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Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Elements of Design: Building Blocks of Composition

A writer must understand what nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and other word forms are, before putting them together in sentences that make sense to a reader. Similarly, an artist must understand the essential elements of design that must be put together to create a composition that will "make sense" to a viewer of their artwork. In this first module you will learn about the Elements of Design so you can understand their functions and use them effectively to guide your viewers to the content you wish to be conveyed by your photographs, whether it be creative, or documentary, regardless of the subject matter....
Reading
12 videos (Total 107 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
Video12 videos
MEET THE PROFESSORS: Peter Glendinning and Mark Sullivan12m
MEET THE COURSE: an overview by Peter...2m
MEET THE COURSE: ...and an overview by Mark3m
MAKING not TAKING pictures.10m
The Process of Composition and the first element, Shape.10m
FORM: the 3-dimensional aspect7m
TEXTURE: the untouched aspect5m
TONE: aka VALUE, the whites, blacks, grays13m
LINE: the visible and the implied10m
PATTERN: recognition of relationships13m
COLOR: rainbow of meanings11m
Reading3 readings
ZONE SYSTEM CHART OF GRAY VALUES & EVs10m
The COLOR WHEEL10m
About Peer Review10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Design Elements 1 quiz8m
Design Elements 2 Quiz8m
Design Elements 3 quiz6m
DESIGN ELEMENTS Final QUIZ20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Composition means putting the Elements of Design together!

Most successful photographs are the result of impactful content, control of exposure and focus, and well designed composition. When you finish the courses and lessons in this Module, you will have the understanding of fundamental principles in those essential areas to begin creating expressions you can be proud of. From the knowledge you gained in Module 1, you can now identify Design Elements that are most significant to you and your content. In this Module, you will learn fundamental principles of organization of those Elements through the purposeful communication that comes from Composition....
Reading
7 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Composition is a "map," balance is bike riding8m
Perspective: Drawing us through space8m
Symmetry: a bike ride straight ahead8m
ASYMMETRY: turning on a bicycle13m
Peter discusses some photographs and compositions9m
Mark discusses some photographs and compositions7m
Reading1 reading
About Peer Review10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Composition Quiz6m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Photo Editing Fundamentals 1.0: "Workflow," from Exposure through Adobe™ Lightroom™ Classic

In this Module you will learn the fundamental elements of "post-production workflow," for image files created with a digital camera. We will cover the fundamental aspects of the widely accepted software tool Lightroom™. Whether you are using a point-and-shoot, mirrorless, compact, or DSLR camera, the resulting pictures are of limited value unless they are organized and edited beyond the camera in a computer-based environment. You will begin learning the "best practices" involved in using the most widely accepted software platforms, and have a foundation from which you can begin the journey of growth in skills in future efforts and studies of "post-production."...
Reading
14 videos (Total 103 min), 1 reading, 8 quizzes
Video14 videos
Lightroom: Importing Files, Catalogues, Naming Files & Directories7m
LibMod: Nav,Cat,Folders,Collec,PubServ4m
LibMod: Quick Dev,Keywords, List, Meta5m
LibMod:Grid,Loupe,Compare,Rename, Find6m
LibMod: Rank,Rate; Collections; Metadata3m
DevMod-Navigator, Presets,Snapshots,History,Collection6m
DevMod-Histogram-Crop,Spot Rm,Red Eye,GradFilt,RadFilt,AdjBrush26m
DevMod-WB,TempTint,Exposure,Contrast,HiLight,Shadow,Whites, Blks;Clar,Vib,Sat8m
DevMod-ToneCurv,HSL-Color-B&W,SplitTone,Detail,LensCor,Efx,CamCalb3m
DevMod-Exporting,ImageSizing6m
Overview: Remaining Modules2m
Map, Book Modules11m
Slideshow,Web Modules7m
Reading1 reading
Address: Free Trial Version of Adobe Lightroom (now called Adobe Lightroom Classic)10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Lightroom: Overview, Importing, Organizing - Summative Quiz12m
Lightroom: Library Module - the Panels - Summative Quiz16m
Lightroom: View Modes, Ranking, Flags, Collections, Meta - Practice Quiz10m
Lightroom: Library Module - Summative Quiz30m
Developer Module - Summative Quiz 18m
Developer Module 2 - Summative Quiz 24m
Lightroom: the Develop Module - Overall Summative Quiz30m
Lightroom - The Remaining Modules -Summative Quiz16m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Photo Editing Fundamentals 2.0: SmartPhone Apps

Whether you are an iPhone, Galaxy, or other SmartPhone user, you know you have an exciting device to use as a camera, but you probably feel that you are not using all of its potential. You will learn how the addition of solid Photo "APPs" can extend the capability of your device, turning it into a powerful photo-editing computer as well as a more sophisticated camera....
Reading
2 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Pixlr Pro-Desktop - VSCO-Pixel - Camera+ - Pixart11m
Reading1 reading
About Peer Review10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
SmartphoneApps - Processing - Summative Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By ATDec 2nd 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.

By CLJul 25th 2016

This was a very interesting and eye opening course for me. So many great techniques I found of such value. Peter & Mark left me with a great feeling of confidence after taken this course

Instructors

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Peter Glendinning

Professor
Art, Art History, & Design
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Mark Valentine Sullivan

Associate Professor
Music / Innovation Hub

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

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. The 'top-10' peer-reviewed Capstone projects each year will be awarded the opportunity for individual reviews, with personal responses, by world renowned photographers who have been honored with the title of Canson-Infinity® Ambassadors. 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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