Newley Kartak, a senior mass communication major Colome, tries out one of the new Canon cameras that Black Hills State University students now have access to thanks to an educational photography equipment loan program.
The Black Hills State University photography department recently received more than $30,000 worth of high-end photography equipment from Canon.

The Black Hills State University photography department recently received more than $30,000 worth of high-end photography equipment from Canon in recognition of the University’s strong and growing photography program.

The items on loan for students to use include cameras, lenses, flashes, lights, a photo-quality large format printer and other equipment. Eight 5D Mark II and 7D Canon cameras along with accessories will be available for students to check out as they work on photography projects.

Steve Babbitt, BHSU photography professor, noted that a Canon representative visited the University last semester and was so impressed with the work of BHSU students and faculty that the University was chosen for the educational loan program.

“Black Hills State University's photography program has demonstrated their success in creating imaging professionals. Canon realizes that the imaging business is very expensive for students and that in order to compete effectively in the professional business they must understand the tools of the trade and how to use them,” Kelly Blok, professional market specialist with Canon says. “Canon's long term commitment to education is a cornerstone of how we strive to provide our customers superior value.”

Babbitt expressed his sincere appreciation for Canon’s commitment to making the photography equipment available to students.

“It is an honor to be chosen to participate in this loaner program. It’s a testament to the quality of the BHSU photography program,” Babbitt says. “We are putting this equipment in the hands of our students so they can be using the latest equipment as they learn.”

BHSU, which is recognized for its high-quality innovative photography program, currently has nearly 100 students pursuing mass communication degree with an emphasis in photography. The photography program at BHSU offers opportunities to students interested in photojournalism, commercial photography, or fine art photography. BHSU has among the finest darkroom and digital imaging facilities in South Dakota and the surrounding region. Students also have access to a commercial studio and a new alternative silver and digital printing lab.

The photography program is hosting an open house Wednesday, April 20 in conjunction with a presentation by National Geographic Photographer Sam Abell. For more information on these events, call 642-6769.