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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

WELCOME, OVERVIEW, and FUNDAMENTALS

Welcome to Course TWO! From previous lessons, you have learned to set your camera menus and functions so your camera is ready to use. Beginning with Module 1, we'll add to the camera knowledge you gained in Course ONE to increase your understanding of critical exposure factors so you can create predictable results through confident control. If you are fully participating in the Course, you will also have the opportunity to share your photographs in Peer Review. As you learn about different exposure options, the concept and effects of Depth of Field, and begin to study the visual elements in a more concentrated manner, you will be developing the skills to "put it all together," to create pictures you will be proud to share that go beyond the snapshot to more fulfilling expression. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
MEET THE PROFESSORS: Peter Glendinning and Mark Sullivan12m
MEET THE COURSE: an overview by Peter and Mark4m
Under Exposure and Over Eposure4m
Reflected Light Meter & Meter Modes6m
Equivalent Exposure Combinations & MAPS-prob9m
Stop Action and Blur8m
Reading1 reading
About Peer Review10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Exposure Quiz8m
Reflected Light Meter & Meter Modes - Quiz14m
Equivalent Exposure Comb & Shooting Modes - MAPS -Quiz16m
Stop Action, Camera Blur - Quiz12m
Exposure - Summative Quiz36m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Elements of Camera Control 2.0: The Lens

In Module 2 you will learn how changes in focal length of the camera lens can have dramatic effects on both the ways that perspective is rendered, and the ways that content of a scene can be altered. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 89 min), 4 quizzes
Video12 videos
Focal Length: Perspective effects7m
Peter discusses Focal Length Pictures3m
Focal Length Series from a Single Vantage Point9m
Focal Lengths: Fixed or Zoom10m
Special Lenses: Macro5m
Special lenses: Fisheye6m
Special Lenses: Tilt-Shift10m
Smartphone Specialties6m
Protecting the Lens: shades and filters6m
Polarizing and Specialty Filters8m
Lens Adapters3m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Focal Length Basics14m
Focal Length Effects8m
Lens Specialties12m
Lens Summative Quiz20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Elements of Camera Control 3.0: Depth of Field

In Module 3 you will learn about the meaning of "Depth of Field," and how it can be controlled to create areas of focus that are perfect for the type of content you wish to convey in your photographs, whether they are for business or pleasure, art or industry....
Reading
3 videos (Total 9 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
Video3 videos
Depth of Field and Aperture, Focal Length, & Focal Distance5m
Mark discusses DOF in a photograph2m
Reading2 readings
Depth of Field - Further Notes10m
About Peer Review10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Aperture and Depth of Field - Quiz8m
Focal Length and Depth of Field - Quiz6m
Focus Distance and Depth of field - Quiz4m
Depth of Field Summative QUIZ16m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Picture Decisions:

In Module 4 we return to studying concepts related to the way photographs look, and how practical decisions that are unique to photography can have dramatic effect in terms of what their objective or creative content might be. We examine the aspect of Time as an essential choice that must be made by photographers no matter what their ultimate goal for image-making. We continue the Peer Review process for paid-Learners....
Reading
3 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Photographs and Time As Fiction-4m
Peter discusses Time and his photography6m
Reading2 readings
Time, Fact, and Fiction - Reading and Viewing10m
About Peer Review10m
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Top Reviews

By CLFeb 13th 2018

The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable. The projects are instructional and test you to learn, try, etc. It made me think of new ways to capture images and inspired me to photograph every day!

By ATDec 2nd 2017

Great course structure. Great Professors and Mentors. This course has really help me grow a lot as a photographer. I'm so thankful to Coursera & MSU for putting such a great course for learners.

Instructors

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Peter Glendinning

Professor
Art, Art History, & Design
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Mark Valentine Sullivan

Associate Professor
Music / Innovation Hub

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

About the Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization

Whether your camera is a Smartphone or DSLR, a Compact or Mirrorless model, you will learn to gain control of exposure and understand fundamentals of composition, while exploring documentary and creative concepts to make the kinds of photographs you have always wanted. This Specialization covers a broad range of fundamental principles in photography, from camera control to principles of composition and creativity, providing you with a foundation for growth in making photographs you’ll be proud to share. In the Capstone you will develop a final project of photographs related to your individual needs, whether practical or purely expressive, and share ongoing feedback with fellow learners. The 'top-10' peer-reviewed Capstone projects each year will be awarded the opportunity for individual reviews, with personal responses, by world renowned photographers who have been honored with the title of Canson-Infinity® Ambassadors. In addition to the awarding of a Certificate of Specialization from Michigan State University, each Learner who subscribes to and completes the entire Specialization, including Capstone, will receive substantial discounts on equipment, accessories, and membership benefits through Industry Partners from among the premier manufacturers of photography equipment: Fracture, Gary Fong, Gyst, Lensbaby, LensPen, Lume Cube, Photo District News, PhotoVideoEdu.com, Pixsy, and Think Tank....
Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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