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6 Free Online Course to Expand Your Knowledge of Photography

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the subtle art of photography, or how to analyze photographs in their historical context? Whether you’re a seasoned camera veteran or a beginner, photography skills may never be out of fashion in today’s hyper-vigilant world. Here are some great (and free) online photography courses to help get your lens focused and your career on track.



Seeing Through Photographs

Start Date: October 2, 2017

Created by: The Museum of Modern Art

This course is geared toward those interested in general photography and involves analyzing photographs and understanding the ways they are used. Incorporates an historical and social context.

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Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing

Start Date: September 18, 2017

Created by: Northwestern University

Interested in processing both images and video for science or commercial fields? This course will offer students a framework for understanding the mathematics behind processing and the tools necessary to master it.


Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century: The Camera Never Lies

Start Date: September 18, 2017

Created by: University of London, Royal Holloway

Offers students a chance to explore the impact and limitations of photography as a medium during the 20th century. History aficionados will enjoy this course’s stark take on historical context and war imagery from this time period.

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Europeana Space: Creative with Digital Heritage

Start Date: October 9, 2017

Created by: KU Leuven University

A unique course giving students the chance to learn creative aspects of “digital cultural heritage” and how to apply it in useful ways. For those interested in preserving cultural heritage through a wealth of formats.



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Making Science and Engineering Pictures: A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work


Created by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This archived course teaches the tools needed to convey scientific images and findings comprehensively and assertively. Communication via photography and digital imaging is also incorporated.

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The Art of Photography

Start Date: October 16, 2017

Created by: RMIT University

For those compelled by learning the basics of photography as a visual aid and becoming a more engaging photographer. Furthers students’ understanding of technical and practical elements of photography.




Nick Irvin is a 3rd year undergraduate studying at UC Davis. He enjoys reading, writing, and golfing.

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