If you’re looking for a full 1.5 hour class explanation on histograms, or want to freshen up on a 2-class examination of exposure techniques and definitions, or really just like learning a new art and have yet to dabble with digital photography beyond your cameraphone (don’t get me wrong, those lenses are sophisticated too these days!), check out this online course from Harvard’s Extension School and Dan Armendariz: Exposing Digital Photography (PDF slide assets hosted on this link as well!).
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.
[via Open Culture]