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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 14 hours to complete

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


Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Photographers
  • Traders
  • Artists
  • Biologists
  • Journalists

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete


7 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
7 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
1 reading
About Peer Review10m
5 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
2 hours to complete

Elements of Camera Control 2.0: The Lens

12 videos (Total 89 min), 4 quizzes
12 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
4 practice exercises
Focal Length Basics14m
Focal Length Effects8m
Lens Specialties12m
Lens Summative Quiz20m
3 hours to complete

Elements of Camera Control 3.0: Depth of Field

3 videos (Total 9 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
3 videos
Depth of Field and Aperture, Focal Length, & Focal Distance5m
Mark discusses DOF in a photograph2m
2 readings
Depth of Field - Further Notes10m
About Peer Review10m
4 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
3 hours to complete

Picture Decisions:

3 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Photographs and Time As Fiction-4m
Peter discusses Time and his photography6m
2 readings
Time, Fact, and Fiction - Reading and Viewing10m
About Peer Review10m
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Top reviews from Camera Control

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.



Peter Glendinning

Art, Art History, & Design

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. 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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