Harvard Digital Photography


Dan Armendariz
Preceptor in Computer Science at Harvard
Software Development Engineer for Amazon Web Services

Harvard has requested removal of this course from Alison– if you have already registered, you have until February 15, 2017 to complete this course for certification.

If it sounded too good to be true, that’s because it was. This is a short-lived opportunity, nonetheless, I will be buckling down and speeding on through. Follow along for certification, or use this as a reference if you would like.

Module 1: Introduction to Digital Photography
Module 2: Introduction to Software
Module 3: Introduction to Light
Module 4: Introduction to Exposure – Part 1
Module 5: Introduction to Exposure – Part 2
Module 6: Introduction to Optics
Module 7: Introduction to Histograms
Module 8: Introduction to Software Tools
Module 9: Introduction to Digital Cameras
Module 10: Introduction to Digital Cameras – Part 2
Module 11: Introduction to Color
Module 12: Introduction to Artifacts
Module 13: Digital Photography Assessment

There are 13 Modules– at first glance it appears to be 12 lectures, each with a PDF document of the presentation slides. Each lecture module is broken down into segments, watch the video to complete each segment of the module.

As he will tell the class in the video,
the course breakdown is as follows:

Lecture 1: Welcome!
Lecture 2: Software Tools & Light
Lecture 3: Exposure
Lecture 4: Exposure (continued)
Lecture 5: Optics
Lecture 6: The Histogram
Lecture 7: Software Tools (continued)
Lecture 8: Assignment Slideshow
Lecture 9: Digital Cameras
Lecture 10: Digital Cameras (continued)
Lecture 11: Color
Lecture 12: Artifacts
Lecture 13: Even More Software Tools
Lecture 14: Assignment Slideshow II

These are videos of a Harvard Computer Science E-7 class, they do not address the camera or the expectation of outside students looking in.
This course is not structured particularly well for this online system, perhaps that is partially why they are removing it so soon.

Much of the talk in these first modules is only relevant to the class of Harvard students in the video, heavily ridden with product placement and rants about how expensive Photography equipment is, or just not particularly necessary.

They do inform you that this is a Computer Science course, not an art course.

I will select important bits from the course documents for reference, but I can already tell you the notes for the Stanford course will be much more informative. Time is of the essence in this course, so I will give you the short, short version.