The course is taught by professor Marc Levoy, Ph.D. (a man behind the Frankencamera project) who also co-designed the Google book scanner and launched Google’s Street View project. Professor Levoy generously published his syllabus online so you can access it and learn photography the way Stanford students learn it. How awesome is that? Access the class website here. You can see lectures his students get, readings they have to do, and assignments they need to turn in. You can even see each survey they need to fill in. OR you can check out what their midterm and final exam will cover. How helpful is that?
Professor Levoy’s class description:
An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography – how digital cameras work, how to take good pictures using them, and how to manipulate these pictures afterwards. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, history of photography, and computational photography. We’ll also survey the history of photography and look at the work of famous photographers.
As you will notice, he requires his students to use London’s Photography (10th ed.) book as the main reference. I wrote about that book in 10 Books Every Photographer Should Have. That is a great book. Trust me!
What to say? This website is a treasure site for people who are trying to learn more about photography. Go get some free photography education! See the Stanford final exam and check out solutions and let me know what you think! Thank you professor Levoy!