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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.


Dec 1, 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.

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By Gustavo P

Sep 26, 2016

Excellent course and specialization.

By Monica P

Jul 29, 2016

Excelente curso. Aprendí muchísimo.

By Mahthum S J B - E & E E

Jul 18, 2021

Thank you so much its very helpful


Aug 19, 2019

Very good indeed...wonderful tips.

By Deleted A

Feb 5, 2017

Excellent and highly recommended!

By Yamile S A E

Oct 27, 2021

Buen curso y grandes enseñanzas

By Lisbeth M

Aug 31, 2020

Excellent option for a rookie!

By Vaishnavi P J

May 20, 2020

Excellent and Challenging !!!!

By seyedmohammadreza m

May 14, 2022

Thank you for your generosity

By Shamily K

Feb 7, 2019

I like my professors teaching

By Megan T

Sep 2, 2016

Loved it and learned so much!

By Aya M

Dec 10, 2017

Loved it! It was very useful


Jul 23, 2020

Thank you for your support

By Enrico M

Nov 26, 2019

A very interesting course!

By carl m k

Nov 18, 2017

It is an excellent course

By Agne R

Dec 15, 2020

Very informative. Thanks

By Joshika T

Sep 10, 2020

It's good it's betterfly

By jerome e

Oct 6, 2020

Very challenging course

By Pakasit W

Aug 7, 2019

Very informative course

By George A H

Sep 7, 2021

so helpful information

By erfan k

Aug 10, 2021

perfect just as usuall

By Joaquin A S P

Jul 1, 2021

muy muy util la verdad

By Rasim G

Jan 10, 2021

Thanks for everything.

By K. S K

May 8, 2020

Very good experience

By Inchara P

Sep 28, 2020

I loved this course