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 only exceptions are for participants in "Basics of Digital Photography" workshops in Santa Fe.

Nikon Loaner Program: Participants in workshops in Santa Fe are able to use the latest Nikon cameras and lenses during their workshop. All equipment is checked out from The Workshops Store on a 24-hour basis. You must be at least 18 years of age with a driver's license and credit card in your name.

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 10.6, Windows 7 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 20-50 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 brining 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. 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.