Professional photographers, amateur photographers, and hobbyists all share a goal: to create the best photographs possible. In this course you will learn what makes a photo “good.” You will discover how to determine your purpose in creating a photo. You will then go out into the field to capture your own set of photos. Throughout the course you will refine your photographic eye through practice and critique of your work and the work of others. Using the fundamentals of photography, you will go back in the field to retake and improve your best images. By the end of this course you will have developed the ability to visualize the world as a photographer and use the fundamentals to improve your confidence in taking pictures.
Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.
Key Course Takeaways
Create photos for specific results
Control what your photo looks like by choosing your subject, composition, perspective, lighting, editing, camera, and lens
Review your photos, identify opportunities to improve them, and retake them to get better results
Associate Professor, Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Barry Perlus is an artist and educator who employs photography and digital imaging in his artistic practice. His work embodies a keen interest in observation and interpretation, using elements of scale, perspective, light, color, and abstraction to create new interpretations.
In recent projects, Perlus has been using panoramic imaging techniques as a departure from conventional pictorial space. With this approach, he developed a multimedia website about the large-scale astronomical observatories built in India by Jai Singh in the early 18th century. His long-standing interest in science has been an influence on other projects, including a current exploration of deep forest spaces at night.
Perlus received his M.F.A. in photography from Ohio University in 1984 and B.A. Undergraduate Scholar from Case Western Reserve University in 1972.