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An Introduction to Photography


An Introduction to Photography

Learn to take photos that stop people in their tracks with the legendary photographer behind portraits of everyone from Stormzy to The Queen. Join Rankin in his studio and prepare to get hands-on with the fundamentals – this course covers everything from lenses and lighting to inspiring creative challenges. It's time to create a striking photography portfolio all of your own.

35 video lessons
Course notes
  • self-paced, no deadlines

  • For new and experienced photographers

  • Hands-on creative challenges

The course

Whether you're confident working with a DSLR or a beginner with a humble smartphone; this online photography course will inspire your life behind the lens. With hands-on challenges throughout to help unlock your creative voice, Rankin breaks down his craft into digestible lessons that cover everything from camera techniques through to interacting with talent and promoting your work. You'll learn why selfies are "the bane" of Rankin's life and hear brilliant ideas and perspectives from his peers and collaborators. Before you know it, you'll have created your very own photography portfolio, filled with a variety of creative work that's ready to share with the world.

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Across a career spanning more than three decades, Rankin has photographed some of the most recognisable celebrities and public figures, including The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and Kate Moss. As well as his portraiture, Rankin has shot iconic music videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora, created advertising campaigns for brands such as Rolls Royce and Samsonite, and published over 40 books and magazines, including Dazed & Confused, which he co-founded with Jefferson Hack in 1991. His work has featured not only on the glossy pages of Vogue, GQ, and Rolling Stone, but also on the walls of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the MoMA in New York.


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135 pages

On top of video lessons, you’ll also enjoy access to a downloadable PDF put together by Rankin, full of tips, techniques, and creative challenges to help you hone your skills.

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Want to leave auto behind for good?

Get to grips with the camera fundamentals, learn the ins and outs of portraiture, and build up your own portfolio of photos. Step by digestible step.

35 video lessons, 4 hrs
Course notes
An Introduction to Photography

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