Pixel Lab Black & white film processing
Pixel Lab

The traditional/analog photography area includes a spacious, well-ventilated black-and-white communal darkroom with 16 photo enlargers capable of printing negatives ranging from 35mm to 4 x 5 inches. An adjacent accessory darkroom room houses a color/black-and-white enlarger that can print film sized from 35mm to 8 x 10 inches. In addition, there is a large black-and-white film processing area with automatic temperature control and a dedicated alternative-processes room with UV exposure units that can produce up to 30x48 inch exposures.

The digital photography lab includes 16 Macintosh workstations with seven 13-inch-wide and two 17-inch-wide inkjet printers. There are also numerous 8.5 x 11 inch flatbed scanners, one Nikon 35mm film scanner, and numerous Wacom tablets. An additional advanced digital lab houses two Macintosh workstations, two 17-inch-wide professional-quality inkjet printers, a Nikon medium-format film scanner, as well as a Hasselblad Flextight film scanner capable of scanning film sized from 35mm to 5 x 7 inches. Students may request prints up to 44 x 90 inches to be made on one of two wide-format inkjet printers.

A well-equipped studio provides space and tools to photograph a wide range of sets using tungsten, electronic flash, or daylight-balanced fluorescent lighting systems. A complete tethered capture system with a Macbook Pro is available for advanced photo students. A variety of large- and medium-format film cameras are available for checkout, as are a range of professional DSLR cameras including the Canon 5D Mark III.

A knowledgeable staff of technical assistants is available continuously during posted studio hours.


Monday - Thursday   10am - 10pm
Friday   10am - 8pm
Saturday   12pm - 6pm
Sunday   12pm - 10pm
Limited technical assistance available between 10am and 11am, Monday - Friday.

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