The Art and Science of Photography with C.S. DeBose

A guide through the terrain of science and light we call "Photography," and the beautiful visual language we use.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Do you want to learn to make photographs that are beautiful but also deeply meaningful? Visual language and social context give us the extra ingredients we need to deepen our photography and create art. Learning to make strong photographs is not only a fantastic skill but it's also a lifelong practice that can grow with you and deepen your experience of the visual world.

Most of human communication is nonverbal.

The colors, shapes, and symbols we see in the world are a huge part of how we understand reality. I want to teach you all about that.

This course is made up of 7 modules that will give you a strong foundation in photographic technique. We'll explore:

Why we make photos:

  • Photographic foundations
  • Learning to critique

How photographs function:

  • Chiaroscuro technique
  • Design elements

How symbolic are our lives?

  • Line, Shape, and Texture
  • Unity, Dominance, and Balance

Dust, Mist, and Snow:

  • The Exposure Triangle


  • An introduction to Silhouette
  • Reminder of Design elements

Still Life:

  • An introduction to Still Life
  • A brief discussion of color and white balance


  • Self-portraiture

Long Exposure:

  • Color

This course will teach you how to execute specific photographic techniques like Chiaroscuro, Silhouette, and Long Exposure. This course will also teach you how to create photographs with more symbolic depth and meaning.

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in photography
  • An interest in visual language
  • Any kind of camera

What is the target audience?

  • New Photographers
  • Intermediate photographers
  • Hobbyists
  • Experienced photographers who want to add symbolic depth
  • Bloggers who want to create stronger images
  • Parents who want to capture their children more beautifully
  • Travelers who want to photograph where they roam
  • Whiz Kids
  • High school students with an interest in visual art
  • College students with an interest in visual art

What are the requirements?

  • Photography is an active practice. You'll need your own camera but you'll also need to set aside time each week to engage with the assignments of this course. The assignments often require you to go out into the world and make photos.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make great photographs using any kind of camera.
  • Learn to use visual language
  • Practice special techniques

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for students who want to explore the science of light and the visual language of images. No prior photography coursework is necessary.
  • This course is also designed for seasoned photographers who want to deepen their engagement with photographic practice and explore new techniques

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting to know me and the journey we will take!
What's the best camera for this course?
How is this course different from other photography courses?
Meet your instructor!
Section 2: Why do we make photos?
Why do we make photos?
The Art of Photography: Why we make
12 pages
A foundational chat
The Science of Photography: A Closer look at ISO
17 pages
Train your eye: Light!
Section 3: How do photographs function?
How do photographs function?
Introduction to Chiaroscuro: Natural light
The Science of Photography: A closer look at Shutter
11 pages
Lighting for Chiaroscuro: artificial light
Section 4: Symbols and meaning
The Art of Photography: Symbol
17 pages
The Science of Photography: A closer look at Aperture
8 pages
Photography and Social Context
Section 5: Silhouette: Introduction
The Science of photography: Bracketing
7 pages
Train your eye: Silhouette
Section 6: The air isn't always clear, and that's a good thing!
The air is not always clear
The Science of Photography: Fog Rain Snow
14 pages
Train your eye: Snow and Fog
Section 7: More photographic techniques
Macro Photography: A first look
Still Life
Long Exposure
A brief farewell...

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Instructor Biography

Camille S. DeBose, Open your mind and I'll show you some things!

C. S. DeBose is an academic photographer and filmmaker. She has a Masters degree in Sociology and an MFA in Cinema. After teaching for several years at DePaul University and finishing film school she founded SocMedia films with her husband and partner Colin. She now teaches social science, and photography, and makes the occasional film.

If she's not holding a book in her hand, she's holding a camera and if she's not holding a camera she's holding a book. Her favorite pastime is dragging her sons off on photographic adventures and creating awesome visual worlds.

You can find her on flickr and Instagram.

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