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When it comes to the list of digital imaging pioneers, Marc Levoy is one of those names that belongs right near the top. His work has led to many of the technical advances that we see in use today with computer generated imagery. So, it's no wonder that he jumped into digital photography. From 2009 until 2014, Levoy taught digital photography at Stanford.

In 2016, he revised the course and taught it again at Google in Spring. Now, the entire revised course is available online completely free. The course assumes no prior knowledge of photography whatsoever. It covers pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about photography. Covering a multitude of technical aspects from the basics to extremely in-depth.

There's hours and hours of video covering Levoy's lectures to Google over a 4 month period. Several web based apps are there, too, to help understand some of the trickier technical concepts of photography. He also provides several assignments to help you challenge yourself and put what you've learned to good use.

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With a quick browse it seems very comprehensive and full of some technical details that I am sorely lacking in. The more I browse around the more I like it. Very interesting on a general history of photography and quite a bit of depth on the technical side. A look at the course assignments show they greatly enhance any camera users skill and knowledge. Maybe i can get motivated to go through this whole thing step by step and really catch up on some of the skills I'm lacking.
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thanks for sharing looks cool and helpful
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Looks interesting and can't beat the price. Thanks!
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[Update on September 6, 2016: this course seems to be popular, causing Google Drive to temporarily refuse to serve
some of the lecture videos. If you get an error message that says, "Unable to play video at this time" when you click on Play
for a lecture, you can instead access the video on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/marclevoy/videos.

That said, some of the videos have been flagged by YouTube as violating copyright and even blocked in some countries.
The problem is that YouTube doesn't know these are lectures, which ought to fall under "fair use". If you can't find a particular
lecture on YouTube in your country, you might need to come back here and wait for Google Drive to resume serving that video.]
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Thanks for the link. Some good information there. I've been meaning to brush up on my photo taking skills since I bought that Cannon i6, that "I just have to have". haha
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Thanks for the link. Some good information there. I've been meaning to brush up on my photo taking skills since I bought that Cannon i6, that "I just have to have". haha
I'm telling if you follow through on his little assignments your skills will improve. They just about cover everything and offer a step by step guide of shooting techniques from easy to hard. First one is a little weird as he wants you to take bad pictures. Bad in particular ways. Thinking about it it makes perfect sense and is in my opinion a stroke of genius . Start out by actively doing what you do wrong but intentionally. About a good starting step as you can make.
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Google.com is Offering Digital Photography Course By Prof. Marc Levoy for FREE. Course is Include 18 lectures + Videos. An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. Exclusions apply

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