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Making Science and Engineering Pictures: A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work - Massachusetts Institute of Technology



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Learn from an award-winning master photographer how to create stunning images of science and engineering.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: While previous experience with a camera will be helpful, it is not essential. Assignments will require some access to equipment; please refer to the course description for full information.


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In this six-week course, you will learn the basics of photography and gain intriguing new perspectives on the visual world.  The course will include video tutorials, accompanied by photography assignments. Learners will upload their images to small, online working groups for discussion and review.  You will discover how subtle changes in lighting, composition, and background contribute to creating more compelling images that help communicate science visually. The course also includes interviews with noteable image makers and art directors.   While previous experience with a camera will be helpful, it is not essential. In order to complete the course assignments, you will need access to a single-lens reflex camera (a camera that can accept interchangeable lenses), a 105 macro lens, a flatbed scanner, and a smartphone or tablet with camera. Learners without access to this equipment can still benefit from the course concepts. However, full participation in the image making assignments will create more meaningful hands-on experience.

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Felice Frankel Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with additional support from Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,  was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Research Fellow in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School’s Department of  Systems Biology.