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Photography Supplies

For Major / Minors enrolling in Foundations of Photography I or II, a DSLR with the following minimum requirements: manual focus, manual metering with a full range of adjustable f-stops (at least F4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22), minimum 10MP and ability to capture in RAW file format.  If you do not already own a camera meeting these requirements, we recommend: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 7D, Nikon D7000, Nikon D90, Nikon D3100, Canon EOS 5D (Mark II or III), Nikon D300S, Nikon D800.

For Non-Majors enrolling in Foundations of Photography I or II, your camera may be either a DSLR or a compact camera but in either case it MUST have manual metering with a full range of adjustable f-stops (at least F4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22), minimum 10MP and the ability to capture in RAW file format. If you do not already own a camera meeting these requirements, recommended entry-level DSLRS include: Canon EOS XTi/400D and above, Nikon D40 and above. Recommended compact cameras include the Canon Powershot G12, Canon Powershot S100, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Sony NEX-5N, Olympus PEN E-P3, Panasonic Lumix G-series, Panasonic Lumix DMX-LX5. 

For students enrolling in Black and White Photography Course #23-1115a SLR Camera with the following minimum requirements: manual focus, manual metering with a full range of adjustable f-stops (at least F4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22). Any 35mm film camera with these capabilities will be suitable for the class. 

Portable HD Requirements, to support your studies in photography you MUST have at least two mac formatted portable hard drives (one used as a master and the other as a back up) with a minimum storage capacity of 500GB each. Recommended connectivity is USB 3.0 or FireWire 800. 

Computer Requirements, the College has fully equipped computer labs that will meet your in class and project needs. The Photography department uses an Apple Mac platform to deliver all course instruction. Although it is not necessary for you to own a computer, if you are considering purchasing a desktop or laptop the department suggests one of the following: 

iMAC Desktop

  • 21.5-inch: 2.7GHz
  • 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution4GB (two 2GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive1
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

Apple Mac Book

  • 15-inch: 2.2 GHz
  • 2.2GHz quad-core 
Intel Core i7
  • 4GB 1333MHz
  • 500GB 5400-rpm1
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)2


Please print this list and feel free to take it with you when comparison shopping since it is absolutely necessary to meet the minimum requirements