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May 10, 2022

A revolutionary talent, Tyler Mitchell made history as the first Black photographer to shoot an American Vogue cover, work that is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Now he’s sharing his process with you. Discover how to create and compose striking portraits, work with natural light and shadow, and tell a compelling story through your photos—even if the only equipment you have is your phone.

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A coveted talent among prominent fashion houses, mainstream magazines, and avant-garde publications, Tyler Mitchell is a powerful voice in a new generation of image-makers reshaping how we view the world. He’s been called a revolutionary for his collaborative approach, and he’s also been credited with helping to document a new aesthetic of Blackness.

In 2018, Tyler made history as the first Black photographer to capture an American Vogue cover, and his portrait of Beyoncé is now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. His approach to image-making builds on an artistic foundation and techniques anyone can use to create a compelling visual story—no expensive equipment needed.

This online class includes lessons on:
Tyler Mitchell’s artistic vision
• Creating moods through lighting
• Working with natural light
• Creating strong frames for photographs
• Shooting indoors and outside
• Selecting and editing images
• Techniques for shooting with film
• Using photography to tell powerful stories
• Working with colors, props, and different locations
• Finding an audience and showcasing your work
• Discovering inspiration and building confidence

About MasterClass:
MasterClass is the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best. With an annual membership, subscribers get unlimited access to instructors and classes across a wide range of subjects. Stream thousands of lessons anywhere, anytime, on mobile, desktop, and TV.

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