Communication Graphics Supply List - http://staff.beaumont.k12.tx.us/gloker/Supplies.htm
Some items are needed in the next two weeks. Required photo materials, such as film, darkroom photo paper and commercial photo prints, will be needed during the course of the year. Digital cameras will be used starting in ~8th week of school. Although it is not necessary to have a camera at school for pictures taken during class, it is necessary to have access to a camera at home for home photo assignments. A digital SLR is recommended, however most any 8mp+ digital camera is acceptable. Unfortunately, cell phone cameras are not suitable for class projects. Please review the list below on supplies and equipment needs...or email the instructor for more details or assistance in choosing a camera. A limited number of older, compact digital cameras are available for check out.
Note: A classroom locker will be provided to each student to share with one other student but each student is responsible for their OWN supplies. Having supplies every day is expected. I have included Office Depot product numbers for your convenience, however, the item number is subject to change. If there is any doubt about the item, please send the instructor an email. Start acquiring items as soon as school starts using the picture reference below, but do NOT bring into class until class locker is assigned. (* Stared Items - to be stored at home after the 1st 6 weeks.) Place your name on all items (using the sharpie...but make it attractive on the binder, like in the inside, as it will be graded based on it's overall appearance). A supply check will be done in the 3rd week of school for all items with a red check mark - √ . NOTE: A camera is not necessary until the 2nd 6 weeks...so please wait before purchasing a camera.
Consumable Class Supplies
o Photo Specific Supplies - DO NOT BUY ON YOUR OWN
Photo Paper For the darkroom, some projects require special silver based paper. Photo paper is only available via mail-order. Because of this, a precise amount will be made available for students to use. Extra photo paper may be purchased for personal preference, or in the event of mistakes or waste. I would not expect a Photo 1 student to need more than $2-3 for extra photo paper. Toward the end of the fall semester, then again 3 times in the spring, students will print a total of 8 - 8x10s photos as a personal portfolio for their keeping.
The pictures need to be printed at Walgreens or Sams to be high enough quality to frame and enter competitions and keep or give as gifts at the end of the year. The total cost of these commercial prints may be from $15 to $35. Additional cost my be incurred for excess prints made during class or outside of class, but this would be up to the student and would certainly result in more wonderful prints to keep.
Photo Paper - In the 2nd semester (1st semester for Photo 2+ students), prints will be mounted to display boards. These can be purchased at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, as well as in the classroom at a reduced price.
Supplies/Equipment needed: OD = Office Depot #s. See bottom of page for WalMart Numbers as well as PICTURES of each item. √ items are required.
√ Pen - Most written assignments must be turned in written in BLACK or BLUE MEDIUM BALL POINT PEN. Only rough draft sketches can be done in pencil. Have extras stored in class locker. NO roller balls or felt tip pens for class work. If a pencil is used when Pen is expected, you will loose points.
√ RED Pen or pencil.
√ Paper- loose-leaf. OD# 932749 (but you ony need maybe 20 sheets for this class...so split a pack up with your other classes)
√ Plastic protective pages. Clear (not anti-glare), heavy weight. OD #: 498841 If you are NOT purchasing from OD, be sure to get the correct item. No side loaders, nor flapped tops. They must be heavy weight and must be NEW...no reusing sleeves. Try to get ones with the white spine. Nearly ALL assignments will be turned in inside a sleeve. Approximately 25 sheets will be used during the course of the year. If you purchase the WRONG sleeves, you will need to take them back and get the correct one. Turing in assignments in the wrong sleeves will result in a loss of a point EVERY time and your work may get damaged. The first 6 weeks, the wrong sleeve will be -1 per assignment. After the 2nd 6 weeks, the wrong sleeve will count -2. NOTE: Having the correct sleeve is NOT a guarantee to NOT loose points from Sheet Protector Damage. Keep sheet protectors NEAT, CLEAN and undamaged to make a professional appearance of your work. Thin, economy sheet protectors are nearly impossible to keep from getting damaged. NO SIDELOAD and NO ECONOMY varieties...they don't hold up and your prints will get damage.
