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An Introduction to Photography


An Introduction to Photography

Capture striking shots with the legendary photographer of everyone from Stormzy to The Queen.

This course includes:

35 lessons

4 hours

15 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Rankin in his studio and prepare to get hands-on with the fundamentals of portrait photography, using smartphones to digital SLRs.

  • Snap photos that stand out
  • Go from automatic settings to manual
  • Take on 8 inspiring creative challenges
  • Learn about lenses and lighting
  • Get the most out of your subject
  • Build your portfolio

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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 Mercedes-AMG 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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Lesson plan (35)

  1. 01

    An Introduction to Photography: Welcome


  2. 02

    An Introduction to Photography course introduction


  3. 03

    How to take a good portrait


  4. 04

    The power of portraiture


  5. 05

    Introduction to cameras


  6. 06

    Smartphone photography


  7. 07

    Challenge one: auto settings


  8. 08

    Photography basics


  9. 09

    Camera lenses


  10. 10

    Challenge two: manual settings


  11. 11

    Introduction to photography lighting


  12. 12

    Studio lighting


  13. 13

    Natural lighting


  14. 14

    Challenge three: lighting


  15. 15

    Photo shoot preparation


  16. 16

    Visualising your idea


  17. 17

    Challenge four: moodboard


  18. 18

    Creative collaborations


  19. 19

    Getting the most out of your subject


  20. 20

    In the studio with Rankin


  21. 21

    The other side of the lens


  22. 22

    Challenge five: portrait photography


  23. 23

    Photography post-production


  24. 24

    Creative retouching


  25. 25

    Rankin's self-portrait


  26. 26

    Challenge six: self-portrait


  27. 27



  28. 28

    Challenge seven: who do you see?


  29. 29

    Getting out of your comfort zone


  30. 30

    Challenge eight: be brave and be bold


  31. 31

    Extra tips


  32. 32

    How to build your photography portfolio


  33. 33

    How to get the job


  34. 34

    Q&A with Rankin


  35. 35



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