Knowledge is Power

Listening to: Knowledge is Power by Schoolhouse Rock

Knowledge is power and it can command obedience.
Knowledge is a ruler and wealth is its subject
— Imam Ali (599-661 CE) Nahj Al-Balagha

With $10,000 and counting in student loan debt from Drexel University for teaching me all the wonders of marriage propaganda– as the school called it: “English” and as the professor called it: “Jedi training” of which I learned neither— this reporter wonders what Imam Ali would have thought about modern American education.

For those of you still feeling the Bern, your dreams of free College for All may have been shattered, mocked, and defecated on… but fear not, for the knowledge that you seek, remains in abundance.

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Alison offers over 750 programs in 9 categories of free courses open to the public:

Diploma courses
Business and Enterprise Skills
Digital Literacy and IT Skills
Personal Development and Soft Skills
Languages
Health and Safety and Compliance
Health Literacy
Financial and Economic Literacy
and courses from various School Curriculum

This reporter will be studying with Alison
we hope you will join us on Knowledge is Power
As a Film & Video student, I will be focusing on Harvard’s Digital Photography course recently made available in its entirety.

To get us started with some quick modules– the Adobe Creative Suite is a go-to for pro-sumer digital design software:

Photoshop – for image editing and compositing

After Effects – for cinematic visual effects and motion graphics

Alison does not offer a course for Adobe Premiere Professional video production and editing software, but if you are familiar with Adobe, the Creative Cloud is fully integrated for easy use across all platforms.

Harvard Digital Photography
Hosted by Alison: a free certified learning community

ALISON’s free online photo course gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor and lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software. You will also learn tips and techniques on what not to do when taking a photograph.

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

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

This 13 module course includes approximately 10-15 hours of material, optional photography assignments and graded assessments, concluding with certification for students scoring over 80%

For an Ivy League education at none of the cost, Alison is your new best friend, but Harvard’s Dan Armendariz is merely following in the footsteps of Stanford’s Marc Levoy, who’s Digital Photography course became available online to the public back in 2016–

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Stanford Digital Photography

Marc Levoy
Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford
Principal Engineer at Google

Course schedule

lecture1-21mar16
lecture2-23mar16
lecture3-28mar16
lecture4-30mar16
lecture5-04apr16
lecture6-06apr16
lecture7-11apr16
lecture8-13apr16
lecture9-18apr16
lecture10-20apr16
lecture11-25apr16
lecture12-02may16
lecture13-04may16
lecture14-09may16
lecture15-16may16
lecture16-18may16
lecture17-23may16
lecture18-01jun16

Applets

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operation-of-a-thin-lens
gaussian-lens-formula
depth-of-field
telephoto-zoom-lens
spatial-convolution
phase-detection
contrast-detection
color-theory
color-matching
chromaticity-diagrams
gamut-mapping
color-mixing
gamma-correction
cylindrical-panoramas

Assignments

assign1-bad-photos
assign2-sports-and-action
assign3-macro
assign4-architecture
assign5-still-life
assign6-landscape
assign7-night-color
assign8-portraiture

Best photos from assignments

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