A portable hard drive to store and edit your images from is crucial for the photography course. Most of the students use a 1TB Weston Digital Portable Hard drive. The Hard drive should be formatted to work on both PC’s and Mac’s (FAT 32).
A portable hard drive allows student to save and edit their work in photography. The student will also back up their work via the Onedrive (cloud storage) which is free for the students to use on the course.
While studying photography at Sir John Deane’s you’ll be using a Digital SingleLens Reflex camera (DSLR) for your photography projects.
Sandisk SD 16 or 32 GB Cards x 2 Please buy from somewhere that is a reputable supplier, Amazon, etc as there are lots of fakes floating around on ebay.
At the time of writing September 2021, 16 GB Sandisk cards are £5.49 each.
A small permanent marker pen to write your name onthe SD cards.
We have cameras and other equipment to take out on loan from college for those students who don’t have their own DSLRs, so please don’t worry you will be given a camera if needed.
DO NOT buy Canon DSLR 4000D or 2000D, 250DSL3 or any camera without a hot shoe central pin, it will be no use for working with flash or studio lighting.See link here….https://petapixel.com/2019/05/03/canon-made-its-new-entry-level-dslrs-incompatible-with-3rd-party-flashes/
It’s best to buy a camera secondhand from a supplier such as https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/
The Nikon 3200 with an 18-55mm lens is a good option…
We have no relationship with any camera supplier, but there are plenty of entry level second hand/nearly new DSLRS’s on the market from camera exchanges and private sellers, we use Nikon DSLRS at the college, D3300, D3400and D35000 and have a range of Nikon lenses the students can take out on loan.
“Mirrorless” cameras are also fine, but they need to have easily accessible, usable manual controls (we only shoot manual). Please ask before purchasing one of these.
IF YOUR UNSURE WAIT UNTIL YOU STARTCOLLEGE AND THEN ASK WHAT’S SUITABLE
The advantage of a student having their own camera is they get to know the controls more quickly, when the controls and settings are second nature they can start to work more intuitively.
I feel it is often better to purchase a 2nd hand camera as most of the money will be recouped if you decide to sell the camera and lens at a later date.
Please don’t buy a camera on the recommendation of a salesperson, if you are unsure what to purchase please email: email@example.com