The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Greg Heisler, with Gregory Heisler and Mia McCormick

Join Mia McCormick and Gregory Heisler as they sit down to discuss Greg’s award-winning career as a portraitist.

Join Mia McCormick and Gregory Heisler as they sit down to discuss Greg’s award-winning career as a portraitist. Greg is known the world over for his evocative portraits of some of the most well known leaders in government, business, the arts, and more. Spend an hour hearing inspiring stories of how Greg got started in photography, and some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. From the importance of having a unique vision that transcends technique to the willingness to take chances when everything is on the line, Greg and Mia discuss key moments in Greg’s experience as a portrait photographer that will surely give you a new appreciation for his thoughtful approach to his work.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: On Having a Vision (Duration 14:48)

According to Greg Heisler, technique without vision is just technique, you need to have vision to create work that stands out as your own.

Lesson 2: On Being Open to the Situation (Duration 09:42)

You can have the greatest plans for shoot, but you always need to be prepared to make the best of what the situation actually presents at the time of the shoot.

Lesson 3: On Getting Started in Photography (Duration 11:24)

At an early age photography became a way to gain access to a lot of opportunities that would not have otherwise presented themselves.

Lesson 4: On Always Keeping the First Photo You Take (Duration 13:25)

Greg tells the story of making a portrait of his photographic hero, and what he learned from that experience.

Lesson 5: On Taking Chances (Duration 11:41)

Greg feels it is important to try new things when everything is on the line and it absolutely has to work.

Lesson 6: On Getting Focused (Duration 14:35)

Greg's approach to preparing for a portrait session is driven by the subject, the context of the session, and other considerations specific to the shoot.

Lesson 7: On Looking Back (Duration 03:39)

Greg recently released a book that is a retrospective on 50 of the many protraits he has created over the years.

Meet Your Instructor: Gregory Heisler

Gregory Heisler is a photographer and educator renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness. His enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of…

Meet Your Instructor: Mia McCormick

Mia McCormick works as a resident technology expert for Kelby Training and B&H Photo - one of the largest electronic retailers in the world. She also conducts a series of…


  1. I saw Mr. Heisler at PSW in Washington DC. His stories were interesting but he came across as quite full of himself and I confess I got tired and left. The gentleman on this sequence is a very different fellow. Engaging, comfortable with himself and not encumbered by hubris. This is a wonderful sequence. Mr. Heisler is a good "talker" so I think that Ms. McCormick's work was easier than perhaps with other guests for the inspirational series, or perhaps she did such a stellar job that she made it look transparent. It's a great series and while perhaps not a series that makes me want to go out and make photographs as Mr. Heisler does, it does inspire the creative artist within, such that it is, to try to be better.

  2. As an amateur photographer, I found the interview as a great inspiration. Mr Heisler shares his stories and experiences very openly, and I learned something from it. I thought is was great, and I will probably watch i again.

  3. I read about half his book before watching this video, which, by the way, is one reason I've returned to Kelbyone. This interview enhances the book wonderfully, giving me a sense of how great it must be to take a class with Mr. Heisler. I've gotten into photography at an older age than most, so I have no dreams of finding a great mentor. Books and tutorials are the best I can hope for, so thank you, Mia McCormick for being such an excellent host here, drawing out your subject without getting in the way. And thank you, Mr. Heisler for being so generous sharing your insights. Very happy I've subscribed again.

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