The Photography Department boasts one of the best equipped facilities in the state. This includes well outfitted studios, darkrooms and digital imaging labs. In addition to the lab space available to students, regular exhibitions are presented in the Edouard de Merlier Photography Gallery.

The Edouard de Merlier Photography Gallery

The Edouard de Merlier Photography Gallery is dedicated to presenting exhibitions of outstanding contemporary photography. In addition to hosting professional commercial and fine art photographers, the Edouard de Merlier Gallery also holds a Juried Student Exhibition every spring. This show presents the best work of our currently enrolled students, and is judged by a working professional photographer. Please check our calendar for the dates of our next show.

The Edouard de Merlier main gallery. The gallery extends beyond the main entrance of the department and into the lobby area.
The Edouard de Merlier main gallery. The gallery extends beyond the main entrance of the department and into the lobby area.

The Stockroom

Equipment checkout, studio reservation, request for replacement ink, troubleshooting help, ICC profile help, etc, etc, all happens at the Stockroom. Here resides the Lab Technician and Instructional Assistant of the Photography Department, who may direct you to the instructor on duty, a student mentor, or help you herself.

Lab Technician and Instructional Assistant Grace Suphamark hard at work towards the end of the semester, when all of the paperwork starts to pile up!
Lab Technician and Instructional Assistant Grace Suphamark hard at work towards the end of the semester, when all of the paperwork starts to pile up!

Studios

For the studio oriented classes (such as Studio Practices, Intro to Professional and Studio Lighting), two outfitted studios are available to students, with a variety of lighting systems available for use as well. We provide any and all equipment necessary for your assignments to be completed. While students are welcome to bring their own equipment, the department’s equipment is available to those given a demonstration on proper use by their instructor.

The studio is available for reservation for four hours per week in each class a student is currently enrolled in. Students may also reserve the studio for personal use (not for any paid job) pending instructor approval. The studios also have 4 iMac computer carts and 2 Macbook Pros available for tethering during a shoot.

Student Mentor Terah Williams and Instructor Jackie Lovato work with student Joey Heida in studio. Photo by Alicia Munoz.
Student Mentor Terah Williams and Instructor Jackie Lovato work with student Joey Heida in studio. Photo by Alicia Munoz.

Darkrooms

Students enrolled in Photo 101- Introduction to Photography, will work in our 4 film processing rooms as well as our fully equipped chemical black and white printing darkroom for a portion of the semester. They will have access to 12 new Besseler enlargers and the Finishing room, where students can dry their prints and film, as well as mount and finish their assignments and projects.

The chemical black and white printing darkroom. Photo by Will Hare.
The chemical black and white printing darkroom. Photo by Will Hare.
Students work in the Finishing room. They are completing their final assignment for Photo 101 by dry mounting their images just before the last class of the semester.
Students work in the Finishing room. They are completing their final assignment for Photo 101 by dry mounting their images just before the last class of the semester.

Digital Imaging Labs

There are three separate digital imaging labs.

The first, in room 214, is often filled with a majority of Photo 101 students; however, it is available to all photography students. This lab is also shared with the Airline and Travel Careers Department, so please check the schedule at the beginning of the semester. In addition to that, each student logs into one of the 28 computers using their I.D. number as well as their CRN, so please have this on hand.

Students work in Lab 214.
Students work in Lab 214.

The second lab, in room 232, is for Intermediate and Advanced students. This is for students currently enrolled in Photo 103 or above, only. This lab has 9 stations, as well as a work area, generally used for print planning, window matting, or as a laptop station. Lab 232 offers 4 Epson flatbed scanners and 9 Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Printers. Also available for checkout from the stockroom are 4 Wacom Intuos tablets for editing and retouching.

The Intermediate Lab in room 232.
The Intermediate Lab in room 232.

The third lab, in room 234, is for Advanced students only. This is for students currently enrolled in Photo 104 and above only. This lab has 7 computer stations, 1 designated laptop station, and 4 digital technician carts for student use. It also offers 3 Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printers, 6 Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printers, an Epson Stylus Pro 9600, and an Epson Stylus Pro 9800. Lab 234 also has a work area and comfy sitting area, where students can collaborate, plan photo shoots, and wait for class to start. Also available for checkout from the stockroom are 4 Wacom Intuos tablets for editing and retouching.

The Advanced Lab in room 234.
The Advanced Lab in room 234.

Sitting Area/ Lobby

In addition to designated studio, darkrooms and lab areas, the Photography Department also has access to a large sitting area, perfect for studying and working on assignments. Photography students often use this area to finish reading assignments or edit on their personal laptops. The space also offers perfect window light for several class’s assignments. Also, there is great wifi.

The sitting area on the second floor of the Technical Education 1 Building. This is where many Photography students work on their lab time and meet with their instructors for demonstrations and classmates before class.
The sitting area on the second floor of the Technical Education 1 Building. This is where many Photography students work on their lab time and meet with their instructors for demonstrations and classmates before class.