√ Sanford Sharpie, Black only, twin tip preferred OD# 288791
o Optional - 1/2" (preferred) or 1” View Binder to serve as an Art Portfolio. BLACK or White ONLY, with inside pockets, outside clear cover, OD #: 208243 or 208225. Need to be able to store a picture on the outside of the binder for a Photo Portfolio. Students will not be able to store binders larger than 1" in their classroom lockers, and carrying binders in the backpack is not desirable.
o Optional - Pocket notepad, pack of 3. OD# 765805 (Small version…3x5”) - Optional...but highly recommended. Even if a student has a $600 texting gadget (smart phone), they could still benefit from a pocket pad. Students with out phones could definitely benefit from this ultra simple way to keep organized and take notes while taking pictures.
o Optional - Ear buds/Headphones. Bring an old, basic pair to be stored in the class locker to listen to computer based tutorials. Community headphones are available, but for sanitary reasons, your own headphones are recommended.
o Camera: Photos taken during class will be with school issued cameras. Other pictures MUST be taken outside of class time so it will be necessary to a) own or b) have access to your own camera. I do have a limited number of older economy cameras available on a first come first serve basis. Although the outside photo assignments CAN be completed with even a a HIGH Resolution Smart Phone, it is not recommended. An ACTUAL digital camera is EXPECTED and HIGHLY recommended.
In addition to the above, please have ready access to the following. Please look over the list above. MOST is still needed this year. With the exception of the glue stick, please bring back all items to be stored in the class locker to be assigned the first few days of school.
o Video capable DSLR. While VIDEO capable DSLR is not absolutely required, you do need a better camera than a cell phone or basic point-n-shoot. If you are still using a P&S or cell phone only, and due for an upgrade, consider a DSLR camera that has video capability. Cameras will again be available for check out, but that is for limited use. It is expected that a student interested in pursuing a 2nd year of photography will have access to their own DSLR, particularly to start shooting for the summer assignment. Checkout out cameras as often as Photo 2+ needs a camera will put an undue burden on both the student and the teacher.
o Remote Shutter - for your specific camera model. These can be purchased very inexpensively (under $20) from ebay or Amazon and will prove to be useful well beyond the time frame of this class.
o External Drive. To facilitate a MUCH larger collection of photos than a 8gb - 64 gb drive will hold, including videos in the 2nd semester, it would be very helpful for the students to have access to a 500gb to 1TB external USB drive. These run about $50
o Tripod. These can be purchased very inexpensively (under $100) from Best Buy, ebay or Amazon. I do have a limited number of tripods that can checked out for a LIMITED amount of time. Since the tripods are used for Photo I projects as well, in the Fall and the Spring, you can NOT take a tripod home for the year as has been common practice in the past. I will continue to check out tripods, but they will be due back in 1 week. Since a tripod is an investment that transcends cameras, and therefore the timeframe of this class, I recommend a purchase of a good tripod as you and your family will benefit from a tripod long after your current camera is put out of service. Point is, cameras will change over the decades, the need for a good tripod will not.
o OPTIONAL for home use - Card reader. These can be purchased very inexpensively (under $20) from Best Buy, ebay or Amazon. You can get either a single reader JUST for your memory card, or an all-in-one which will be more useful, but more expensive. If your computer at home does NOT have a built in card reader, you will want to get this. The computers at school have a built in card reader.
o 35mm B&W Film. DO NOT BUY ON YOUR OWN...but will be needed. Must be B&W film of which I have purchased in bulk and will available at school.
Camera Options: Owning your OWN camera, rather than borrowing a camera, will be a great asset now and in the future. Generally, I recommend AGAINST the purchase of a compact P&S digital camera. Due to recent price decreases, a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) is the best recommendation and value for the money. Search the web for even lower prices than those listed below.
DSLR Camera Recommendation: A DSLR is based on a 35mm film Single Lens Reflex cameras with TTL (Through the lens) optical view finders. These cameras are larger than a pocket P&S (Point and Shoot), but they are WAY, WAY better. Consider this an investment for the entire family as EVERYBODY will benefit. The DSLR may be 2-3x the cost of a P&S, but it is a much better camera. Also, keep in mind that the cheapest, $500 DSLR today is better than my first DSLR in 2002 that cost $2k! As for Nikon vs. Canon, I would first consider if any body in your family/friends has one or the other and get THAT same brand. You may not ever share lenses, but at least will have a resource should you need help with settings. Otherwise, I would recommend the entry level Nikon DSLR over the Canon. And a DSLR is still a much better choice than a Smart Phone for MOST types of photography.
