Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization

Starts Dec 25

Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization

Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization

Create photographs you will be proud to share.. Build a solid foundation in digital photography, growing in knowledge from camera to composition!

About This 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.

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courses
5 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.

projects
Projects

Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.

certificates
Certificates

Highlight your new skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Cameras, Exposure, and Photography

    Upcoming session: Dec 25
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    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 qual
  2. COURSE 2

    Camera Control

    Upcoming session: Dec 25
    Commitment
    4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    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 setting up Menus and Functions to gain control in your photography, and the di
  3. COURSE 3

    Principles of Photo Composition and Digital Image Post-Production

    Upcoming session: Dec 18
    Commitment
    4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    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
  4. COURSE 4

    Photography Techniques: Light, Content, and Sharing

    Upcoming session: Dec 25
    Subtitles
    English

    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 Ca
  5. COURSE 5

    Photography Capstone Project

    Upcoming session: Mar 5
    Commitment
    Plan on spending more than 5.hrs per week completing each module, much of it making/editing photos
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    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 10 well formed photographs based in your passion for artistic expres

Creators

  • Michigan State University

    The MSU College of Arts and Letters educates actors, artists, designers, filmmakers, linguists, philosophers, poets, teachers, translators, writers and much more in a creative, learning and nurturing environment.

    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.

  • Peter Glendinning

    Peter Glendinning

    Professor
  • Mark Valentine Sullivan

    Mark Valentine Sullivan

    Associate Professor

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