Photography Capstone Project

This course is part of a Specialization (series of courses) called Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR.

The Capstone Project is your opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge you have gained through our journey in learning about photography, to develop a meaningful project of 10 well formed photographs based in your passion for artistic expression, or a subject for documentary exploration, insightful portraiture, imaging for work-related subjects, or some other aspect of photography. We are confident that it will be a project that you will be excited to share with fellow Learners, and with Professors Peter Glendinning and Mark Sullivan too! A unique feature of this Course is the individual review and responsive input you will receive directly from Peter or Mark, who will be viewing your pictures and making evaluations of all projects at the end of the Capstone. You should plan on spending more time on this Course per week than any other in this Specialization, and much of it will be in making photographs. During the entire period of development, you and your fellow learners will be supporting each other as you work independently, by sharing your work-in-progress from the initial Project Plan to the final Portfolio. At each stage, all Learners will share comments and suggestions with each other, helping each other to gauge progress and to learn about different approaches to photography and content. By expressing your own ideas and expectations about quality in response to the work of others, you will be forming your own criteria of excellence as well. Along the way there will be multiple opportunities for sharing pictures and ideas through carefully designed Peer Review. This sharing of photographs and comments with peers, and reflecting on their comments about your photos, will be an exciting learning experience that will help you grow in understanding your own photography and that of others. Your contribution of comments to fellow Learners will not only help them understand their photographs better, but it will give you an opportunity to use the vocabulary of terms that are related to techniques, design principles, and content approaches that you have learned through your success in each of the previous Modules. A unique aspect of this Specialization is that everyone who completes the requirements will receive, in addition to their Certificate of Specialization from Michigan State University, access to substantial discounts on equipment, accessories, and membership benefits through Industry Partners from among the premier manufacturers of photography equipment and related items: Fracture, Gary Fong, Gyst, Lensbaby, LensPen, Lume Cube Lighting, Photo District News, PhotoVideoEdu, Think Tank Cases/Bags. In addition, The 'top-10' peer-reviewed Capstone projects each year will be awarded the opportunity for individual reviews, with personal responses, by world renowned photographers who have been honored with the title of Canson-Infinity® Paper Ambassadors.

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Rating 4.9 based on 48 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Effort Plan on spending more than 5.hrs per week completing each module, much of it making/editing photos
Starts Feb 4 (next week)
Cost $79
From Michigan State University via Coursera
Instructors Peter Glendinning, Mark Valentine Sullivan
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Personal Development

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so much in 4 reviews

I learnt so much.

There is so much talent.

Learnt so much right through the first four courses and the Capstone to cap it all!

I got so much valuable feedback from my peers throughout the 8 weeks, it really taught me a lot.

michigan state university in 3 reviews

:) First of all I'm thanks to UNHCR ,that give me this chance to be the student of Michigan State University online courses.

Wishing all my fellow Spartans every success and lets hope we will meet again on some other great photography course put on by Michigan State University 0 · Reply loved every second of it very good I have learned a lot from this course!

Thank you Coursera & Michigan State University for this course.

about photography in 3 reviews

through this course I have learned more about photography than I ever expected.

Not only did I learn about photography, but it also gave me a chance to walk, explore and know my city in a much better way.

I learned a lot about photography, and about project planning.

recommend it in 3 reviews

I highly recommend it for anyone interested in making photographs.

Will recommend it anyday Beyond my expectations!

Loved entire processes and recommend it to anyone wanting to bring their photography skills to next level.

excellent course in 3 reviews

This is an excellent course!

Excellent course all-round!

Many thanks to our excellent course tutors and my colleagues on this particular Capstone course.

It is excellent course to apply the knowledge from previous four courses and finally put together series of photographs united by theme.

10 pictures in one review

If I can make a suggestion, I just believe since it is a very fast pace course, suddenly 10 pictures, it is too much.

It would be good to know we will be posting 10 pictures in advance, so we can prepare for it since the beginning.

Or... maybe give a few more days on the tasks with 10 pictures to post.The reason it is not a five star course is because our two professors never get to comment our work.

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Rating 4.9 based on 48 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Effort Plan on spending more than 5.hrs per week completing each module, much of it making/editing photos
Starts Feb 4 (next week)
Cost $79
From Michigan State University via Coursera
Instructors Peter Glendinning, Mark Valentine Sullivan
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Personal Development