic portraits ever taken… Steve talks about how he created his famous Afghan Girl photograph.
19 Using juxtaposition
Two ideas, one comment. Learn from Steve about the important use of this technique in his photography.
20 Landscape
Steve teaches you how to approach a landscape and also how he creates his photographs of people within a landscape.
21 Composition
What are the rules of composition? Steve discusses composition whilst giving you advice on what to look out for when composing your own photographs.
22 Cityscapes
How to select a viewpoint that tells a story? Listen to Steve approach to cityscapes in India and around the world.
23 Shoot in all weather
There is no such thing as bad weather. Steve teaches you to shoot in all weather conditions. Don’t put your camera down when the weather turns nasty… find out from Steve why.
24 Editing, printing & the book
How do I edit down my photographs? Shall I print my photographs? How do I put together a book? Steve discusses with you the selection process, printing and putting together a photography book.
25 Making pictures for a living
Go out, take chances, take risks and be curious about the world you live in. In this final lesson of the Steve McCurry photography course, he gives his insights and advice on how to try and make a living out of your images. He leaves you with some inspirational words and wishes you the best of luck on your journey.

Lesson Plan

The Discovery Class

Lesson Plan: 6 lessons over 40 minutes

Upgrade to Masterclass later for only $115

1 Meet your Master
Meet your master. Steve McCurry, an internationally renowned photographer and one of the most influential image-makers in contemporary photography for over 30 years. Steve has 17 acclaimed photographic books to his name and innumerable honours.
6 Street Photography: Great things
Join Steve on the streets of Havana, Cuba and find out how he becomes part of the street in order for great opportunities to present themselves.
10 Choosing the light
How do I know when the light is right? When is the best time of day to take photographs? Find out from Steve how he likes to work with different kinds of light throughout the day.
15 Portraiture: 9 key tips
Steve shares with you his nine key tips to taking a portrait, from revealing emotion to what background to use. Watch and learn as he takes portraits in Lisbon and Cuba.
19 Using juxtaposition
Two ideas, one comment. Learn from Steve about the important use of this technique in his photography.
25 Making pictures for a living
Go out, take chances, take risks and be curious about the world you live in. Steve gives his insights and advice on how to try and make a living out of your photographs. He leaves you with some inspirational words and wishes you the best of luck on your journey.

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Take your photography to the next level with an exclusive online video Masterclass with Steve McCurry. This is a unique opportunity to study him at work, on location in Cuba and Portugal and follow his thought process in creating his incredible images, crafting captivating visual stories and adding authenticity and emotion to images.
 
Access over 25 episodes packed with Steve’s tips and advice, which you can return to and watch over and over again. This is not a course about the technical aspects of camera settings, it’s a journey with one of the greatest photographers in the world into creativity and the art of photography.
 

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Founder and filmmaker, Chris Ryan, explains how Masters of Photography came into existence. He discusses his desire to find out how the great masters create their own images and to create a platform for anyone to have the experience of learning side by side with a Master of Photography.

Your Questions Answered

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. 

What's included in my class?

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.

Do you have a refund policy?

Yes. If for any reason you are unhappy with your class or feel that you can’t commit to it, simply drop us an email within 30 days and we will refund 100% of your purchase.

How do I take part in the classes?

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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