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.
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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What is the refund policy?
If you subscribed, you get a 7-day free trial during which you can cancel at no penalty. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. See our full refund policy.
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Each regular course is designed to last 1 month, with Learners having 2 months to complete the Capstone project, a total of 6 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
A new section of this course launches every 2 weeks!
What background knowledge is necessary?
This is an introductory course in photography, for Learners who have any model digital camera from a Smartphone to a DSLR. Experience in photography is not required, but a desire to gain control of the camera to produce successful photographs is!
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, it is important to take the courses in order as each one builds on knowledge conveyed in those previous to it.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Learners who complete all four Regular courses and the Capstone course will be awarded a certificate of completion, signed by the faculty members and authorized by Michigan State University.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Learners who complete the Specialization will be able to complete creative and practical projects in photography utilizing their new knowledge of the foundational principles of photography techniques, composition, and expression. They will be prepared to advance their knowledge in photography in more narrowly focused future coursework or workshops.
What are the roles of the Industry Partners?
Industry Partners are industry-leading providers of photography-related products and services, all of which have been used by Peter or Mark or both in the course of their own practice. The Industry Partners are supporting Coursera Learners who subscribe to the Specialization (all 5 Courses), by providing substantial educational discounts normally only available to full-time students.