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: Lensbaby, LensPen, Lume Cube, Photo District News, PhotoVideoEdu.com, and Think Tank.
第 1 门课程
Cameras, Exposure, and Photography
Upcoming session: 5月 2 — 6月 6. A new session begins every 3 weeks.
Welcome to Course One of Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR! In these first 4 Modules you will gain the knowledge and the confidence that will help you make good choices as you consider qualities of the camera you own, and the qualities of the other types of digital cameras you might be considering. You will learn about the basic functions that most digital cameras have in common. You will also go beyond the “technical” matters and learn about how you can make exciting pictures by emphasizing the aspects of Frame and Vantage Point to interpret old subjects in new ways. Discovering accessories that photographers find useful, and the types of camera bags from mini to carry-on sized, is also in store for you. You will also make your first photographs and, if you are a subscriber to the specialization, upload pictures to the web gallery and start interacting with your fellow learners in our “Gallery.” Let’s get started with Module One!
第 2 门课程
Upcoming session: 5月 2 — 6月 6. A new session begins every 3 weeks.
课程学习时间 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Welcome to Course Two of Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR! Now that you have a broad understanding of the various types of cameras, the importance of seeing up Menus and Functions to gain control in your photography, and the difference between Auto and Program exposure modes, you are ready to move into even greater Camera Control!
In these 4 Modules we will concentrate on gaining the knowledge necessary to make use of Exposure Modes, Light Metering, Effects of various ISO settings, Lens options, using Shutter Speeds to convey aspects of Time in both documentary and creative ways, and exploring the controlled focus effects that Depth of Field Principles make possible. You will also continue to make new photographs and, if you are a subscriber to the specialization, upload pictures to the web gallery and continue interacting with your fellow learners in our “Gallery.” Let’s get started with Module One!
第 3 门课程
Principles of Photo Composition and Digital Image Post-Production
Current session: 4月 25 — 5月 30. A new session begins every 3 weeks.
Welcome to Course THREE! In the first two Modules you will gain a more professional-level understanding of the Design Elements that artists have used throughout history to create successful compositions. Arranging the Elements in ways that lead viewers through their compositions is an essential craft for photographers no matter whether their subject matter is pure documentary or vividly exotic personal expression. In Modules 3 & 4 we survey the essential elements of post-photography image management, using Adobe(tm) LIGHTROOM(tm). Image adjustment software designed for Smartphone photographers rounds out the Course. Since even photographers whose mainstay is a high-end DSLR also must admit to Smartphone use occasionally, and photographers who only use a Smartphone will usually admit that they want to step over to a “regular” camera at some point, there is something for everyone here! Let’s get started with Module One!
第 4 门课程
Seeing the Light, Envisioning the Content, Sharing in Print & Online
于 May 2016 开始
Welcome to Course FOUR! In Modules 1-4 we 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! In Course Four you will start with a survey of content in photography, from fact to fiction, documentary to purely expressive. Next we will look at the essential element of Light, in Ambient/Natural settings and then in Controlled Continuous and Strobe situations. We’ll end the Course 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. 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 an important subject to end up with too! Let’s get started with Module One!
于 June 2016 开始
The Capstone Project is your opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge you have gained through our journey in learning about photography, to develop a meaningful project of 8-10 well formed photographs based in your passion for artistic expression, or a subject for documentary exploration, insightful portraiture, imaging for work-related subjects, or some other aspect of photography. We are confident that it will be a project that you will be excited to share with fellow Learners!
You and your fellow learners will be supporting each other as you work independently, by sharing your work-in-progress at a mid-point Peer Review. At the mid-point you will share comments and suggestions with each other, helping your fellow Learners gauge their own progress. By expressing your own ideas and expectations about quality in response to their work, you will be forming your own criteria of excellence as well.
When the Capstone Projects are ready to be finalized and shared, you will have another opportunity for Peer Review. This final opportunity for sharing your photographs and comments with peers, and reflecting on their comments about your photos, will be an exciting learning experience. Your contribution of comments to fellow Learners will not only help them understand their photographs better, but it will give you an opportunity to use the vocabulary of terms that are related to techniques, design principles, and content approaches that you have learned through your success in each of the previous Modules.
A unique aspect of this Specialization is that everyone who completes the requirements will receive, in addition to their Certificate of Specialization from Michigan State University, substantial discounts on equipment, accessories, and membership benefits through Industry Partners from among the premier manufacturers of photography equipment: LensPen, Lume Cube lighting, Photo District News, Schneider Optics, Think Tank Cases/Bags, and a 1-year membership in PhotoVideoEdu.com providing special student discounts from 16 more major manufacturers. 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.