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Subtitles: French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, English, Spanish

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

38%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

17%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 24 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, English, Spanish

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Michigan State University

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

The Content of a Photograph

5 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 48 min)
7 videos
MEET THE PROFESSORS: Peter Glendinning and Mark Sullivan12m
MEET THE COURSE: an overview by Mark and Peter6m
The Portrait: document and image8m
The Landscape: document and image7m
The Still Life: document and image4m
The Tableau and Manipulated Landscape: fictions5m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz - Portrait and Landscape Genres30m
Practice Quiz - Genres of Still Life, Landscape, and Portrait30m
Portrait, Landscape, Still Life, Tableau - Summative Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Light Fundamentals 1.0: People, Places, Things under Ambient Light

5 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Light: Colors and Color Temperature Theory4m
Tips and Techniques: People and Ambient Light6m
Tips and Techniques: Landscapes, Cityscapes, Interior-scapes, Things, and Ambient Lighti4m
Tips And Techniques: Things and Ambient Light3m
1 reading
Refresher on composition terms10m
3 practice exercises
Quiz - Light, Energy, Color30m
Practice Quiz - Ambient Light & People &Landscapes30m
Summative Quiz - Ambient Light30m
Week
3

Week 3

8 hours to complete

Light Fundamentals 2.0: People, Places, Things under Controlled Light

8 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 110 min), 1 reading, 7 quizzes
12 videos
Controlled Light: Basic Principles 23m
Camera Flash types/functions: Part 112m
Camera Flash types/functions: Part 28m
Camera Flash types/functions: Part 2.59m
Flash and the Focal Plane Shutter15m
A brief Flash Review!4m
Flash tools11m
Kitchen Table Studio: a copy stand for flat artwork/documents13m
Kitchen Table Studio: Lighting an Object Part 18m
Kitchen Table Studio: Lighting an Object Part 25m
Lighting a Person: in daylight!6m
1 reading
Links for Dr. Harold Edgerton,10m
6 practice exercises
Light Quiz 130m
Light Quiz 230m
Flash Types30m
Flash Quiz30m
Practice Makes Perfect Quiz30m
Kitchen Table Lighting Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Finishing Pictures: Options for Showing and Sharing

5 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 145 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
12 videos
Calibrating for consistency: theory and monitor11m
OUTSOURCING to Learn About Printing Basics14m
Calibrating for consistency: the printer11m
Printmaking 1.0: Printers14m
Printmaking 2.0: Inks, Papers, and other materials19m
Kitchen Table Studio: dry-mounting a print Part 16m
Kitchen Table Studio: dry-mounting a print Part 27m
Photo Sharing Sites: Do's and Don'ts!12m
Your Photo Website: Part 111m
Your Photo Website: Part 28m
Copyright: Protecting what is yours16m
3 readings
Social Media Image Sizing Tips from JD LAB10m
Copyright tips from www.Pixsy.com10m
Capstone advice from fellow Learners10m
3 practice exercises
Practice makes perfect quiz!30m
Calibration Quiz30m
Sharing Online Quiz30m

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About the Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization

Whether your camera is a Smartphone or DSLR, a Compact or Mirrorless model, you will learn to gain control of exposure and understand fundamentals of composition, while exploring documentary and creative concepts to make the kinds of photographs you have always wanted. This Specialization covers a broad range of fundamental principles in photography, from camera control to principles of composition and creativity, providing you with a foundation for growth in making photographs you’ll be proud to share. In the Capstone you will develop a final project of photographs related to your individual needs, whether practical or purely expressive, and share ongoing feedback with fellow learners. In addition to the awarding of a Certificate of Specialization from Michigan State University, each Learner who subscribes to and completes the entire Specialization, including Capstone, will receive substantial discounts on equipment, accessories, and membership benefits through Industry Partners from among the premier manufacturers of photography equipment: Fracture, Gary Fong, Gyst, Lensbaby, LensPen, Lume Cube, Photo District News, PhotoVideoEdu.com, Pixsy, and Think Tank....
Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR

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