Can't decide on a camera? DSLR vs. P&S? Unfortunately, this is not an easy decision. I have several of both kinds. There are times I use the P&S for exactly what they are...pocket sized cameras. I keep one in the glove box of both cars. But you just can't compare the quality of even the most EXPENSIVE P&S to the CHEAPEST DSLR. Even the cheapest, economy DSLRs is WAY BETTER than the most expensive P&S...with one exception...a P&S can take video clips. In picking a camera for this class...if you think the student or family in general will enjoy taking pictures, buy a DSLR. If a camera is just needed for class, or you want to get something really small and portable, go with the cheapest camera at the store. One thing for sure is to NOT buy a mid-sized P&S. these are the ones that kind of look like a full size DSLR camera, but are still not as good as a DSLR. The problem with these is that they are almost as expensive, and although they boast impressive Optical Zooms, they do not have removable lenses, and utilize EFV (electronic view finders) rather than Optical Viewfinders (DSLRs). Also complicating the decision in 2014 is that a good Smart Phone, iPhone 4s or higher, will be comparable to the entry level P&S
Camera Accessories: Regardless of the camera, don’t forget the CAMERA BAG and a memory card reader (if your computer doesn't have one built in).
· LowePro Ridge 10 $10 BestBuy SKU – 7184617 This is a small bag for the smallest of P&Ss. It is important to make sure your camera fits…but don’t skip this important detail. And always keep a camera protected, even if a camera is carried in a purse.
· SD Memory card reader $16 at Best Buy. SDDR-104 Although most cameras can be connected directly to a computer via a USB cord, it is easier to use a separate card reader like this. This reader will allow the memory card to be brought to school with out bringing the camera to school.
Camera Recommendations for 2016
Due to the pace at which new camera models are released, it is almost impossible to talk about specific cameras. I think it is better to discuss the price points and P&S vs. DSLR, and other basic tips. P&S cameras range from $50 for the cheapest models, usually in a blister pack sold right on the shelf. Even these basic cameras have gotten so good that they can produce decent results. Really, what has happened is that today's $50 camera is yesterdays $100 camera, to a degree. But the fact of the matter is that I don't recommend a traditional P&S at all any more. Smart Phone Cameras (8mp and higher) have just about matched the quality of a P&S. Granted, there is still a LARGE advantage of having an optical zoom, and the ability to control settings (more settings can be controlled on even the most basic P&S than any phone camera), but the inconvenience of carrying around ANOTHER device that is so similar doesn't make much sense. However, a DSLR is still way more capable than a Smart Phone. Both Nikon and Canon make an entry level DSLR that is fantastic option resource to consider for any family or growing photographer.
$550 - Nikon D3300 - An incredible camera at a very reasonable price considering what you get for it (at the time of writing this, on sale with a two lens kit) Although this is an entry level camera, it is state of the art and is electronically better than cameras costing many times more than this camera just a few years ago. This camera, if well protected, would easily serve the student and family for many, many years.
$450 - Canon Digital Rebel T5 - Similar to the Nikon above in state of the art quality. I have been with Nikon for many years and prefer it's operating system to the Canon. However, the image quality will be nearly identical. My recommendation is to go with what is in a person's circle of family and/or friends. So, if a family member already has one or the other brand, stick with. My parents bough my sister a Canon and me a Nikon...didn't make sense back in 1986 either. 8/21/16 At the time of this writing, the T5 with two lens kit is on sale and an excellent deal at $450.
OLDER cameras - Finding a USED, OLDER camera may be the perfect camera! For example, 3 year old cameras are routinely sold for $200...easily as good as my 2002 DLSR that cost $2,000 new. So, I have left the details from the older recommendations intact.
· Nikon - D3200 Digital SLR Camera - camera runs $350 as clearance and/or refurb. This is a VERY capable. Do not get less than a D3200 as the camera will not be capable of video.
NON- DSLR Camera recommendations: If SIZE is more important than function...or you need a little less expensive camera, here are a few options:
· Due to the improvements of cell phones, it is no longer advisable to buy a pocket P&S Digital Camera. They do offer better zooms, and better options than a cell phone, but they are impractical and unlikely to be carried around. A DSLR is a much better solution and will complete a cell phone.
Walmart SKU Numbers (Pictures below) (as of 8/27/2016, subject to change)
Sharpie Have seen a 2pk and a twin tip in the store, but could only find a 5 pack online for in store pickup..
Paper 150shts 000373951
Sheet protectors, heavy weight, 25 pack. 552245516 (Don't be confused...the HEAVY and the STANDARD look almost identical. NO SIDELOAD and NO ECONOMY varieties...they don't hold up and your prints will get damage.)
Portable Memory - 51708800
Pocket Pad, 4 Pack (or get the Mini Composition Book).
Pictures of items at Walmart (As of 2010. Find nearly identical if exact item is not available).
View binder - Clear pocket on front, Black or White only
Notice the 4 versions that Office Depot stocks:
Optional. Also, not permitted in all classes but they ARE permitted in here. We primarily use Dropbox to move photos from home to school and viceversa. But, if a person has limited internet access, this is a good resource to have.
Please email me if you have any questions.