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About the Course

Welcome to Course FOUR! In Modules 1-4 you will cover the final elements of the Specialization necessary to round out this introduction to the fundamentals of Photography, and prepare you for creating your own exciting project in the Capstone! You have come a long way since the beginning of this journey from Smartphone Basics to DSLR and Beyond. Just think of all the information you have absorbed and put to use in your assignments and quizzes, and the confidence you have gained that you CAN control the camera to make pictures you are proud to share. Here in Course Four you will start by gaining knowledge related to content in photography, from fact to fiction, documentary to purely expressive. Next you will learn principles, tips, and techniques for using the essential element of Light in Ambient/Natural settings. The flash/strobe unit, whether it is built-in to your camera or an add-on "hotshoe" model, will finally be something you, not the camera, controls! You will prove to yourself that those former mysteries of Controlled Continuous and Strobe lighting will no longer be mysterious, as you apply your knowledge to creation of assignment photographs in various situations. Sharing those pictures in Peer Review will give you the opportunity to learn from your fellow photographers' solutions to lighting challenges, and to gain insight into your own work and creative approaches too. There is an important word to share about Peer Review assignments for this course. As photographers who have accomplished the quiz and photography requirements of Courses One through Three, you have the knowledge and capability to create quality photographs at a much higher rate of success, and in a much shorter time, than when you began. You have also proven that you are a dedicated Learner, someone who has a passion for photography and is willing to put forth the extra effort necessary to accomplish your goals. This Course is the last before the Capstone Course, in which you will be tasked with creating a project over a 2-month period of dedicated photography. The Peer Review photography assignments have been structured with both your advanced capabilities and dedication in other words, they will require both! Be prepared to allocate more time than you have in previous Courses for the assignments, because they will take more time and because you will really enjoy them! Course Four ends with an overview of methods for finalizing your pictures in print form, including simple but effective matting techniques, and in web page designs as well. The pleasures and perils of sharing in social media sites are also yours to discover. Protecting your copyrights by understanding that concept and the ways that you can assert them, being careful about blogs and other outlets, and recognizing you are part of a community that respects the individual's creative effort, well that is important knowledge to have in preparation for the Capstone too! Let's get started with Module One!...

Top reviews


Nov 2, 2020

This course went beyond my expectations! The lessons were very practical for aspiring photographers of the modern era, especially if one wants to really stick to the field of professional photography.


Jan 10, 2018

This is an excellent course. I found the description rather intimidating but was very pleased with how it worked out. At least according to the peer reviews I submitted my best work in Course 4.

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By Steven E

Nov 5, 2020

great set of issues covered in the course and i have definitely progressed as a result. very pleased.

By joy o

Mar 19, 2019

professors are amazing. learned so much about improving my photos with light and cnen, balance, etc.

By rami h a

Jul 10, 2017

so valuable information , it helps me a lot to learn and improve my photography knowledge and skills.

By Ann C S

Jan 21, 2021

Thank you so much for this lesson, and to the professors who made this an easy and enjoyable course.

By Arnab B

Sep 27, 2016

It is great experoence! Thank you Prof. Petter , Prof. Mark, Michigan State University

and Coursera!

By Pako M

Dec 10, 2020

Its a wonderful course that teaches well on photography lighting. Learnt much on using the flash.


Mar 19, 2020

excelente curso, muy completo, aprendí las bases y los conceptos de fotografia, luz y contenido

By Thilina J

Jun 19, 2021

Great course for learning external flash tools and using sunlight properly in our compositions


Sep 8, 2020

Excelente curso, Gracias por la dedicación entrega y profesionalismo impartido en este curso.

By Linda M

Jan 15, 2018

Loved all of these courses and look forward to the Capstone course!

Thanks very much,

Linda M.

By Thauane B

Sep 16, 2016

Great course with a lot of tips about photography and how to share the work. Great teachers

By Vivek V

Aug 29, 2021

Very informative and useful course! Thanks to the instructors for the ideas and concepts.

By Rodrigo A R C

Apr 23, 2021

me encanto, ahora podre aplicar todo lo aprendo en mi carrera profesional, muchas gracias

By Bruce E

Aug 5, 2018

Another great course. I have learned an amazing amount in a short period of time. Thanks.

By Bradley M H

Sep 12, 2016

Great experience taking this class and meeting other learners through social networking.

By Joanne F

Feb 20, 2017

loved it! I am look at buying a DSLR camera soon.....I will be revisiting these lessons

By Gabriel V

Nov 10, 2020

It was a phenomenal coursed!! Learned so much and it beeped me so engaged. Thank you.

By Mar V

Mar 14, 2023

Muy buen curso, profesores estupendos y se aprende muchísimo, lo recomiendo al 100%

By Katarine N N

Apr 4, 2021

incredible! I learned a lot from this course! it was a very aggregating experience

By Suda S

Feb 1, 2021

What a fantastic dive into the world of photography. Great job Coursera & MSU!

By Elyasin S

Feb 3, 2019

Very helpful and useful course. It is a bit US focused, but that is ok for me.

By Taiowa W

Jan 23, 2018

A fun course that expands on the previous courses and offers advanced lessons.

By Michael W

Jan 23, 2017

Best learning experience so far that has really impacted me on my photography.

By Sherwin C

Nov 30, 2020

Everything is worth my time. Thank you and God bless. Keep up the good work.

By Qamar A A

Jun 9, 2018

I really enjoyed this course and looking forward for capston. learned a lot