About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
61%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
17%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
61%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
17%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Cameras, Exposure, and Photography

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2,176 ratings
606 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Camera Control

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988 ratings
229 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Principles of Photo Composition and Digital Image Post-Production

4.7
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668 ratings
145 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Photography Techniques: Light, Content, and Sharing

4.8
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509 ratings
122 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Each regular course is designed to last 1 month, with Learners having 2 months to complete the Capstone project, a total of 6 months.

  • A new section of this course launches every 2 weeks!

  • This is an introductory course in photography, for Learners who have any model digital camera from a Smartphone to a DSLR. Experience in photography is not required, but a desire to gain control of the camera to produce successful photographs is!

  • Yes, it is important to take the courses in order as each one builds on knowledge conveyed in those previous to it.

  • Learners who complete all four Regular courses and the Capstone course will be awarded a certificate of completion, signed by the faculty members and authorized by Michigan State University.

  • Learners who complete the Specialization will be able to complete creative and practical projects in photography utilizing their new knowledge of the foundational principles of photography techniques, composition, and expression. They will be prepared to advance their knowledge in photography in more narrowly focused future coursework or workshops.

  • Industry Partners are industry-leading providers of photography-related products and services, all of which have been used by Peter or Mark or both in the course of their own practice. The Industry Partners are supporting Coursera Learners who subscribe to the Specialization (all 5 Courses), by providing substantial educational discounts normally only available to full-time students.

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