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Photo One 
Digital  Photography Equipment

This class is an introduction to photography using a digital camera and computer rather than film and a darkroom. The principles of photography are the same but the process is different.

You will be using Adobe Photoshop on an IMac computer. This is not an extensive class in photoshop.

Camera

DSLR or Advanced Point and shoot

A DSLR (Digital single lens reflex) is great but not necessary-
A DSLR can be restricting...
they can't easily do macro close-up photos and their bulk makes it difficult to have the camera handy at all times.
A full function point and shoot style camera is easier to carry-
Students are expected to shoot a lot for the class and having the camera handy is helpful.

Megapixel size is not important (anything 5 mp or more is OK). Style can be Digital SLR or point and shoot Digicam.

The camera MUST have manual control over the Shutter Speed and the Lens Opening.
(Shutter priority and Aperture Priority)

Tripod

Sturdy enough to hold camera steady

A good tripod is important, used tripods are reasonable and can be found at Ebay.

Portable Light

Clamp Light or Work Light

Lighting is extremely important for photography. A portable light is valuable when natural light or indoor light isn't best for a strong photograph. 
LED bulbs are  becoming inexpensive, don't get hot,  are
long lasting, and very durable..
Get an LED bulb that is at least a 75 0r 100 watt equivalent. 

Storage

Camera Cards and Backup HardDrive

SD cards are becoming very inexpensive. The size should be enough for at least 200 images per shoot. I recomment 8gb or larger. You should have one for your camera and also one in case you fill the first up or it is lost or damaged