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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 Moutman H A

Jan 27, 2020

This course opened my eyes to many things and technique I did not know about before, I get a lot of benefit from this course.

By Princess S

Dec 29, 2020

One of my favorite courses, with excellent Professors! Thank you Coursera, DOST Philippines, and Michigan university! :)

By Karen W

Feb 4, 2019

a very very helpful class that delves deeper into lighting. the section on copyright and the internet was outstanding

By Mario S P G

Sep 10, 2017

This is an amazing course that teach fundamentals of photography that will improve you photography skills tremendously

By Martin C

Nov 28, 2020

Great Course, awesome and dedicated teachers, I learned like never before in quantity and quality about photography.

By Jason F E

Aug 18, 2020

Another fabulous course, courtesy of professors Glendinning and Sullivan. I can't wait to start the capstone course!


Jul 12, 2021

A great inspiration, a world of photographic knowledge taught by wonderful professors who love doing what they do.

By Mawalle K H M D

Oct 11, 2020

For photographers who'd just started to stretch their legs, the whole package is excellent including this course.

By Sheetal B

Apr 28, 2020

Helping me alot in knowing things and terms I didnt knew earlier and the basics given in the course are the best.

By Sofía V d l T A L

Nov 30, 2020

This course is great! I feel that I know a lot about Photography and I'm very thankful for the lessons received.

By Chiraag M

Jun 29, 2020

World Class Course Lessons from Prof. Peter Glendinning & Prof. Mark S , Its been a great learning experience

By Lisa M

May 30, 2020

Excellent. Learned a great deal of information that can be applied in many situations. Well developed course.

By David T

Aug 11, 2016

A great course which deals brilliantly with a subject I though would be almost impossible to teach online

By Haider A

Jul 8, 2016

It is simply an amazing course. I am truly honor to be a part of such an awesome educational experience.

By Erich G

Sep 7, 2017

This was the most useful and most needed course in the specialty. Many thanks for an excellent program.

By George H

Jan 13, 2019

Principles of Light is a nice course. It is merely an overview to the concept of light in photography.

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.