Digital Photography - Cazenovia College
Be Sure to Bring Your Camera to Class

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.

Equipment needs for the class
You MUST have a camera that can adjust the shutter speed the lens aperture (f/stop) and has manual focus option

Digital Camera Selection

Camera selection is complicated-
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)
Manual controls are often found on dials like this with M- AV- and TV options (sometimes M-A-S)

Be sure to check these options:

A good reference site is DP Review- with a camera feature search section- Look for the features of aperture priority and shutter priority. Check the features on your camera with this database.

Using manual control of your camera

Digital File Management

You need extra camera storage media (memory cards) [sd, cf, xd, stick] Cameras create different size files-
you need at least enough storage space to take 200 high quality images in a session.


You will also need a high capacity flash memory device or external hard-drive to back up your work.


You must have a steady camera support, A full size tripod -
Good used tripods are available on ebay

ACE Hardware- Lowes - Home Depot
You also need an inexpensive Clamp-On or work LED Light with a 100watt equivalent bulb
(Clamp LIght at Amazon)

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