Image Formation 
Image Formation
by Stanford
Video Lecture 1 of 18
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Date Added: July 23, 2017

Lecture Description

This is one of 18 videos representing lectures on digital photography, from a version of my Stanford course CS 178 that was recorded at Google in Spring 2016. Links to all 18 videos, my slides (in PDF form), and the course applets and assignments are on the Schedule page of the course web site:

For convenience, here is a playlist of all 18 lectures, in order:

Note that the quality of the audio is poor in this lecture (#1) due to an inferior microphone; subsequent lectures have better audio.

Regarding captioning and translation, all of the lectures have auto-captioning enabled. This also enables auto-translation if you switch the captioning language. The quality of this captioning is uneven, and is probably poor in lecture #1 due to its inferior audio quality. People are welcome to help me by captioning these lectures - in English or whatever language they speak!

To help caption this lecture, follow this link:
To help caption all of these lectures, follow this link:

Finally, I apologize for being unable to field the many good technical questions these lectures are generating, including many that I am receiving through other channels. Given my day job at Google, I simply cannot afford the time. I am sorry!

Course Index

Course Description

An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. 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, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photographs.

This course is based on CS 178 (Digital Photography), which I taught at Stanford from 2009 through 2014. I revised and taught the course again at Google in Spring of 2016, and these web pages are from the Google version. The course consists of 18 lectures. The topics, with dates, are given in the course schedule. The lectures were delivered live on Google's Mountain View campus, broadcast live to Google offices around the world, and recorded for later playback. The videos linked into these web pages are from those recordings, edited slightly to remove discussion of Google internal projects. Keynote slides from these lectures were converted to PDF files and linked into the schedule after each lecture.


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