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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 Shishir K

Jun 3, 2020

good enough!

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By Peter K

Dec 23, 2017

Course Starts out weaker than the others, but returns to form in the later weeks. One of the lectures in week 2 has a clear cut after a professor misspeaks, but no one was bothered to edit the video. Peer Review system for assignments is problematic throughout the specialization. Some assignments need to be more concisely explained & following of the grading rubrics needs to be enforced somehow. Dr. Glendinning remains as enthusiastic as ever & the course does continue to build well on the technical aspects of photography. While appreciated, the equipment recommendations often feel like ads for company sponsors. Though that may be more of a result of the lecturer's delivery.

By Erin B K

Dec 24, 2020

Disappointed by this specialization. I expected there to be more focus on photography techniques. Certain weeks in course 3 and 4 were very long and less related to actual photography than to what happens after the photograph has been taken. Transcripts are not especially good, despite the courses being given by native speakers, and sometimes the answers to quizzes were not learned in the previous lessons. I think these courses should be reviewed every 6 months or so, corrected and updated.

By shorya s

Jul 27, 2020

I feel like most of the skills which I learn here are not useful for people who are starting as they are too expensive to use and professors are selling those products. They treat us like the great professionals which feel good but not practical. So half of the skills which I learn I won't be using every as I am in India so they are not particle and available

By Christy M

Sep 30, 2020

Probably my least favorite of the series. it is really frustrating to watch a video, then take a quiz that has questions completely unrelated to what you just watched...then watch the next video where that topic is actually addressed.

By Ronald P I

Oct 27, 2020

Not really worth taking this class. The video production quality has horrible sound issues and there are a lot of bots that make the exercises a pain. I went through the entire specialization, finished the Capstone, and these issues only get worse the further you go. I'm sure there are other photography classes through Coursera that offer the same information in a much more organized way. Gave it 2 stars because there was some good info in here, but a lot of it is probably available through Google.

By Andriesi O M

Jul 8, 2020

Vague. Just vague. Questions as "what is the professor's website called" are what I call egocentric fail.

If you're good, people will come search for you. You don't have to put it among the material which purpose should only be to teach us.

By Supantha R

Aug 2, 2020

It was ok

By J K

Aug 3, 2019

Instructors have abandoned the first four courses in the series. One makes only token appearances in the "capstone." There aren't enough students to get timely required peer reviews in any if the five courses. What could be an excellent course is a scam.

But it is from Michigan State, so integrity is not expected.