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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stanford Professor puts his entire digital photography course online for free

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.

It’s a whole hell of a lot of stuff to read and watch. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s well worth watching it all.

You can find the entire course for free here. If you have any interest at all in the technical side of photography (you should), then what are you waiting for? Get stuck in!

UPDATE : If you get the “can’t view now” error, see this workaround.

UPDATE 2 : If you’re still having problems viewing, you can also see all the videos over on Marc’s YouTube channel. Thank you, Marc, for the tip.