Without leaving the couch.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of taking your iPhone panoramas to the next level, now’s the time.

Harvard – as in the world’s most famous and prestigious university – is currently offering its online course in digital photography for free.

Run through certified learning site ALISON, the course takes 10-15 hours to complete.

There are 13 modules covering the basics of photography, led by computer scientist and photographer, Dan Armendariz.

To pass the subject, you’ll just need to score 80% or more on your course assessments (this is Harvard, remember?)

The course's modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Introduction to Software
  • Introduction to Light
  • Introduction to Exposure – Part 1
  • Introduction to Exposure – Part 2
  • Introduction to Optics
  • Introduction to Histograms
  • Introduction to Software Tools
  • Introduction to Digital Cameras
  • Introduction to Digital Cameras – Part 2
  • Introduction to Color
  • Introduction to Artifacts
  • Digital Photography Assessment

Easiest Harvard course ever.

Check out the details here.


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