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Exposing Digital Photography

Course Summary

This course is based on Computer Science E-7: Exposing Digital Photography, Fall 2009 made available by Dan Armendariz of Harvard University. under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
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.

Exposing Digital Photography
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Reading Material

1. The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 1)
The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 1)
Ansel Adams, Robert Baker
Bulfinch Press (1995)
ISBN: 0821221841

2. The Negative (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 2)
The Negative (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 2)
Ansel Adams, Robert Baker
Bulfinch Press (1995)
ISBN: 0821221868

3. Exposure & Lighting For Digital Photographers Only
Exposure & Lighting For Digital Photographers Only
Michael Meadhra, Charlotte K. Lowrie
Wiley Press (2006)
ISBN: 9780470038697

4. The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
Scott Kelby
New Riders Press (2009)
ISBN: 9780321580092

Course Material

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Other Resources

1. Complete digital photography
Complete digital photography
Ben Long
Edition 3
Cengage Learning, 2005
ISBN: 1584503564, 9781584503569
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2. The Digital Photography Companion
The Digital Photography Companion
Derrick Story
O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2008
ISBN: 0596517661, 9780596517663
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3. Digital photography: the missing manual
Digital photography: the missing manual
Chris Grover, Barbara Brundage, David Pogue
O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2006
ISBN: 0596008414, 9780596008413
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4. Digital Photography Expert Techniques
Digital Photography Expert Techniques
Ken Milburn
Edition 2
O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2006
ISBN: 0596526903, 9780596526900
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5. The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3
The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3
Scott Kelby
Peachpit Press, 2009
ISBN: 0321617657, 9780321617651
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Software

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