Learn World-class Photography with this Free Online Course from a Stanford Professor

Most of the top professors in the world are found in the some of the best universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, etc. Naturally, it makes sense but it also means that a huge part of the world’s population is deprived of the top-notch knowledge apprised from the brightest of minds.

One of such bright minds happens to be a professor from Stanford. Marc Levoy is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford. He also leads a team in Google Research that works on computational photography and remains one of the world’s most known graphic researchers today. He was a professor of Digital Photography at Stanford from 2009 to 2014 and this year, he also taught the same Digital Photography course at Google in Spring.


Fortunately, Levoy believes in spreading as much knowledge as he possibly can. That’s why he has made his whole course available online for free.

Digital Photography by Marc Levoy

The full Digital Photography course consists of a total of 18 video lectures. Each lecture is around over an hour and can also be found over on Marc Levoy’s YouTube channel.


The course is basically an introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. It aims to teach you how cameras work and help you to take better pictures with them.

The course requires no prior knowledge of photography or programming. All that is required is some basic knowledge mathematics so you can handle basic formulas and some integration.


  • 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
  • Computational photography.

Interested? You can head over to the course’s page to start learning or go to Levoy’s YouTube channel to watch the lecture videos directly.

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