Equipment for a Photography Degree

photography degree equipment

When looking for a photography degree, student’s often find themselves bogged down with tons of photography equipment. Cameras, lenses, tripods. Students are realizing that getting a photography degree also comes with the need of tons of equipment. Before you turn away though, here’s a look at the breakdown of different photography equipment available on the market today.

With the advent of modern photography in the late 1820s and the popularization of the photographic art of Matthew Brady during the American Civil War in the 1860s, the evolution of photography has led to technologically-advanced equipment that is considered commonplace today. A wide-array of photographic equipment is available to both amateurs and professionals alike. Depending upon the desired quality and capture speed of the photographs, the only limits one may encounter are the cost of the equipment and the skill of the photographer. Photography degree students should be on the lookout for the next big piece of equipment.

For the low-price to mid-price range models, point-and-shoot cameras are available to offer photographers an uncomplicated operation. Also known as “compact cameras”, these cameras typically utilize digital technology with auto-focus, auto-exposure, and auto-flash to allow the operator to simply aim the camera at the desired target, push a button, and capture the image. These are the most popular type of camera on the market today and are usually used during vacations, recreational events, and celebrations by those not considering themselves to be an advanced photographer.

Though simplistic in their design, point-and-shoot cameras do not offer the fine tuning adjustments and optional lens and filter accessories to allow the capture of higher quality photos. Most of the popular models today have at least 10 megapixels and include the Kodak EasyShare, the Nikon COOLPIX, the Canon PowerShot, the Sony CyberShot, and the Panasonic Lumix. Prices of the better point-and-shoot cameras range from under one hundred dollars to several hundred dollars.

For more experienced photographers desiring equipment in the mid-price to high-price range, DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras are available. Generally, those desiring higher-quality or artistic photos may opt for a DSLR camera. These cameras offer much greater versatility in optional lenses, zooms, wireless transmitters, and remote triggering devices. Available lenses include ultra-wide angle lenses, super telephoto lenses, and specialty optical lenses. Special filters are also available to decrease UV rays and polarize light to reduce reflections. Many of the camera adjustments may be performed manually to allow for a much higher image quality.

These adjustments include light sensitivity, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. The downside of DSLR cameras include a much greater learning curve, heavier weight, and a higher price; these may make them impractical to all but the most advanced users. Popular models of DSLR cameras include the Sony Alpha, the Panasonic Lumix DMC, the Kodak DCS, and the Nikon D80. Prices of these cameras range from several hundred dollars to a thousand dollars and can increase to an even higher price with additional specialty accessories.

Given today’s interest and demand in photography and the skills that are required in its profession, a photography degree can prepare a photographer with specialty skills required for such careers as photojournalism, digital media, and commercial photography. A photography degree student can put to use any of these pieces of equipment while in college and they will lead to a successful career.

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