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Harvard University

Exposing Digital Photography

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Welcome to Digital Media E-10: Exposing Digital Photography, offered Fall 2015 at Harvard University's Extension School.

This course explores the artistic aspects, scientific foundations, and techniques of digital photography with the goals of enabling students to expand their knowledge of photography as an art form, to develop a deeper and broader understanding of the scientific basis of photography, to improve their photographic technique, and to effectively use photographic software tools. Although the primary focus is on digital photography, many concepts apply to other photographic disciplines including film and video. Topics include quality of light, exposure control, depth of field, aesthetics, composition and patterns, perspective, color science, the human visual system, spatial and color perception, exposure, metering, digital sensors, optics, analogies to biological systems, color filter arrays, file formats, sensor linearity, color spaces and profiles, optical and computational image artifacts, and software tools and techniques for modification and enhancement. Through lectures, hands-on assignments, and critiques, students expand their understanding of digital photography while exploring their creativity to broaden the possibilities and improve the quality of their photographs. Upon successful completion of the course, students can expect to take photographs with an intuition of the camera's behavior, and its limitations, and an ability to think critically about light and the resulting appearance of a photograph.

Students should have access to a camera with a manual mode and an option for RAW for the duration of the course.


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  • Well structured, expertly presented. "Techy" where & where that seemed appropriate; otherwise, the instructor seemed to effectively tie principles to photographic performance and results. I have been US government trained but learned new facts in this course. Well done.
  • Anonymous
    2 of the videos are not available, could you please check? The course really makes no sense if the first and third videos are missing...
  • Hello, thanks for this platform, I really appreciate it, this is a unique means for learning some new, in Addy to what I know before, I would be grateful to have more idea.
  • Renan Oliveira
    Este curso é ótimo para quem quer saber um pouco mais sobre fotográfia. Para aqueles que querem saber um pouco mais sobre a parte teorica e até mesmo técnica, este curso vai te levar ao caminho certo!
  • One of the best platforms I have ever found. Awesome courses. At first I thought that it is a free online course so how would it be. But I was wrong.
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    Alaa Mahmoud
    Excellent for people who are looking for qualification in this field and it will be a great chance for people to see the difference between the work experience and the best practices of the same field
  • It is good for poor people because they are not eligible for this type of course and this types of course are really expensive

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