Cameras & Equipment

Digital SLR cameras and laptops are required for most workshops, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. You are expected to have a working knowledge of downloading images from your camera to the laptop, organizing files using your image editing software, and selecting images for critique.


The following indicates the minimum equipment requirements all participants should bring (computer workstations are provided for workshops in the digital lab):

Computer Equipment

  • Mac or PC laptop computer with up-to-date operating system (OSX, Windows XP or later); iPads and similar tablet computers are not recommended as an alternative to laptops due to their limited functionality for photo management and processing
  • Minimum 1.33 GHz processor (processing speed should meet or exceed specifications of your image editing software)
  • 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Minimum of 15-20 GB of free hard drive space
  • Power cable for laptop
  • External hard drive or other storage device for digital lab workshops
  • Current version of image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop with Bridge or Lightroom. The Workshops’ staff is most familiar with Lightroom.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera and lens(es)
  • Digital memory cards with reader (recommended to have at least 8GB)
  • Power adapters and cables for digital camera
  • Manuals for camera, flash, etc.
  • Batteries and charger for rechargeable batteries
  • Tripods are not typically required but are recommended if you regularly use one when photographing in low light situations

Please Note: We do not recommend bringing a brand new camera that you have not had time to become familiar with using.

At this time, The Workshops is not able to support the use of film cameras in any of our photographic workshops in Mexico. If you would like to shoot film during your workshop, you will need to take the film home for processing. This will inhibit your full participation in the workshop process.

Manual Mode on Your Camera
Working knowledge of your camera in manual mode means that you are capable and comfortable with evaluating your in-camera light meter and choosing the appropriate manual settings.

The following statements can help determine your comfort level with manual mode:

  • You have a working knowledge of aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode, and understand the difference between each setting.
  • You understand how to adjust the aperture and shutter speed to control the light your camera captures.
  • You understand that in order to maintain the correct exposure, as aperture becomes larger, shutter speed becomes faster.