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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!...

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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.


Jul 20, 2019

Did not expected. The information in this course was the click I was waiting for... get you to get money from your passion (if you want to). And Do´s and dont´s of sharing online... 100% Satisfied

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By Doyle B

Aug 19, 2020

Very informative course only let down by the poor standard of some of the Peer reviews which I think in some part due to language issues which is also reflected in people's submissions of assignments. On a regular basis it is quite evident that the Learner has not understood the assignment or given it the level of effort that you would hope they would give. That said some excellent submissions by fellow student and I have created an account on as recommended to see a number of websites that have used/ abused my pictures.


May 8, 2020

It is very interesting but I have some details to improve. I was very surprised by the medium / low quality of the video in the lessons. As photography enthusiasts we demand better quality, in light, focus and graphic composition.

I miss more emphasis on photography than print or web, that's important, I know, but personally I prefer to talk more about content, messages, composition ...

By Paul

Mar 6, 2019

Great intro into this aspect of photography. There is so much to explore through these topics so it is impossible to cover all bases, however the foundations of flash are enough to equip the avid photographer with the skills to explore and experiment successfully. A great addition with the sharing content segments and protecting intellectual property.

By Antonia T B

Mar 9, 2019

This course is great. You learn a lot. The teachers are amazing. BUT, hardly nobody is reviewing the assignments. It's very frustrating to do your assignment and have to wait many days for getting a grade or even a certificate because not enough people are reviewing the assignments. Many students had the same concern. Otherwise, the course is great.

By Foad S

Jan 12, 2022

W​onderful content and lessons, expecially on usnig the flash. I used to take the flash as the Great Flattener of dimensions reserved only for absolute necessity. Now I understand the artistic potential of it. THANK YOU! I would've given 5 stars if it weren't for the editing of some of the videos—unedited slips and occassional low quality sound.

By Grace V

Apr 18, 2020

I learn more from Professor Sullivan; I feel his inputs or portion of the lessons for this course and others have tangible, practical tools to help. However, in this series, the editing could have been better - he had to restart again a few times- it was odd because I had not heard that previously.