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The Art of Photography

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You will learn about photography as a visual art practice, and how this can help you to become an engaging and active photographer. You will explore the work and concepts of contemporary photographic artists, which may trigger a new interest in what you photograph. In addition to this, you will also learn some of the practical skills required to further explore photography in exciting and creative ways. Finally, we look at the idea of a “digital darkroom” and explore ways that you can further your interest in photography through post-production knowledge and techniques.

What will I learn?
  • How to understand exposure and digital capture
  • The “language” of creative expression and how this can improve your own photography
  • Identify pixels and levels and how they construct a photographic image
  • How to use key features on your digital camera
  • What is RAW, and the reasons why you should use it
  • The key contemporary photographic narratives, and ways in which they can help you think about your own photography
  • How a lens draws the image, and how this can help you make more effective compositions
  • How aperture and shutter speed works
  • How to understand some of the tools and functions of image editing software
  • How to navigate some of the hardware choices available to contemporary photographers
  • Ways to consider what kind of photographer you might be, and ways this can help you to determine subject matter
Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Artist
  • Professional photographer
  • Creative professional



Taught by

Dr Shane Hulbert


4.0 rating, based on 27 Class Central reviews

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  • Keith Okan
    I found this course to be more on the ethereal spectrum. Most of the topics were geared towards using software to enhance a photo rather than placement and what to do with your camera. I am still looking for that course that delves into more basic…
  • Patate Poilue
    This course helped me learn the correct terms and acquire more knowledge on how to properly use my digital camera. I also know more on how to properly edit my pictures and I've learned about various important photographers and photography genres.

    After completing this course, I feel more critic of my pictures and confident to try and exploit what I've learned and to push it further.
  • I found this course to be informative and helpful. The instructor was very knowledgeable. However I found the quizzes to be informative, but at the same time the assessments were somewhat biased and will not declare you "finished" unless you got 100% on everything.
  • Apostolos K.
    Nice, short, course on the topic. Follows the open2study format which at times seems constraining. Discussions are quite dependent on who else is in the course. I liked the photo camera simulation. Nice touch!
  • The course is clear and for each module (four modules) you have some reference information: links and books to study in deep the subject. I think to be an intermediate photographer but Dr. Hulbert always gives useful information. I discovered some contemporary tendencies I could not imagine.
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    Dmitry Rukhlenko
    Unfortunately, very basic. Suitable absolutely only for dummies. Also the lecturer images are not inspiring at all. Anyway, thanks for effort!
  • Jade
    An interesting course with some good references. The best part of the course is the interaction with students on their google+ page and being inspired by everyone's photos.
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  • Anonymous
    This course is focused from the very basic concepts of photography, to Photoshop elements. It is very complete and lucrative. Enjoy it!
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  • Atiya Ansari
  • It is a great course for those who intent to improve their skills in photography! Thank you for this opportunity!
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