Exposing Digital Photography Lectures by Dan Armendariz. lectures are provided FREE from Harvard Extension School. Thank-you to Harvard University for providing these University video lectures for free.

These lectures are an extension of the Photographic Workshop provided at Morwell Neighbourhood House. The Morwell Workshop covers photographic techniques and basic photographic editing rather than the technical detail. These lectures cover the technical side of Digital Photography if you are interested in learning more about Digital Photography.

Computer Science E-7 is a course at Harvard Extension School. The course strives to offer students a more thorough understanding of digital photography through an exploration of technical, rather than strictly artistic, details. With a better understanding of the limitations and compromises behind digital photography, students will be better prepared for unexpected and dynamic photographic situations.

Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable and easier to use. There are many courses that teach students the artistic aspect of “how to become a better photographer” or “how to improve your eye,” but this is not one of them. Instead, students—from one-time users to professionals—become better photographers through an understanding of the technical aspects and terms of a digital camera. Learn why photos look blurry at night, why color management is important, what the difference between sports mode and portrait mode on the camera’s dial is, and how to manipulate the camera without the need of these modes in the first place.

Topics include exposure and metering, flash, dynamic range, CMOS and CCD sensors, color filter arrays, RAW versus JPEG formats, color spaces and profiles, editing photos with Photoshop, and optical and computational artifacts.

Through lectures and hands-on assignments, students understand the jargon and compromises of digital photography that ultimately expose the workings of digital cameras. You are not required to own a digital camera, but if you do, one with a manual mode and an option for RAW is recommended.

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