I'd like to recommend to everyone this great series of lectures about photography: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7d...
The lecturer is Marc Levoy, former University of Stanford professor, currently photo-guru at Google. He is in charge of improving the photo capabilities of Android phones! :)
The course itself is based on a Stanford lecture and was delivered to Google employees. It covers really a broad spectrum of topics, starting from history of art and photography, through composition, photo parameters, ending on lens physics! Sometimes it's a little bit math and physics heavy - for me this was super interesting, but you may want to skip those parts. And of course it's quite long, I'm currently after 5 videos.
I don't think there are more comprehensive and free courses available online. You can find a lot of additional materials on his website: sites.google.com/site/marclevo... . I especially recommend the "applets" section on the left. There are wonderful small flash programs that illustrate various mechanisms, like how does depth of field work: sites.google.com/site/marclevo...
I hope you like it!
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