Stanford professor launches free college-level digital photography course
A Stanford professor publishing his entire course for free. Sounds too good to be true, right? Have no fear, because it really happened.
Marc Levoy is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford. His profile on the Stanford website tells me that he recently retired from the institution after five years in favor of leading a team at Google – more specifically, working on photography projects at Google Research. , including Google Glass, Nexus Smartphones and Android. . When he moved, he was initially teaching a revised version of his Stanford course. Now this course is available online absolutely free. The outline describes the course as an introduction to “scientific, artistic and computer aspects of digital photography”. Composed of video recordings of 18 of his lectures, the course covers topics such as:
- Lenses and optics
- Light and sensors
- Optical effects
- Perspective and depth of field
- Sampling and noise
- Image processing and editing
As you would expect with any college course, there are various apps and homework out there for you to really put your knowledge to the test. If you want to improve your technical knowledge, you can find the course here.