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Intermediate Level

Approx. 30 hours to complete

Suggested: Plan on spending more than 5.hrs per week completing each module, much of it making/editing photos...

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Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

ArtProjectPhotographyWriting

Learner Career Outcomes

60%

started a new career after completing these courses

44%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 30 hours to complete

Suggested: Plan on spending more than 5.hrs per week completing each module, much of it making/editing photos...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

CAPSTONE PROJECT LAUNCH!

4 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Baker Woodlot Series: A failed plan but a successful ending9m
Photographing Light Itself:-U-Turn6m
Lesson Review: "Making not Taking Photographs," from Course 310m
1 reading
The Capstone is a Journey, not a Race!10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Learning from others

3 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Analyzing the MSU Student project by Amy Davis17m
Analyzing the MSU student project by Haley Kooistra11m
2 readings
MSU Student Photographer's Statements: Amy Davis and Haley Kooistra10m
A Sample Review of a Photograph - Mark10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Learning more about critically analyzing

4 videos (Total 35 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Analyzing the MSU Student Project by Dennis Kennedy8m
Analyzing the MSU Student Project by Lauren Nalepa8m
Lesson Review: "Composition is a 'Map,' Balance is bike riding," from Course 38m
2 readings
MSU Student Photographer's Statements: Lauren Nalepa and Dennis Kennedy10m
The Critique/Review10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Mid-Term review time!

4 videos (Total 34 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Mark discusses the development of his Cuba photography projects - past, the present, and the future4m
Peter discusses the development of his photography project: Flora, Fauna, Florida7m
Lesson Review: Working a Scene from Course One13m
1 reading
Capstone Success Tips from Previous Learners!10m
1 practice exercise
Critique Practice Quiz6m
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Top reviews from Photography Capstone Project

By ATDec 2nd 2017

Great course structure. Great Professors and Mentors. This course has really help me grow a lot as a photographer. I'm so thankful to Coursera & MSU for putting such a great course for learners.

By ICMay 4th 2018

Perfect capstone for a great specialization! Depending on your project and how seriously you are taking it prepare yourself for a ton of work... but it's totally worth it! :)

Instructors

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Peter Glendinning

Professor
Art, Art History, & Design
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Mark Valentine Sullivan

Associate Professor
Music / Innovation Hub

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

About the Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization

Whether your camera is a Smartphone or DSLR, a Compact or Mirrorless model, you will learn to gain control of exposure and understand fundamentals of composition, while exploring documentary and creative concepts to make the kinds of photographs you have always wanted. This Specialization covers a broad range of fundamental principles in photography, from camera control to principles of composition and creativity, providing you with a foundation for growth in making photographs you’ll be proud to share. In the Capstone you will develop a final project of photographs related to your individual needs, whether practical or purely expressive, and share ongoing feedback with fellow learners. In addition to the awarding of a Certificate of Specialization from Michigan State University, each Learner who subscribes to and completes the entire Specialization, including Capstone, will receive substantial discounts on equipment, accessories, and membership benefits through Industry Partners from among the premier manufacturers of photography equipment: Fracture, Gary Fong, Gyst, Lensbaby, LensPen, Lume Cube, Photo District News, PhotoVideoEdu.com, Pixsy, and Think Tank....
Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR

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