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Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

45%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

17%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 13 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Michigan State University

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

WELCOME, OVERVIEW, and FUNDAMENTALS

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 Quiz30m
Reflected Light Meter & Meter Modes - Quiz30m
Equivalent Exposure Comb & Shooting Modes - MAPS -Quiz30m
Stop Action, Camera Blur - Quiz30m
Exposure - Summative Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Elements of Camera Control 2.0: The Lens

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 89 min)
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 Basics30m
Focal Length Effects30m
Lens Specialties30m
Lens Summative Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Elements of Camera Control 3.0: Depth of Field

3 hours to complete
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 - Quiz30m
Focal Length and Depth of Field - Quiz30m
Focus Distance and Depth of field - Quiz30m
Depth of Field Summative QUIZ30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Picture Decisions:

2 hours to complete
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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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

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