PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY COSTS
Based upon a yearly survey of graduates, we estimate that the average amount spent on required equipment and supplies (excluding digital camera body, lens, dedicated flash) is between $1500 – $2500.
While the tuition at RCC is quite reasonable, we understand the purchase of photography equipment may seem costly. Our goal is to guide you toward making wise investments. For this reason, we recommend students delay equipment purchases until after the faculty has had an opportunity to explain in detail the equipment and supply requirements. To aid students in budgeting and planning, we have compiled the following list of the required equipment/supplies as well as a list of popular vendors. Some vendors may offer student discounts.
Please note at the beginning of each semester, instructors will issue a list of additional materials and supplies needed for each their classes such as: books, film, paper, matte board, etc.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT (WITH TIME LINE FOR PURCHASE)
Fall Semester – year one – need by 2nd week of classes
Tackle box kit – This kit contains smaller items that will be used for classes such as: Uhu glue, white gloves, stapler, #2 pencils, scissors, etc. A complete list and description of contents will be given during the 1st week of classes. The kit is available at the RCC Campus Store and may be purchased before semester begins.
Camera bag (padded) – https://northcarolinaphotographyschool.com/2016/06/06/camera-bag-requirement/
- Required only for students checking out medium format cameras from RCC Photography Equipment Check Out (ECO)
- Must be large enough to safely contain and carry a medium format camera
- Minimal interior dimensions of 12″ x 9″ x 6″
- Must be fully padded
- Must have a sturdy handle or strap system
Cable release – Standard mechanical cable release for film camera
- Must be capable of holding 12 pounds! Medium format film cameras are heavy.
- 3 way pan/tilt heads are preferred.
- Ball heads are not recommended. NO VIDEO TRIPOD HEADS!
- Standard or quick release plate heads are both acceptable.
- Recommended brands include: Bogen-Manfrotto, Slik, Induro or Benro.
- Capable of reflected, incident and flash exposure readings.
- Recommended models include: Sekonic L-308S, Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR , L-758D, L-758DR. (Note: The Sekonic L478DR and L-478D both require a $105 5-degree Viewfinder reflective accessory attachment. Great units but cost a bit more.
Spring Semester – year one – need by start of semester
Digital Camera body – Professional level HD Digital SLR (single lens reflex) – minimum requirements:
- Total manual operations
- Raw file capture
- Metal lens mounts
- May be used with interchangeable lenses
- Hot shoe
- 1280 x 720 (or higher) HD Video Capture, 30 / 25 / 24 fps
- Auto Bracketing Exposure (AEB)
- Audio input (3.5mm stereo mini-external microphone input)
- Shutter 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb – X-sync at 1/160 or faster
- Live view shooting
- Custom Color Temperature setting (as well as standard presets)
- ISO 100-6400
- Burst: Min. 3 frames (shots) per second
- Exposure Modes, Full Manual, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Bulb, Flash Off Camera,
- 1/160 Flash Sync Speed or faster
- Used cameras are perfectly acceptable but we strongly suggest that you obtain the camera from a reliable source that includes a written warranty.
Acceptable camera bodies include:
|7D series||D750 Series|
|5D Mark II, Mark III, Mark IV||D800 Series|
|5D-S and 5D-S R||D4 Series|
|EOS 1Ds Mark III||D5 Series|
|EOS 1D Mark IV|
Memory Cards – compatible with your HDdSLR (CF or SD are standard)
- Capable of a minimum of 16 Gigabytes of storage, UDMA, 300MB/s or faster.
Multi-Card (SD & CF compatible) card reader – with USB or Thunderbolt connection.
External (portable) hard drive –
- Minimum 1TB capacity (4TB is better)
- Bus powered (does not need an external power cord)
- Thunderbolt or USB II / III connection
- Ability to format to current MAC OS extended file system
Spring Semester – year one – need by start of 2nd eight weeks
Flash – Hand held “dedicated” electronic flash.
- Flash must be “dedicated” to your DSLR system (Canon or Nikon – No after market brands)
- Minimum Guide Number of 80
- Hot shoe mount
- Battery powered
- PC connection socket
- Capable of non TTL automatic function
Light stand – portable
Batteries with battery charger – 4 AA rechargeable
Summer Semester – year one – need by start of semester
Headphones – over-the-ear style, stereo (ear buds are not acceptable for course work involving audio/multimedia projects)
Optional Equipment and Software
Medium format camera with normal lens – used Fall and Spring 1st year
- Medium format film cameras will be provided for limited student use by the RCC Photography Department. If a student wants unlimited access to a medium format camera, we recommend purchasing a used camera and normal lens. Please contact us for recommendations.
- Acceptable brands are Bronica, Mamiya, Hassleblad, Pentax, Rolleflex, Yashica, and Contax
Computer – used from Spring 1st year forward
- A laptop loaded with software matching that used in your classes is highly recommended but not required.
- Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro or iMac. Apple does offer educational discounts. See their web site for particulars.
Software – Annual subscription Adobe Creative Cloud – used from Spring 1st year forward
- Academic Superstore http://www.academicsuperstore.com/
- Adorama http://www.adorama.com/
- Apple Education Store http://store.apple.com/us-hed
- Mac On Campus http://www.mac-on-campus.com/
- Mid West Photo Exchange http://mpex.com Jim Andracki firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newegg http://www.newegg.com/
- RCC Campus Store
- Roberts Camera http://robertscamera.com/
Please note: Exact equipment model numbers and features are subject to change.